Raffles Beijing Hotel - Home of the International Olympic Committee for the XXIX Summer Olympics

Released on: August 11, 2008, 11:59 pm

Press Release Author: Ms Yuki LI

Industry: Industrial

Press Release Summary: Raffles Beijing Hotel is the Residence of members of the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the XXIX Summer Olympic Games.

Press Release Body: (12th August 08) Raffles Beijing Hotel is the Residence of
members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the XXIX Summer Olympic
Games. With the hotel on the world's stage and in keeping with the Olympic theme of
"One World, One Dream, over 20 colleagues from other Raffles Hotels & Resorts
properties worldwide have also flown in to Beijing to lend support to the hotel.
This international team, fluent in 14 languages, is well in place to serve the IOC
committee which sees delegates from over 100 countries.

To ensure that delegates have a residential experience, the culinary team of Raffles
Beijing is recreating dishes from the various countries of the delegates to ensure
that they feel very much at home. Each delegate will receive specially selected
Olympic mementoes such as a copy of "Beijing Walks" coffee table book, to
commemorate China's inaugural Olympic event.

In preparation, Raffles Beijing, which has 100% occupancy during the Olympics, has
undergone more than 1,500 hours of Pre-Olympic preparation training since March
2008. Training sessions and language classes have been taking place daily so that
hotel staff from different departments can provide lateral service throughout the
hotel. Even back of-house administrative staff has been selected for intensive
training for deployment to other operational areas

A new concierge desk has been added to render assistance and to handle the
anticipated increase in queries and requests. More personal butlers have been hired
and trained to the exacting Raffles standards to provide the seamless service that
Raffles is renowned for.

"It was an honour for Raffles Beijing Hotel to have been selected by the IOC to be
the residence of its members, and my colleagues and I will ensure that the legendary
Raffles service is not compromised and is delivered, even during this exciting, but
demanding period", said Riaz Mahmood, General Manager of Raffles Beijing.

Diana Ee Tan, President, Raffles Hotels & Resorts, added "It is an excellent
testimony to the Raffles brand that Raffles Beijing has been given the vote of
confidence by the IOC. Our hotels have held centre stage during the Sydney Summer
Olympics and again during the 117th IOC session held in Singapore in 2005. The
spirit of excellence, which is the spirit of the Olympics, is very much akin to what
Raffles continually encourage in all our hotels worldwide."


Established in 1900s, Raffles Beijing Hotel witnessed many of the city's significant
social and political events, its commanding French-Orient colonnade fašade has long
stood as an icon of Beijing's historical heritage. It enjoys the most prestigious
address, at the crossroads of Chang An Avenue and shopping district of Wangfujing, a
heartbeat away from the historic Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Faithfully
restored, it reopened on 27 June 2006 featuring 171 tastefully appointed rooms, four
distinctive restaurants and bars, and five well-equipped banquet venues and a lofty
lobby adorned with a procession of graceful arches. The hotel's logo embraces the
contour of lattice Orient homes' peepholes, delicately encasing the hotel's name
penned by Premier Deng Xiao Peng. Raffles Beijing Hotel is a promise of splendour,
an exclusive world of peerless privilege and refinement, quintessential of the
Raffles legend.

Web Site: http://www.raffles.com/EN_RA/Property/RBJ/

Contact Details: Raffles Beijing Hotel
33 East Chang An Avenue, Beijing 100004
People\'s Republic of China

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