Executives holding meetings in Beijing will be able to avoid the city’s often notorious traffic thanks to a new helicopter service operating from a leading convention hotel based atop the capital’s tallest building.
The China World Summit Wing has teamed up with China World Trade Center and private aviation specialists Reignwood Supreme to operate a helicopter for guests staying at the 278-guest room hotel.
Flights to and from Beijing International Airport, to the Great Wall and tours over specific landmarks can be arranged for meeting, incentive and conference groups.
Incentive travel planners say that private helicopter excursions around Beijing have been restricted until recently, mainly due to security concerns. But with Beijing making a joint bid with Zhangjiakou, in Hebei province, to host the 2022 Winter Olympics authorities are eyeing an increase in demand.
The China World Summit Wing, managed by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, occupies the top floors of the China World Summit Tower. The building’s owners work with “120” – the Beijing Emergency Medical Centre – to operate the capital’s first air ambulance.
The helicopter pad has now been extended for use by hotel guests and meeting delegates after an opening ceremony and inaugural aerial tour on January 6.