Beijing, 28 NOV 2023
As the world-renowned capital of China since ancient times, Beijing has now developed into a modern international city. It is home to seven world heritage sites and the first capital city in the world to have a UNESCO Global Geopark. China National Convention Center phase II (“CNCC II”), the key construction project of Beijing, is located in the Olympic Green Area at the northernmost end of Beijing’s central axis and had served as the Main Media Center (MMC) for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. CNCC Its core mission is “implementing Beijing’s overall urban planning and strengthening its role as an international exchange center”.
Since its construction in 2019, CNCC II has adhered to the concept of “international vision, global resources, technological advancement and sustainability” and operated in line with the national goal of achieving a low-carbon, eco-friendly and green transformation in the China MICE industry. To meet this goal, CNCC II is designed and constructed in accordance with LEED V3 platinum standard and Green Building 3-Star System standard. What’s more, many beneficial concepts have been implemented, such as the green venue transportation system, electromechanical system energy conservation, renewable resource utilization and intelligent energy management. At present, CNCC II, which is scheduled to open its doors in 2025, is in the process of interior design.
In September 2023, with the strong support from Beijing government and Beijing North Star, the global community for international association meetings industry – ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) decided to set up its China representative office in CNCC II, Beijing, China to bridge global networking exchange for the business events industry of Beijing and China. At the recently-concluded 62nd ICCA Congress, it was announced that ICCA will collaborate with CNCC II on the first ICCASkills hub project in China, which is a major initiative launched after the establishment of the ICCA China Representative Office.
ICCA and the government of Beijing together with Beijing North Star is committed in upskilling and developing the workforce of the business events industry in China, and globally, to shape the future of meetings industry.
In addition, in that same month, Beijing North Star Group, the developer of the China National Convention Center Phase II (CNCCII) signed an agreement for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Beijing, North and the Beijing Marriott Marquis Hotel as part of the CNCCII convention complex. Mr Li Weidong, Chairman of Beijing North Star Group said, “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 CNCCII complex project.”
Ms. Mao Yibing, President, Greater China, Marriott International Group, who signed on behalf of the Group, believes that this journey with the North Star Group will lead to joint brand promotion, resource integration and management innovation.
The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, North at the CNCCII 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 Beijing. The two hotels will open for business in 2026 providing an additional 953 rooms to the precinct and offering world class standards for international and national delegations attending MICE events, as well as high-end leisure and business travellers, both from China and abroad.
The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, North will feature 282 guest rooms and suites, 6 dining venues, lobby bar, all-day dining, a Ritz Carlton Executive Lounge, one banquet room and four independent meeting 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, 6 dining options and a total of 3,270sqm of banquet and convention facilities.
Once completed and put into operation, the main building of CNCC II will be integrated with the supporting facilities, featuring the convention center, the two high-end luxury hotels, a shopping mall and a commercial office building, resulting in a world-class convention precinct with multiple function spaces and supported by the latest technology. In the future, CNCC II will become the preferred destination for high-energy meetings, exhibitions and events. In addition, CNCC II will contribute to China’s MICE industry as it strives to achieve high-quality development while strengthening Beijing’s role as an international exchange center.
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FAST FACTS CNCC II
• Located in the Beijing Olympic Green Precinct, CNCC II is invested, constructed and operated by Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Limited Company, the wholly-owned subsidiary of North Star Group. With its goal of being the “Masterpiece of the Capital in the New Era”, the main building will form a world-class convention complex with multiple function spaces and the latest hi-tech equipment. CNCC II is designed to be flexible and multi-functional to hold conferences, exhibitions and events of various scales. The Center has a grand block shape with a clear and open facade. The cantilever extending on the east facade mirrors Chinese traditional architecture, and reflects the Nation’s cultural confidence, openness, and inclusiveness.
• CNCC II, which had served as the Main Media Center during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, has provided services for more than 390,000 people for the Olympic Committee, news organizations and broadcasters from 50 countries and regions worldwide. The venue is scheduled to re-open as a purpose-built convention centre in 2025.
• The 780,000 sqm complex includes China National Convention Center–Phase 2, two hotels, one commercial office building and retail.
• The convention center offers 420,000 sqm of gross floor space and 270,000 sqm of purpose-built meeting and event space.
• The main body of CNCC II and its commercial buildings are designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Christian de Portzamparc. The three-storey Chinese style roof garden in CNCC II 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.
CNCC II Features
• When stepping into CNCC II’s VIP atrium, one cannot miss its giant LED screen 25 m high x 18m wide with 8K resolution which makes this convention center the first in China to offer a digital display of this scale with vivid colours and wider viewing angles.
• CNCC II will create an intelligent energy management system to automatically monitor venue energy consumption, and predict the energy consumption in different scenarios based on historical data for improvement. This system can conserve energy from 5% to 15%, and will meet the goal of green operations facilitated by advanced technology.
Photos and captions:
Pix 1: Aerial view of CNCC II complex (artist impression)
Pix 2: Unveiling Ceremony of the ICCA China Representative Office
L to R: Zhao Qizhou the Communist Party Secretary and Director of Beijing International Service Trade Affairs Center; Li Weidong Chairman of North Star Group; Marta Gomes ICCA President; and Senthil Gopinath, ICCA CEO
Pix 3: The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, North and the Beijing Marriott Marquis Hotel Management Project Agreements Signing Ceremony
(L to R)
Mr. Mo Fei, Deputy General Manager of Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co., Ltd.,
Mr. Li Xiaolin, Deputy General Manager of Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co., Ltd.,
Ms. Zhang Wenlei, General Manager of Beijing North Star Convention and Exhibition Investment Co., Ltd.,
Mr. Li Weidong, Chairman of of North Star Group,
Ms. Mao Yibing, President, Greater China, Marriott International Group,
Mr. Yu Guogang, Chief Development Officer, Greater China, Marriott International Group,
Mr. Neil WANG, Vice President of Hotel Development, China, Marriott International
Pix 4: The Ritz-Carlton Beijing, North (Artistic Impression)
Pix 5: Beijing Marriott Marquis Hotel (Artistic Impression)