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Mandarin Oriental Beijing's future in doubt

29 Mar 2009

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced it will shut own the
pre-opening office of Mandarin Oriental Beijing, deepening further
doubt about the future of the luxury property.

On February 9,
fireworks staged for the Lantern Festival during the Chinese Lunar New
Year set off a conflagration that soon destroyed the building.

Owned
by China Central TV and located near its headquarters, the hotel was
reported to have been on track to open later this year with 241 rooms.

The
group’s statement said: “We are currently assessing the full extent of
the damage with CCTV, the owner and developer of the hotel, and this
will take time to complete. Therefore, until the situation is resolved,
the current pre-opening offices of Mandarin Oriental Beijing will be
closed with effect from June 12, 2009.”

Further updates will be posted on www.mandarinoriental.com

Margie T Logarta

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