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China’s First Holiday Inn Inaugurated, Plans For Seven More

January 10, 1986

PEKING (AP) _ The world’s biggest hotel chain formally entered the Chinese market when the Lido Hotel, a China-Hong Kong joint venture on the road to the Peking airport, was renamed the ″Holiday Inn Lido Beijing.″

Holiday Inn has managed the Lido since it opened with 500 rooms in February 1984, but it held back from a full management agreement until the recent completion of another 500 rooms.

Rudi Koppen, the American-based chain’s Asia-Pacific managing director, said Thursday that Holiday Inn plans to build seven more hotels in six Chinese cities and take on management of hotels in Canton, Guilin, Shanghai, Xian and the Shenzhen special economic zone outside Hong Kong.

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