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Executive Team Set for Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport; The 372-room
Hotel Expected to Revolutionize the Way We See Airport Hotels

 
Beijing 6 July 2010 - Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport opens on August 16, 2010 with a bold new mission: 
to revolutionize the way we see airport hotels.

Featuring DJs in the lobby, loft-style apartments and a stimulating 24-hour high-tech environment for work and play, Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport will be the first airport hotel in the world to make downtown guests green with envy.

“We are not just creating a convenient stopover hotel but one of the most fun places to be in the capital of the world’s largest nation.” said General Manager Mark Francis. “We aim to make staying at the airport in Beijing an exciting thing to do!” A Canadian national, Mr Francis, is a seasoned hotelier with more than 25 years experience working in a number of renowned hotel chains in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and The Bahamas. Mr Francis joined the Langham Group in 2004 as the Hotel Manager of The Langham, Melbourne in Australia. 
 

Opening Executive Team

Michael Munro – Director of Food & Beverage
Michael Munro, an Australian national, has over 20 years of food and beverage experience in hotels and independent establishments. From graduating from Ecole Les Roches Swiss Hotel Management School to running an Olympic venue in Sydney, he has been involved in numerous concepts; openings and refurbishments; from International hotels to independent establishments across various countries.

Stan Chau – Director of Finance
A seasoned hotelier and graduate of the University of London, Stan Chau, a Hong Kong national, brings with him more than 20 years of accounting experience working with major international hospitality groups in Hong Kong, Singapore and China, such as Star Cruises, Peninsula Hotels and Accor Hotels. Prior to joining Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport, he was the Financial Controller at The Dynasty Club Hong Kong managed by New World Hotels Group.

Helen Chen - Director of Human Resources
With a career in the hospitality industry spanning over 15 years, Helen Chen, a Chinese national, has worked with renowned international hotel chains, contributing to the successful openings of a number of their 5-star properties within China. Prior to her current position at Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport, Helen was the Assistant Director of Human Resources at the InterContinental Beijing Beichen. 

Bob Ren – Director of Rooms
Bob Ren, a Chinese national, brings over 17 years of hospitality experience and expertise on rooms management to Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport. Previously, Bob worked at length at various InterContinental and Accor hotels in China. His most recent position was Rooms Division Manager at the Sofitel Wanda Harbin for which he played an instrumental role in its successful opening. 

Simon McHendry – Director of Sales & Marketing
A British national, Simon McHendry has more than 14 years experience in hotel rooms operations and sales. Prior to taking on his new role at Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport, Simon served top Hilton hotels in London for 9 years and subsequently held management positions in both Front Office and Sales at Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong.

Cutting edge design, state-of-the-art technology and heaps of attitude are the hallmarks of this up-to-the-minute five-star lifestyle hotel that is situated right next to Beijing Capital International Airport’s iconic Sir Norman Foster-designed Terminal 3, just 10 minutes to the New China International Exhibition Centre and a mere 15-minute ride to the city on the Airport Express Railway.

The hotel also embraces the culture of Beijing with an art gallery showcasing unique contemporary Chinese artwork and a LIFE! boutique selling a selection of quirky and cool local designer and Langham Place branded gifts.

All 372 stylish guest rooms and suites (45 sq m – 300 sq m) are luxuriously appointed with signature Dream Big Beds, marble bathrooms with oversized baths and separate walk-in rain showers and gadgets galore like internet protocol phones, iPod docs, large flat-panel TVs, DVD / CD players, and WiFi.

Club perks are taken to new heights with the massive and exclusive two-level Club L lounge open around the clock and serving complimentary breakfast, all-day snacks, afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapés, and providing useful and entertaining extras such as a boardroom, internet pods, a pool table and game stations.

Bars and restaurants include the 24-hour bar and internet hub Portal - Work & Play which allows guest to blur the boundaries between business and pleasure by accessing WiFi on big screens in a relaxed and fun setting. A more elegant Chinese dining experience is on offer at Ming Court, while The Place serves favourites from around the world. Guests can also rock into the night at Fuel which features hot bands and DJs as well as big screens for sporting events. And there’s more to come next March when interactive Japanese Robatayaki & Bar, Tokoro, opens.

There’s no excuse for not keeping fit either with the jetlag and stress-busting 24-hour Cardio Studio, equipped with the latest in revival technology, the greatest personal trainers and the loveliest lakeside views.

The hotel is perfect for meetings and events with over 2,700 sq m of gorgeous natural-light-filled function space ranging from 40 sq m to 800 sq m for anything from high-powered corporate meetings to the most glamorous of weddings, gala dinners and cocktail receptions. 

Travellers can take advantage of the complimentary airport shuttle bus service. Painted from top to bottom in the trademark Langham pink, even the hotel’s buses have attitude!



About Langham Hotels International & Its Affiliates

Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when The Langham in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel.  For over 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality.  Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience. 

The group is pursuing an aggressive portfolio growth strategy using its distinctive brands and affiliate – The Langham, Langham Place and Eaton. Currently 19 hotels, including affiliates, are open or in the pipeline across four continents.

Langham Hotels International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings (Stock Code: 0041) which was founded in 1963 and listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972. 

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Contact: 

Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport
Director of Communications
Jessica Wang
T: (86 10) 6457 5555
jessica.wang@langhamhotels.com
http://beijingairport.langhamplacehotels.com/
 

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Also See: Langham Hotels International Wins Management Contract for its Second Hotel in Beijing – Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport Hotel / September 2007
Union Land Property Development Co. Ltd. Signs Langham Hotels to Operate 440 room Langham Place Branded Hotel in Beijing / April 2007
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