MINNETONKA, MN-Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Carlson Hospitality based here, has signed an agreement with the Fu Wah International Group to manage the first Park Plaza hotel in China.Fu Wah will build the Park Plaza Wangfujing Beijing, and hopes to open it in December if next year.

The hotel will be managed by Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific. The 216-room Park Plaza Wangfujing Beijing will be located in Beijing’s commercial center and will offer a business center, six meeting rooms and a boardroom. The development will also include a 499-room Regent luxury hotel.

The Beijing hotel is the first of some 15 Park Plaza Hotels Carlson hopes to open in China over the next 10 years, says Paul Kirwin, president and managing director of Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific, based in Singapore. Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts is positioned in the mid-scale segment of the full-service hotel category with hotels of 125 rooms or more located in downtown, suburban and airport commercial locations.

Carlson Hospitality Worldwide has more than 1,685 hotels, resort, restaurant and cruise ship operations in 82 countries. Fu Wah International Group, a property development company in China, Hong Kong and Australia, has developed a number of landmark buildings in Beijing, including the China Red Sandalwood Museum, Beijing Chang An Club, Beijing Lee Garden Serviced Apartments and Beijing Fu Wah Residence.

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