IHG has explained its plans for its upscale China-centric hotel brand, now named Hualuxe, and business travellers doing business in China can expect to see the first hotels opening next year.
Devotees of Chinese culture (not to mention its fondness for firmer mattresses) might specifically book themselves into a Hualuxe, with others finding the hotel a reassuring blend of an international hotel with Chinese characteristics.
And in the tier 2 and 3 cities where Hualuxe is likely to bring the biggest changes to doing business in China, you're likely to entertain and be entertained in the hotels' multipurpose function and banqueting suites.
The name Hualuxe itself is a portmanteau made up of ? (hua), the character often representing Chinese culture or civilisation, and "luxe", as in "deluxe". And in terms of the "deluxe" price tag, expect an upper-midscale experience around the same style as IHG's Crowne Plaza hotels.
Business travellers can look forward to Chinese-style VIP arrivals, Club Lounges, authentic food options geared at the Chinese traveller, teahouses for informal business meetings and hotel styling that appeals to modern Chinese aesthetics.
The post-meeting focus will shift from bars to teahouses, with Hualuxe promising "a wide selection of high quality tea throughout the hotel - on arrival, in guest rooms and at authentic Hualuxe Tea Houses."
Of course, the idea that "Chinese people prefer enjoying a cup of tea rather than drinking in bars, as many Westerners do" may seem a little odd to anyone who's whiled away an evening with Chinese colleagues and business partners. "Ganbei" (the "bottoms up!" equivalent of "cheers" in Mandarin) doesn't exactly work with tea.
Inside your room, expect to see contemporary Chinese design with spa-style bathrooms and all the fittings of a modern hotel.
IHG has twenty sites lined up and in the contractual process, with the first Hualuxe hotel "expected to open in China at the end of 2013 or start of 2014", according to the hotel group.