Accor and Interglobe hotels has today announced the opening of ibis Mumbai Airport, which is focused at the business and leisure traveller. The hotel offers comfortable, well-designed, fully equipped guest rooms with en suite modular bathrooms, contemporary fit-out including flatscreen TV, Wi-Fi and broadband internet access to suit the needs of business travellers. 24 hour a day services, quality well priced food and beverage including 8-hours non-stop breakfast concept starting from 4 am, unique in the economy hotel industry with competitive, consistent and simple accommodation rates are the key highlights of ibis Mumbai Airport. The full media release from Accor can be read below: Accor and Interglobe Hotels announce the opening of ibis Mumbai Airport Debut of the international economy hotel brand in Mumbai, marks a significant development for ibis Hotels in India Mumbai, 16 February 2011 – Accor, the fastest growing international hotel operator in India, reaffirmed its commitment and confidence in the growing Indian tourism sector by announcing the debut of the ibis hotel brand in Mumbai with the launch of ibis Mumbai Airport. Strategically located at the Domestic Terminal and less than 3kms from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, ibis Mumbai Airport, will welcome guests from today onwards. This is the third ibis to open in India and the first for Mumbai and follows hotels in Gurgaon and Pune. Mr. Nitin Bhatia has been appointed as the General Manager to spearhead the operations of the hotel. Mr. Bhatia has over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry and was most recently the General Manager of Ibis Cardiff City Centre, UK. Uttam Davé, President & CEO of InterGlobe Hotels said, “We are pleased with the growth of the ibis network in India, where committed developments have kept pace with our expectations and where we have 17 ibis hotels committed to development. Following the opening of this strategic ibis at Mumbai Domestic Airport, we will add an additional five ibis in 2011 taking the network to network to eight hotels by year.” The hotel is located in the vicinity of the Mumbai Airport and features 146 guest rooms. ibis Mumbai Airport is the only international economy hotel at the airport and will re-define the hospitality space in the financial capital of India by providing quality, value accommodation to travellers. Speaking about the hotel’s opening, Jean-Michel Casse, Senior Vice-President – Accor India, said, “We are particularly delighted with the opening of an ibis hotel within the Mumbai Airport Precinct. The ibis Mumbai Airport like all ibis hotels in India will provide guests with the reassurance of one of the world’s largest and most respected economy hotel brands. Quality and consistent accommodation at affordable pricing and guaranteed with a “15 minute satisfaction contract” is exactly what is required in the Indian economy hotel environment.” ibis Mumbai Airport will specifically cater to the discerning needs of business and leisure travellers. The hotel offers comfortable, well-designed, fully equipped guest rooms with en suite […]
Accor group have announced the Pullman Auckland Hotel and Residences has taken over from the Hyatt Regency Auckland after the sale of the hotel to a new owner and subsequent change over. The Hyatt Regency Auckland was Auckland’s first and premier luxury 5 star hotel a title that the Pullman Auckland otel and Residences is expecting to uphold. The full media release from Accor group can be read below: Hyatt checks out of Auckland as Pullman checks in 21 January 2011: A new era has begun for Auckland’s most prominent 5-star hotel, with Hyatt Regency checking-out of the city and Pullman Auckland Hotel & Residences checking in. The Hyatt was New Zealand’s first 5-star hotel and commands a central position in the heart of Auckland’s commercial and retail district. Accor management took over at the hotel following the sale of the hotel to new owners. The change-over also marked Accor’s ascendancy to New Zealand’s largest hotel group, with a total of 29 hotels and 4017 rooms across the Country – 500 rooms more than its nearest competitor. Accor will increase its network further in mid-year when it adds Novotel and Formule 1 hotels at Auckland Airport. Accor Vice President New Zealand, Paul Richardson said that the new owners would undertake some minor upgrades of the hotel, but as all rooms had received a NZ$7 million refurbishment just two years ago, the hotel was in excellent condition and is an ideal addition to the Pullman network. “The launch of Pullman will be very beneficial for Auckland’s tourism sector with a fresh approach to upscale hospitality,” he said. “Over the coming months, we will be enhancing the hotel to bring the property up to Pullman standard, providing a complete array of personalised services and innovative technologies including a Connectivity Lounge and the groundbreaking ‘Co-Meeting’ concept which ensures flawless success for meetings and events.” The Pullman hotel offers 267 rooms, suites and apartments, with three Pullman Executive levels, all of which were refurbished in 2009. The hotel is one of Auckland’s leading hotels for conferences and events with facilities capable of hosting functions for up to 1000 delegates. Facilities range from a grand ballroom to the Top of the Town boardroom, one of Auckland’s most exclusive venues, which is located on the top floor of the hotel, providing superb views of the harbour, city and parks A feature of the hotel’s facilities is the Spa and Health Club, one of the largest of its kind in New Zealand. Available to hotel guests and external clients, the Spa includes six treatment rooms, gymnasium, a 25 meter heated lap pool with a retractable roof, steam room, jacuzzi, juice bar and spa boutique While making its debut in New Zealand, Pullman has a rich heritage in the global hospitality and tourism world. It is the fastest growing 5-star brand in the Asia Pacific region, with major additions in countries such as Vietnam, China, India, and Malaysia, building on the existing network in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea and China as well as in Europe. The Pullman network already extends to over 50 hotels in some of the world’s most renowned cities and is set to double in size over the next three years.
Accor recently received the Business Travel 2010 Gold Award at the IFTM TOP RESA Trade show in Paris, which is an international tourist and Travel market B2B event. Accor received the gold award in the “Best operation in favour of Sustainable Travel” category. The full media release from Accor can be read below: Accor receives the 2010 Business Travel Gold Award On 23 September 2010, on the occasion of the IFTM TOP RESA trade show (Paris), an international B2B event for the tourist and travel market, Accor received the 2010 Business Travel Gold Award, in the “Best operation in favour of sustainable travel” category, for Plant for the Planet, a Group reforestation initiative. The Business Travel Awards honour the best business travel companies The first edition of the “Business Travel Awards” was organised this year at the IFTM TOP RESA trade show. Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards were presented in several categories to companies that implement or develop services, products or innovations in the area of business travel. These companies were determined via the votes of business travellers on a site that was specially designed for the operation. In the “Best operation in favour of sustainable travel” category, which rewards the best initiative in favour of environmentally friendly business travel, Accor received the Gold Award for its innovative reforestation project, Plant for the Planet, which mobilises its customers and employees and allows them to contribute to measures that respect people and the environment. Accor acts in favour of reforestation with the Plant for the Planet project Launched in 2009 and undertaken in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program in the framework of its “Billion Tree Campaign”, Plant for the Planet embodies sustainable development at Accor. It generates societal, environmental and economic benefits thanks to a simple principle: Accor hotels undertake to finance tree planting with the laundry savings generated when its customers keep their bath towels for more than one night. Through this commitment, the hotels give this symbolic gesture real meaning by telling their customers: “Here, YOUR towels plant trees. In this hotel, 5 reused towels = 1 tree planted”. Accor chose 7 projects undertaken by expert NGOs that were selected for their ability to manage planting actions that benefit local economic activity. To ensure the proper use of funds, Accor organises one week of audits per year for each project. Plant for the Planet is an effective project that rallies support. In April 2010, Accor announced it had reached a milestone: 1,000 hotels committed and 1 million trees financed. Accor’s objective is to finance the planting of 3 million trees by the end of 2012 thanks to the participation of the Group’s 4,100 hotels.
The Accor hotel group has announced plans for two new Pullman hotels in Southeast Asia, the Pullman Kuala Lumpur and the Pullman Saigon Center will both target luxury and business travelers from around the world. The Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar will be Accor’s largest hotel in Southeast Asia with 515 rooms, the Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur is due to open in July 2011 The Pullman Saigon Center will featuer 300 rooms, will be located in District 1 on Tran Hung Dao street and is set to open in 2013 The full media release from the Accor Hotel Group can be read below: Accor to open signature Pullman hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Saigon The Accor Group announced two major projects for its 5-star Pullman brand – Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar, and Pullman Saigon Centre. Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar will be the largest Pullman hotel in Southeast Asia with 515 rooms, three restaurants, two bars and extensive meeting and leisure facilities. The hotel, which is scheduled to open in July 2011, is currently under construction. It is located close to Menara Telekom and Midvalley Mega Mall. It will be the third Pullman in Malaysia, following the opening of Pullman Putrajaya and Pullman Kuching in the past two years. Accor is looking for additional Pullman projects in other key Malaysian destinations including Penang, Langkawi and Port Dickson. Vietnam is another destination targeted for significant development of the Pullman brand. Pullman Saigon Centre is the latest Accor signing in Vietnam. The Pullman will be a 300-room hotel, with contemporary architecture and chic interiors, and a highly attractive location in the city centre in District One on Tran Hung Dao, Pullman Saigon Centre will target business, conference and leisure travelers from around the world and will help fill the continuing demand for upscale accommodation in the city. When completed in 2013, Pullman Saigon Centre will comprise 300 rooms, 1,500 sqm of ballroom and meeting facilities, two restaurants, a bar, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre. Three are three other Pullman hotels under development in Vietnam – in Vungtau, Sapa and Lao Cai. Accor is already the largest international operator in Vietnam with 14 hotels currently in the network, and with an additional 12 under development.
Accor has announced a massive Hotel expansion for Vietnam, with new 9 new hotels to open by 2012 under the following Accor brands Pullman Novotel, Mercure ibis, MGallery and Le Belhamy all to be operation by 2012 Accor is already Vietnam’s biggest Hotel group with the expansion to further grow their presence. Accor’s future Vietnam hotels and resorts listed below will nearly double Accor’s number of rooms from 2,147 across 13 hotels to 4,147 rooms across 22 Hotels and Resorts. 2 New ibis Hotels Ho Chi Minh City Saigon Novotel Imperial Hoi An Novotel Resort Phu Quoc Novotel Saigon Center Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi (Second MGallery for Hanoi) Le Belhamy Hoi An – To open 1 April 2010 Pullman Vung Tau – To open late 2010 Mecure Hado Hanoi – to open late 2010 The full media release from Accor can be read below: Ho Chi Minh City, March 10, 2010 – Accor, the largest international hotel operator in Vietnam, announces today its strategic expansion plans for Vietnam. This plan includes additional hotels within the Novotel, Mercure hotel brand, launching of the ibis brand and MGallery label and the ambitious goal of doubling the number of rooms under management in the Vietnam by 2012. “Vietnam has always been considered as one of the strategic markets in Southeast Asia for Accor, which is demonstrated through Accor’s early entrance and consistent growth in the country since 1991. With signs of both economic recovery and a re-strengthening of tourism arrivals, Accor is confident and ready to selectively expand our presence throughout the country,” says Patrick Basset, Vice President of Operations for Vietnam, the Philippines, South Korea and Japan. Accor’s multi-brand expansion throughout Vietnam Accor plans to expand the number of brands on offer in Vietnam to include upscale products such as Pullman and MGallery, through to more economical ibis hotel brand. In late 2010, Accor anticipates the opening of the first Pullman hotel in Vietnam – Pullman Vung Tao and the second MGallery hotel for Vietnam in the country’s capital – Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi. Beyond this additional developments include 3 Novotels’ – Novotel Imperial Hoi An, Novotel Resort Phu Quoc and Novotel Saigon Centre. Mercure Hanoi Hado with its central location in the city will be the third Mercure for Vietnam. The first 2 ibis hotels for the country are also announced for Ho Chi Minh City – ibis Saigon and ibis Saigon South. These hotels represent the first two international economy hotels for Vietnam. “The coming twelve months is sure to be an exciting period for Accor in Vietnam, with many new developments in the pipeline. Pullman Vung Tao will be the first for the brand in the country, while Hotel De L’Opera Hanoi will be the second hotel of the highly distinctive upscale MGallery label.” Mr. Basset further explains. Accor expansion ambitions Accor currently has 13 hotels and 2,147 rooms in operation throughout Vietnam and more than 2,000 additional rooms committed through the above mentioned […]