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Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is 'the' place to meet

LUXURIOUS, smart and functional, Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai has a fresh, energetic vibe and offers unexpected touches that lure MICE delegates, fuel creativity and yet allow time to relax and recharge.

Boasting chic, intelligent design and sterling facilities, Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is a rising star among city hotels.

Facing luxuriant Century Park, the hotel is a place where people actually wish to dine, host events and indulge themselves. The five-star property is located in one of the city's fastest-growing areas for tourism and commerce.

"We have a fresh, energetic vibe, and offer unexpected touches that fuel creativity yet allow time to recharge and relax," says Christopher Kang, director of sales and marketing.

Guest rooms are spacious and beautifully designed, ranging from 42 to 168 square meters. Some offer spectacular views of Century Park. Guests staying on Club floors can enjoy butler and exclusive Club concierge service.

As the countdown to the New Year begins, Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is an ideal place for corporate annual gathering and dinners. It offers more than 7,300 square meters of banquet and meeting facilities, including two large ballrooms and 26 multifunctional rooms.

From December 20 to March 10, guests can enjoy an Oriental or Western banquet, complimentary use of standard audio system, free flow soft drinks and local beers for three hours, one-night complimentary weekend stay in a Deluxe Room with breakfast for two, and other benefits if they order 18 tables or more for year-end celebrations. The cost is 6,500 yuan (US$1,043) per table for 10 people plus 15 percent service charge.

The ballrooms are both functional and elegant, with Chinese design elements allowing a harmonious flow of movement. A soothing and pleasing atmosphere awaits MICE delegates.

The hotel has already made a splash as an event venue, since Yao Ming announced his retirement from pro-basketball there. World-famous enterprises have selected Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai for events each having more than 1,000 guests.

Also, the hotel takes into consideration the varying scale of events, from those hosted in soaring, 9-meter-tall ceilings for gala dinners to smaller spaces that can be subdivided according to guest needs.

A few chambers of commerce have held their annual balls in the hotel.

The 2,230-square-meter Grand Shanghai Ballroom is the city's largest pillar-free ballroom. It can accommodate more than 2,000 guests for theatrical events and more than 1,500 for banquets.

For those who want more fresh air and an open venue, the 700-square-meter rooftop is suitable for poolside events, barbecues, cocktail receptions and other occasions in good weather.

Within walking distance to the Shanghai New International Exposition Center, the city's biggest trade exhibition venue, Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai is a magnet for meeting organizers.

Because of its convenient location and transport, Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai saves MICE delegates' time and a typical three-day agenda can sometimes be compressed into one working day.

Sales and marketing director Kang points out that staying at Kerry has many perks for business travelers, including a free mini-bar in every room and access to the 24-hour Kerry Sports Center, Shanghai's largest hotel health club, spa and recreation facility, covering 6,000 square meters on three floors.

The gym is one of the best in Shanghai, using Star Trac equipment and offering more than 50 classes a week, from spinning to yoga. People in all ages can find exactly what they need in the sports center.

The center offers a 25-meter pool for swimmers doing laps. There's a separate children's area with small fountains and play equipment.

On the rooftop, members can book basketball and tennis courts until 11pm.

A juice bar offers smoothies and health shakes.

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