[photopress:millenium.jpg,full,alignright]Millennium & Copthorne International will open its first hotel in China, Shanghai on August 28. This is a management contract with the Shanghai Workers Union which also owns hotels, villas and spas amongst other investments in China. The Millennium Hongqiao Hotel in Shanghai will be followed by the Millennium Beijing, scheduled to open in the capital city in the second quarter of 2008 in time for the Beijing Summer Olympics.
Millennium Hongqiao Hotel Shanghai is a 5-star international hotel located along Yan An Xi Road, Hongqiao. It is in close proximity to convention and exhibition venues and is only a 10 minutes drive away from the city’s domestic Hongqiao Airport and 40 minutes drive from Pudong International Airport. It is specifically designed as a business hotel and has more than 1,000 square metres of exclusive function space, including two pillar-free ballrooms.
Unless you have organized seminars you may not think that the pillar-free bit is important. In fact, it is crucial. If you have even a medium-sized audience each person must have a clear sight line to the speaker or speakers and any screens. You get this with a pillar-free ballroom. It is difficult to get it in any other way. They also have WiFi connection so that conferences can easily handle, for example, international participation.