Beijing, China (August 21, 2008) /China Newswire/ — The Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing opens its door in Beijing's central business district today. Owned by Yunnan Metropolitan Construction Investment Co., Ltd. (YMCI), and managed by InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms, the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing features with upscale accommodations, comprehensive meeting space and services for small to large meetings and events. With its official launch, the hotel adds additional 4000 sqm function space in Beijing and creates a newest "Place to Meet" of the capital.

"We're really pleased" said General Manager Daniel Arbenz. "We are confident to offer our guests the very best services available and with a fresh approach. Our distinct Yunnan flavor makes us something different, something new, and combined with our international expertise we believe we can provide an unparalleled experience for all our customers."

Convenient location, unique stay experience, and professional services are always the key factors that guests are looking at hotels. Choosing to stay at the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing, guests will have it all.

The Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing is located in the rapidly developing Taiyanggong area of Beijing, on the north-eastern corner of the city's Third Ring Road and Jingcheng Highway. It is just 25 minutes from Beijing Capital International Airport and 10 minutes from the Olympic Green, Diplomatic District, China International Exhibition Center, Central Business District and world-class shopping precincts. Its proximity to the major business centers and technology parks make the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing an ideal base for business travelers alike.

Designed to replicate the stunning mountains, gorges and rainforest scenery of Yunnan Province in a modern style, the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace offers a unique luxury Yunnan experience in Beijing. The hotel is greatly influenced by Yunnan multicultural elements.Every arrived guest and visitor will be affectionately welcomed by staff wearing Yunnan minority cultural styled uniform, and once they have entered into the hotel lobby, their attention will be immediately attracted by a giant set of ethnic "Yunnan style pavilions" above 20 meters high. The Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing also offers a range of Yunnan experiences onsite, such as, Yunnan Rainbow restaurant, Yunnan "colorful-clouds" themed ceiling painting and so forth.

The Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing's 25-story landmark tower features 540 well designed, spacious, and technology-savvy rooms and suites. All rooms and suites feature a 37-inch flat screen TV, wireless broadband access, luxurious bathrooms, and most remarkably, with panoramic views of the capital. Its deluxe 300m2 presidential suite is fit to accommodate heads of state and is complemented with a private and secure VIP elevator. The hotel stands out with its comprehensive facilities and services catering to various sizes meetings, conferences, and social events.

As part of a globally well-recognized and respected hotel brand, the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing understands the details that go into planning meetings and presentations. Whether it's a crucial client meeting or regional conference for over 1,000 delegates, the hotel go out of its way to make guests meeting a success. Being a "Place to Meet", the hotel has all the full services and amenities guests could expect from a leading international hotel.Having one of the largest pillar-free Grand Ballroom in Beijing of 1400sqm, with variety of meeting spaces, "high-tech" meeting facilities, various culinary options, and outstanding Crowne Meeting services, the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing will be one of the "must-choose" hotel for meeting and event planners.

Meanwhile, the hotel's multiple cozy areas in the foyer, lobby, restaurants, bars, and even at poolside could facilitate those casual, impromptu meetings. Having WIFI access throughout the hotel, business travellers can focus their attention where it matters - on business.With remarkable formal and informal facilities and services, the Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing truly deserves to be the newest place to meet.

To help guests quickly recharge themselves from an all-day heavy business session, the hotel offers an exciting range of innovative restaurants and bars: Red Orange, which serves fresh Pan Asian and Western cuisine; Rainbow, which offers a feast of authentic and aromatic Yunnan dishes; Portofino, featuring fine Italian dining; and Sun Palace, classic Cantonese and regional cuisine fit for an emperor. Or if one feels like winding down, there is the Piano Lounge, a great place to meet friends and entertain clients with a café latte or a martini at anytime of day, or The Bar, perfect for a cool beer or a late night cocktail.

The hotel also features all the amenities for recreation and relaxation that one might need to rejuvenate the soul after the whole day brainstorming session, getting a lift to their day and leaving them to feel positive about life in general. Guests have the choice of aromatherapy treatments in the Crowne Plaza's signature Tea Tree Spa Retreat, or a rigorous cardio workout at the Fitness Center. More active guests can swim laps in the 25-meter indoor swimming pool or play a few sets on the rooftop tennis court.

The Crowne Plaza Sun Palace Beijing is wholly owned by Yunnan Metropolitan Construction
Investment Co., Ltd, a state-own company of Yunnan Provincial Government. Yunnan Metropolitan Construction Investment Co., Ltd has investments in the hotel, education, utility supplies and construction sectors in China.

The hotel is managed by IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group), one of the world's largest hotel groups by number of rooms. IHG owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, over 4,000 hotels and more than 590,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. IHG owns a portfolio of well recognized and respected hotel brands including InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn® Hotels and Resorts, Holiday Inn Express®, Staybridge Suites®, Candlewood Suites® and Hotel Indigo®, and also manages the world's largest hotel loyalty programme,
Priority Club® Rewards with over 39 million members worldwide.

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