Tue, May 27, 2003 - Page 10 News List

Sheraton reopens with room giveaway

By Annabel Lue  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Sheraton Taipei Hotel reopened yesterday after a three-day SARS disinfection with a plan to lure customers back with a free one-night stay for people spending NT$2,500 in the hotel's restaurants.

"Starting today, whoever spends more than NT$2,500 daily in our hotel is entitled to have a one night stay in a standard room for free," said Stephanie Pai (白靖惠), a public relations manager of the hotel.

The free accommodation is limited to the same day the meal is consumed.

The promotion runs through June 30.

Standard Sheraton rooms normally go for NT$7,300 per night.

"The super-value promotion aims to catch the public's attention and boost sales," Pai added.

Sheraton Taipei announced it would close for disinfection last Friday after a doctor from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chelsey Richards, who had stayed at the hotel since the middle of the month, developed a fever and other SARS-like symptoms.

Prior to that Sheraton Taipei's occupancy rate was down to 30 percent after the SARS outbreak early last month.

Along with the reopening celebration, the hotel launched a three-day lunchbox sale starting yesterday to give out 200 NT$100 lunchboxes for NT$1.

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