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A rising star in the MICE market of Shandong Province’s Linyi City

Interview with Sergio Bretti, General Manager of Pullman Linyi Lushang

Could you briefly introduce Pullman Linyi Lushang?

We are an international brand hotel with 312 rooms and suites located beside the Yi River, the longest in Shandong Province, and face the largest public park on the river’s banks. The airport as well as the railway station is only 15 minutes drive away so it is very convenient for business and tourism travel purposes. The hotel offers many facilities such as an international restaurant, the Café One, which features an open kitchen and a variety of dishes from Asia and Europe, and offers local traditional food as well. The Gold Garden, our Chinese restaurant, is located on the second floor of the building and offers a selection of dishes from the Guangdong and Sichuan regions as well as providing local Linyi cuisine. The Lobby Bar is a public area with live entertainment to create the environment for business and casual guests to gather and enjoying the moment. The Fit/Lounge is a place to keep your mind and body fit and healthy. We provide a heated indoor swimming pool as well as a Yoga room, and Sauna and Jacuzzi are also available. 70% of the hotel rooms and suites have stunning views of the Linyi River and Phoenix Park. The Executive Club situated on the 31st floor is the jewel of the hotel with the City and Linyi River views.

 

As a leading brand under the umbrella of Accor, why did Pullman seek to expand its business to Linyi?

Linyi City has developed in the business world very fast in the last five years. There has been an increment in the international business travelers and so there was a need to have an international hotel here. I am honored to be the first foreigner and the opening General Manager of the Pullman Lushang. We have been open almost two years now and looking at today’s results, we can say it was the right decision to be here.   

 

What unique MICE experience can this historical city and your hotel bring to its MICE guests? What measures will your hotel take to promote “having MICE events in Linyi”?

Our facility such as the Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,000 delegates with state of the art equipment. The Paris room can seat up to 120 people for lunches or dinners. We participate in a national sales call to promote Linyi as a MICE destination as well as local business companies which are launching their product nationally or internationally.

 

Could you elaborate on Pullman’s impressive “innovative breaks”?

The Pullman Linyi meeting theme breaks can be a yoga class or sports activities such as basketball, soccer and darts, or a tea ceremony (mostly for foreigner guests). All the events aim to provide our guests with wellbeing and enjoyment. And of course food for coffee breaks plays a very important role as well.

 

Your hotel organized a splendid wedding show in June this year. Do you mind sharing with our readers?

Wedding is a very important event for us and for our guests. Therefore much attention is dedicated to making sure to cover all the details possible. And the success is shown in the bride and the groom’s happiness on the day and it makes us happy as well. This specific wedding event had more than 1,000 people or 100 tables for lunch. The hotel’s entrance is transformed into a different era with the groom coming to the hotel’s driveway on a horse and the bride in a carriage, both dressed in ancient red dress, which is very spectacular. The ballroom as well has a unique set up with ancient decoration all the way to the ballroom’s entrance. It is like walking into a different world. Definitely must be one of the most rewarding and interesting events.