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9 April 2014, Yixing, China: In cooperation with NEOMA Business School, the eleven-day final session of Kempinski EMBA Cohort 7 was successfully finished at Kempinski Hotel Yixing. The hotel’s committed staff prepared numerous culinary experiences full of inspiration and creativity to grant the Cohort’s members inspirational distraction and recreation from their busy classes. “Sometimes these splendid coffee breaks almost made our studies becoming second choice” admitted the Cohort’s members.

An Impressive Welcome

The Kempinski EMBA Cohort 7, consisting of top managers from all over the world, started on 30th March. When arriving in Yixing, the guest’s attention was first caught by the great 240m (787 ft) outdoor LED display, built over all 60 floors of the hotel and welcoming them with an individual lettering.



The hotel presented a warm welcome to all EMBA cohort members


Themed Coffee Breaks - Full of Originality

Every time the participants left their classroom to refresh themselves, they were awaited by another creative coffee break. Exemplary, during “Silent Coffee Break” which was developed by the hotel’s think tank, participants felt like being actors in a silent movie from 19th century. The staff, dressed and painted in black and white, acted pantomime while serving coffee, tea and selected canapés. The only way to communicate was to use sign language: “By such a humorous and relaxing way of communication, the serious atmosphere of the classes was swept away and the minds were refreshed” Mr. Sebastien Mariette, the General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Yixing and Kempinski Hotel Wuxi said.



The “Silent Coffee Break” won great praise 


Coffee Break in King Size Beds

In the creative process the hotel team also thought about making one coffee break even more comfortable. Though, they came up with idea of piloting a “European Breakfast Coffee Break” served in beds and accompanied with classic music. Together with a private butler serving Champagne and freshly baked pastries this was definitely a highlight that will be kept in memory.



The hotel piloted the “European Breakfast Coffee Break”


The prominent guests were also indulged by many other unique coffee breaks, making each day a creative happening despite the length of the cohort. “The staff fully used its whole expertise and the hotel’s modern facilities to create an unforgettable service experience”, Mariette says.

Among others, the team conducted a “Talent Coffee Break”, which aimed to place special emphasis on the team’s junior talents and a “Wine and Tide Coffee Break” with white wine, oysters and salmon being served on the hotel’s private marina. During “Entrepreneurial Performance Coffee Break” the pastry chef seduced the guests with live-made delicacies.

Furthermore, tai chi, which is considered a symbol of Chinese culture, was taught every second morning and aimed to take the attendees back into spiritual retreat balancing body and soul. The hotel especially invited Master Wu Yaqun, the 12th successor of Chen-style tai chi, to teach a selected 32-move program that was given high praise.



“Wine and Tide Coffee Break” was served at the hotel’s private marina





Editor’s Note

About Kempinski Hotel Yixing

Located on the shores of the tranquil Taihu Lake and close to Shanghai, Kempinski Hotel Yixing offers 446 guestrooms, 15 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. Many professional awards have been won during the hotel’s one year of operation including recognition as Best MICE Hotel.

Kempinski Hotel Yixing provides a variety of dining choices: YuanYuan Chinese restaurant offers a blend of local Yixing, Cantonese and Changzhou dishes and features 24 private dining rooms and a cosy dinner area. The all-day dining restaurant Elements, blending Asian and Western tastes, is located the 60th floor and allows guests to experience a breath-taking panoramic view over Yixing City and Taihu Lake. Guests can similarly enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of sun-drenched Bamboo Lobby Lounge or Le Chai Wine Bar, the first European wine bar in town, with its large outdoor terrace. The hotel’s SPA area with lake view is well equipped with modern fitness facilities and an indoor swimming pool. European luxury and Chinese culture are perfectly blended in this fascinating hotel. Famous for being the capital of pottery and home to Shanjuan Caves and the famous Bamboo Forest, the Yixing is renowned as one of the four valued places of Chinese geomancy of feng shui.


About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Its rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels in 32 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014.


Media Contact:

Shawn Pei • Assistant Director of Sales & Marketing • Kempinski Hotel Yixing

888 Jie Fang East Road • Yixing • Jiangsu Province • 214200 • China

Tel +86 510 6866 8888 • Fax +86 510 6866 9999

shawn.pei@kempinski.com • www.kempinski.com/yixing