[photopress:GrandHotelBeijing.jpg,full,alignright]The IOC officials are not known for depriving themselves of the finer things in life. Thus it is a great compliment to the Beijing Hotel and its neighbour, Grand Hotel Beijing that they will host senior officials from the International Olympic Committee during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. For IOC officials only the best is nearly good enough.
The two hotels will not only provide accommodation but also serve as the headquarters and command centre of the IOC during the Beijing Games.
Xiang Ping, vice director of BOCOG Games Services Department, said, ‘During the Beijing Games, the two hotels will receive main members of the Olympic Family, representing about 1,000 guests from outside Beijing.’ During the Games, the two hotels will not be open to the public.
The Beijing Olympic Committe has signed services contracts with 112 hotels in Beijing, including 38 five-star, 40 four-star and 34 three-star hotels. Together with the Olympic Village, the Athletes’ Village and the Media Village, these hotels will accommodate 50,000 accredited athletes, journalists, officials and sponsors.
The average price for a five-star hotel room will be $353, while rates at four-star and three-star hotels will be US$272 and US$176, respectively. This compares to prices of around $628.9 for a five-star room during the 2004 Athens Olympics which raised a small storm of protest in the media.
Source: China Daily
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