Statement in Response to the Fire at the Development Site of Mandarin Oriental, Beijing

Feb 09, 2009, 13:46 ET from Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

LONDON, Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Mandarin Oriental, Beijing was scheduled to open in the summer of 2009.

The property currently employs 60 staff, all of whom work in pre-opening offices near to the hotel, which were empty at the time of the fire. We do not believe that anyone has been injured in the blaze.

Mandarin Oriental has signed a long-term contract to manage the hotel and has no ownership interest in the building. Our local management team are doing all they can to help the authorities to ensure the safety and security of everyone involved.

It is too early at the present stage to assess the damage, but we will make further updates as soon as we have more information.

SOURCE Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group