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Beijing Steps into the Global Spotlight with CNCC-II

Kathy Monte - News Editor

BEIJING — At the crossroads between the traditional and the new, Beijing is comprised of both ancient and modern architecture and ranked as the fourth most competitive global city — following Paris, New York and Singapore — by GainingEdge’s International Convention Destination Competitive Index 2021.

As home to seven world heritage sites and the first capital city in the world to have a UNESCO Global Geopark, Beijing has entered the modern age with its scheduled 2025 opening of the China National Convention Center Phase II (“CNCC-II”). Located in the Olympic Green Area at the northernmost end of Beijing’s central axis, and the Main Media Center (MMC) for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, this convention center offers a staggering 4,600,000 square feet of gross exhibition space and just over 2,900,000 square feet of flexible and multi-functional meeting and event space.

Once completed, the main building of CNCC-II will be consolidated within the existing facilities that includes the main convention center, high-end luxury hotels, a shopping mall and a commercial office building, all featuring the latest in technological advancements.

Since opening in 2019, CNCC-II has adhered to its core concept of “international vision, global resources, technological advancement and sustainability.” With the national goal of achieving a low-carbon, eco-friendly and green transformation, this purpose-built convention center is built in accordance with LEED V3 platinum standard and Green Building GBES 3-Star System standard. But, this conference center takes center stage with its green venue transportation system, electromechanical system energy conservation, renewable resource utilization and intelligent energy management.

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New Luxury Brand Hotels

Last year, Beijing North Star Group, the developer of the CNCC-II, signed on the dotted line to develop The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Beijing, North, and the Beijing Marriott Marquis Hotel, to add to the CNCC-II convention complex.

“North Star Group attaches great importance to this cooperation with two brands and I believe that both parties will be able to further strengthen our brands’ interaction, build market visibility, and open doors to new business opportunities while enhancing the CNCC-II complex project,” Li Weidong, Chairman of Beijing North Star Group, said.

Mao Yibing, President, Greater China, Marriott International Group, looks forward to a partnership with North Star Group that will lead to joint brand promotion, resource integration and management innovation.

The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, North at the CNCC-II complex will be the third hotel of the century-old luxury hotel brand Ritz Carlton in Beijing, while the Beijing Marriott Marquis Hotel will be the first in the capital city of the People’s Republic of China. Both hotels will welcome groups in 2026, together offering an additional 953 first-class guest rooms for global business travelers and MICE events, both from China and abroad.

The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, North will offer 282 guest rooms and suites, six dining venues, a lobby bar, all-day dining, a Ritz Carlton Executive Lounge, one meeting room and four breakout rooms. The health and recreation center will include an indoor pool, gym and spa.

The Beijing Marriott Marquis Hotel will feature 671 guest rooms and suites, six dining options and just over 35,000 square feet of meeting space.

CNCC-II’s main and commercial buildings are designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, and the three-story Chinese style roof garden is designed by Xue Lingen, the Chinese heritage designer, whose representative works include the Astor Court located in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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