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Luxury hotels filling fast as bigwigs book rooms

Almost all high-end hotels in Seoul are fully booked for the G-20 Summit on Nov. 11 and 12.

According to industry sources, some 35 VIPs who are heads of states or hold similar positions will attend the summit, boosting demand for top-class accommodations in the city. Officials said 18 major hotels in Seoul are already filled to capacity. These hotels limited reservations by civilians during the event for security reasons. Many other hotels also are filling up quickly, as business leaders and support staff make reservations for the G-20 Business Summit.

According to the Korea Tourism Organization, the average occupancy rate of 11 high-end hotels in Seoul hit 91.2 percent last month. With the high occupancy rate, hotels are selling rooms at standard rates rather than at discounts, which they normally provide this time of year for groups of visitors.

According to sources, U.S. delegates will be staying at the Grand Hyatt in central Seoul, while officials from Germany booked the Ritz-Carlton in the southern part of the city. Chinese delegates are staying in the Shilla Hotel on Namsan, while the Russians will be lodging at the Millennium Seoul Hilton. The Grand Intercontinental Hotel near COEX - the venue for the G-20 Summit - will be occupied by officials from various countries including France, Britain, Japan, India and Mexico.

The COEX InterContinental Hotel will accommodate delegates from Canada, Turkey, South Africa and Belgium.

A number of hotels renovated their facilities and are also preparing various events tied to the summit. The Sheraton Grande Walkerhill in eastern Seoul, where the business summit will be held on Nov. 10 and 11, is offering traditional Korean court cuisine for those who watch the dinner show “Legend of Flower.”

The Lotte Hotel moved its Korean restaurant Mugunghwa from the basement to the 38th floor. Its buffet restaurant is offering cuisine from 18 countries that are participating in the summit.

By Limb Jae-un []
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