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Accor Wins Hotel Contract for Bangkok's New Airport
-- Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport to open in September 2005 --

BANGKOK, February2, 2005 - Accor has been awarded the management contract for the only hotel to be built at Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which is scheduled to open on 29 September, 2005.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel will be Asia's premier airport property in one of the world's top gateway destinations.

The project, with an investment of 2.7 billion baht (US$70 million), is being developed by three partners: the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited and Krung Thai Bank Public Company Limited. The hotel construction - being undertaken by Italian-Thai Development Public Company Limited - commenced in April 2004 and is due for completion in July 2005.

Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel will feature 600 rooms in two square-shaped five-storey buildings, covering 10.5 hectares, with large open atrium areas in the centre of each structure. The two buildings are also joined by another massive glass atrium designed as the hotel lobby. With a lobby covering 2,800sqm five-stories in height, the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel will boast the largest hotel lobby in the world. The hotel is connected to the airport's terminals, and will also offer access to a city rail link that will run from the airport to downtown Bangkok.

The unique design allows for greater environmental control and incorporates the outdoor atrium areas for swimming and recreation.

The hotel will open with 500 rooms with the remaining 100 rooms to be added afterwards. Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport will offer four restaurants, a lobby lounge, a 2,000 sqm ballroom for up to 1,000 people and four additional meeting rooms, executive floors and lounge, health spa, fitness centre, swimming pool, shopping arcade, entertainment complex, parking for 350 cars, and crew lounge for airline crew with all airlines invited to use the facility.

The hotel will feature an elegant interior highlighting Thai and Asian materials and handicrafts with western design motifs.  Tropical gardens and plants indigenous to Thailand will surround the hotel.

Accor Managing Director Asia Pacific Michael Issenberg said Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel would appeal to transit passengers, international conference groups, corporate travellers and air crews. The hotel is well position for delegates attending events at the nearby BITEC Convention and Exhibition Centre.

"Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport is ideally designed for its airport location," said Mr Issenberg. "It will offer the highest standards of accommodation and facilities - but will also be realistic priced for the market.

"Airport hotels are increasingly dynamic entities, and with Bangkok one of Asia's key business hubs, we see the hotel as being a venue for major conferences, business workshops, functions and small exhibitions. It will also be a valuable base for travellers making short visits into the city as its direct connection to the Bangkok rail system allows fast and efficient access to the downtown area.

"Accor is very experienced at operating airport hotels, with Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel set to join an Accor network of 59 airport hotels in 17 countries, including 20 under the Novotel brand. These include hotels at some of the world's busiest airports in cities such as Paris, London, Frankfurt, Chicago and Sydney

"We are particularly proud and honoured to be part of this prestigious project with Universal Hospitality, our valued and long time business partner in Thailand."






Contact:

Tom Racette
Manager PR and Communications - Asia
Telephone: 662-659 4535
Fax: 662-632-8844
Email: Tom.Racette@accor.com


Also See:
Evan Lewis Appointed Accor's Director of Marketing - Asia, Oversees Accor Hotels in 12 Countries / January 2005

Accor: 2004 Revenues Up 4.6% Like-for-Like / January 2005

Accor Asia Pacific Appoints Four to GM Posts / February 2004


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