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Accor is delighted to announce the opening of Sofitel Xining (the city’s first international brand hotel) and The Sebel Xining (the first Sebel serviced apartment property in China).

Situated on the upper reaches of the Yellow River, Xining’s high speed rail link to Lhasa has boosted its interest as a destination for leisure and business travel.

Xining has had a distinguished history as a strategic link between the Central Plains and Western China. Over 2,000 years ago it was a major hub for caravans travelling to and from Tibet along the northern Silk Road. Modern Xining is served by good highways and direct rail connections to Lhasa in Tibet and Lanzhou in Gansu province. As the provincial capital, Xining is drawing increasing interest from entrepreneurs attracted by the go-ahead investment climate and rich natural resources.

“Accor is proud to play a part in making one of China’s hidden gems more accessible and enjoyable for leisure and business travellers alike,” says Paul Richardson, Chief Operating Officer, Accor Greater China. “The opening of Sofitel Xining breaks new ground as the city’s first international brand hotel. For Accor this marks another milestone as the group’s first hotel in Qinghai Province. And, at the same time, the opening of The Sebel Xining apartments, as the first Sebel in China, will add a new dimension to the city’s hospitality industry by widening the available options.”

The Sebel Xining is introducing China to a new concept of stylish and upscale serviced apartment living. Each of the 197 spacious apartments has a fully equipped kitchen, separate living area, and modern bathroom. A direct connection to Sofitel, provides access to the hotel’s restaurants and other services for guests who enjoy the greater flexibility of apartment style living.

“The opening of Sofitel and Sebel in Xining will be a strong addition to Accor’s luxury and upscale brand presence in Northwest China, with both brands appealing to travellers looking for excellent service and state-of-the-art leisure and business facilities,” says Michel Molliet, Senior Vice President, Operations, Luxury Upscale, Accor Greater China.

The hotel complex is part of Xining Xin Hua Lian City Complex. Xining’s first premier integrated project, which comprises an international 5-star hotel, high-end shopping centre, grade-A office buildings and residential towers.