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Auckland arrival marks the start of a big year for Accor's Pullman brand

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Pullman hotels and resorts’ recent reflagging of the Hyatt Regency Hotel Auckland has marked the start of a big year for Accor’s hottest new brand, with New Zealand one of four debut countries for the fast-growing 5-star brand.

Beyond New Zealand, the Pullman brand will debut in Vietnam, Indonesia and India in 2011 – countries that are key pipeline locations for the network that is expected to reach 50 in Asia-Pacific alone by 2014.

Accor Asia-Pacific Chairman and COO, Michael Issenberg, said nine Pullman hotels are committed to open in 2011, which will take the Asia Pacific operating network to around 30 hotels by year end.

“Expansion of the Pullman brand continues apace with significant growth in major markets and led by growth in China where we have nine hotels operating today and a further 16 committed,” he said.

“The brand’s expansion has found traction around the world but nowhere more so than here in Asia-Pacific where the response from hotel owners and developers has been very positive.”

The Pullman Hotels and Resorts brand was launched in Asia in January 2008, and has since grown its network to18 operating hotels.

In early January, Pullman Ocean Bay Sanya Resort and Spa opened and marked Accor’s 100th hotel in China. This 413 room hotel is adjacent Sanya Bay and provides guests access to a private beach and surrounding tropical rainforest. All Asian inspired rooms and suites have ocean views.

Opening in April 2011 and also in China is Pullman Lijiang Resort and Spa. Located next to ShuHe Ancient Town and only ten minutes from the Unesco World Heritage Site DaYan Ancient Town, the hotel experience connects the old with the new with the design a fusion of contemporary architecture and traditional NaXi inspired designs and motifs throughout the public spaces and 129 guest rooms.

Vietnam’s first Pullman hotel is to be Pullman Danang Beach. Located on the white sandy beach, the hotel will feature 207 guest rooms, extensive dining options and event facilities.  With the leisure and incentive guest in mind, the hotel will also have 3 swimming pools.

Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana is located adjacent the beach in central Legian. With 351 rooms and suites, Pullman Bali Legian Nirwana is extensively equipped with ballrooms, meeting rooms, swimming pools, fitness centre, tennis courts, and many other recreational activity facilities. The hotel is scheduled to open in mid 2011.

Ideally located by the new metro link in Gurgaon, the corporate satellite city of New Delhi, Pullman Gurgaon Central Park presents a fresh approach to upscale accommodation as the first Pullman hotel in India.

Featuring 285 stunning rooms and suites, Pullman Gurgaon Central Park offers an extensive range of food and beverage outlets, a large gymnasium, a designer spa with beauty salon and the state of the art technology, personal IT service and conferencing facilities Pullman is renowned for. This hotel is also schedule to open by second quarter of this year.

Beyond this, during 2011 Pullman hotels and resorts will also open in;Dongguan, Gurgaon, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Phuket.

For more, visit www.accorhotels.com.au

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