SOURCE: Marriott

Marriott

May 03, 2011 11:14 ET

Downtown Shanghai Hotel's Robert Chiang Is Honored as Courtyard's 2010 Opening General Manager of the Year

SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - With a hands-on approach and an attention to detail that promotes customer service as the top priority, Robert Chiang of Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi -- a standout among downtown Shanghai hotels -- was honored as Courtyard's 2010 Opening General Manager of the Year by Marriott International, Inc. at the 2011 CFRST (Courtyard, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, TownePlace Suites) General Managers Conferences, which took place in Indianapolis, Ind., March 26-31.

Despite limited experienced manpower available in the Shanghai market during the pre-opening period, Robert led the successful execution of a flawless opening -- and with his team was able to get the hotel open in time to take advantage of the business opportunities available through the World Expo in Shanghai. At the hotel near Xintandi, Robert built a motivated, cohesive team in the largest Courtyard hotel in China!

Nestled in the cultural and entertainment center of Shanghai and Opened in Sept 2010, the 456-room Nanjing Road hotel gained great satisfaction and recognition from customers. The Hotel will continue to deliver on Courtyard's promise, providing flexible space, amenities and excellent services that allow guests to maximize their stay.

As Marriott International's largest hotel brand, in 2010, Courtyard by Marriott added about 30,000 rooms and has already hit the 900 hotel milestone. The overall portfolio is expected to total more than 1,000 hotels in 40 countries by 2013.

Editor's Note:

Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi is centrally located in the city center within walking distance to Shanghai Railway Station and Metro line 1, 3 & 4. A number of city attractions are within easy access with only 10 minutes to Nanjing Road West, Jing An Temple and People's Square.

The Hotel offers 456 spacious guestrooms showcasing contemporary design at its best. The Executive Lounge is located on the 30th floor and offers breathtaking city views with exclusive facilities and privileges to Executive Room and Suite guests. In addition, the hotel features a variety of leisure options including MoMo Cafe, MoMo 2 Go, Lobby Lounge, fitness center and indoor swimming pool.

500 square meters total of function space, including a Grand Ballroom and 4 function rooms, is supported by comprehensive meeting facilities and our professional catering and events team. Courtyard by Marriott Shanghai Puxi is committed to make your event and stay a total success.

Courtyard by Marriott offers a refreshing environment that helps guests stay connected, productive and balanced, making it unique among hotels near People's Square. Intuitive services and design accommodate guests' needs for choice and control. With more than 860 locations in 30 countries, Courtyard is Marriott's largest brand; 200 additional Courtyard by Marriott hotels will open around the world over the next three years. All Courtyard by Marriott hotels participate in the award-winning Marriott Rewards frequent travel program that allows members to earn hotel points or airline miles for every dollar spent during each stay. To make reservations, visit www.courtyard.com, call the Courtyard toll-free number at 1-800-321-2211 or contact a travel professional. For more information about Marriott International, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.

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