Table tennis for 10,000 people in Tiananmen Square — field hockey test events at the Olympic Green — visits to 2008 Olympic venues — meetings with top Chinese officials — these are just a few of the highlights planned for the first-ever Around the Rings Ultimate Insider’s Tour of Beijing.
Part business, part pleasure, this first-of-a-kind executive briefing will commemorate the one year to go countdown to next year’s Games. ATR’s Ed Hula — one of the world’s most respected authorities on the Olympics — will share his knowledge with no more than 20 guests on the tour August. 4 – 13. The Games begin August 8, 2008.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity bring a select group of people to Beijing,” Hula says. “To see the city almost exactly as it will be one year later is an extraordinary experience. Our side trip to Qingdao for the sailing test event will give our group a totally different view of the China of today.”
The Ultimate Insider’s tour is aimed at corporate travelers who want to capitalize on what many believe will be the most important Olympic Games in history. In addition to attending One Year to Go celebrations, the table tennis tournament in Tiananmen Square, participants will have face-to-face meetings with influential Chinese leaders at exclusive events created for this tour. The schedule includes private breakfasts with high-profile speakers addressing issues facing Beijing, tours to key venues, and test events such as field hockey on the Olympic Green.
The tour includes an optional two-day extension to Qingdao, site of sailing events on China’s northeastern coast.
The Ultimate Insider’s Tour includes a gala reception with Beijing tourism officials, tickets to the NFL’s China Bowl exhibition game, and visits to sites including the Forbidden City.
Hula has covered the Olympics since 1992. In addition to his website, AroundTheRings.com, Hula has reported for radio and television networks worldwide. Beijing will be his eighth Olympics.
Around the Rings has developed this tour in conjunction with Pacific Protour Inc., which has operated upscale tours to China for more than 10 years. Pacific Protour is a member of ASTA, IATAN and PATA. Donna Chenault, a travel agent with more than 30 years’ experience, will organize each guest’s travel. Guests will stay at the Beijing Hotel, the official IOC hotel in 2008.
To interview Ed Hula, contact Sheila Hula, Sheila[.]aroundtherings.com - For bookings, contact Donna Chenault, dkchen[.]bellsouth.net