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Silvio Bion and Thierry Brovelli Appointed to
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PAPEETE, TAHITI (March 30, 2005) - InterContinental Resorts and Spa French Polynesia is pleased to announce the appointments of Silvio Bion and Thierry Brovelli. 

Silvio Bion will be assuming the role of General Manager of the new InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa Bora Bora, which is scheduled to open on May 1, 2006.  For the past eight years, Bion has been the General Manager of the InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea.  He will be replaced by Thierry Brovelli, who will become the new General Manager of the resort on April 1, 2005.

“We are pleased to announce these two appointments,” said Philippe Brovelli, Regional Vice President of Operations for InterContinental in French Polynesia. 

“Silvio has managed the Moorea property expertly over the past eight years and we look forward to having him at the helm of our newest property in Bora Bora.”  He adds, “Thierry brings to his role years of expertise in the hospitality industry and we feel confident that he will continue his success at InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea.”

One of the key team players for InterContinental, Silvio Bion has been with the company for eight years as General Manager of InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea.  Prior to that he was the General Manager of the Moana Beach Parkroyal for five years.  The 48 year-old Bion is originally from New Caledonia and started his hospitality career with Accor. 

Thierry Brovelli started his career in Paris at Le Meridien and then moved to the South Pacific in 1992, where he worked at the Moana Beach Parkroyal as Food and Beverage Manager.  He then became the Deputy General Manager of the Moorea Beachcomber Parkroyal in 1995.  In 1999 he moved to New Caledonia as General Manager of Nouvata Parkroyal and Parkroyal Island Resort.  Brovelli, aged 45, moved back to Tahiti in 2002, where he has been serving as Regional Director of Food and Beverage for InterContinental Resorts and Spas French Polynesia.

Situated on one of the most spectacular tropical islands of French Polynesia, InterContinental Resort & Spa Moorea provides a magnificent setting for a memorable South Seas vacation.  The resort features 143 Lanai rooms and garden, beach and over water bungalows, which were completely refurbished in 2002. 

Accessible only by boat, this secluded beach near Motu Reef in Bora Bora will be home to the new InterContinental Resort & Thalasso Spa Bora Bora when it opens in May 2006. The exclusive new enclave, an investment of nearly US$70 million, will showcase 80 sumptuous over-water bungalows, eight of which boast views of Mount Otemanau.  The resort will combine modern architecture with the authenticity of local arts, crafts and culture as well as traditional materials.  An environmentally friendly resort, it will extract ocean water from a depth of 2,500 feet in order to use in the air conditioning system. This one-of-a-kind air conditioning system will utilize fresh seawater siphoned from the profound depths of the ocean to cool the air and eliminate the use of hazardous carbons that pollute the atmosphere. The water will also be a signature element of the Moana Spa, a Thalassotherapy and Balneotherapy center designed by Dr. Tregger, internationally celebrated for conceptualizing the design of Monaco’s thermal baths.

InterContinental Resort & Spa Bora Bora will be the fourth resort in the portfolio of InterContinental French Polynesia resorts and the second InterContinental resort on Bora Bora. The exclusive collection also includes an InterContinental resort in Tahiti and Moorea. Owned and operated by Richard H. Bailey and his company, Tahiti Beachcomber Socièté Anonyme (TBSA), the existing InterContinental Resorts in Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora continue to gleam with the opulence of a black pearl; a result of the recently completed, multi-million dollar enhancements that have taken place over the course of the last five years.


 
Contact:

Melanie Brandman
P: (212) 683-2442
kristen@brandmanpr.com
www.tahiti.interconti.com

Also See: The French Polynesian Atoll of Tetiaroa, Owned by the Late Marlon Brando, To be the Site of a new Eco-hotel Called The Brando; Development Being Overseen by Tahiti Beachcomber SA / March 2005
Hong Kong-based Veritas Limited Building Raffles Taimana Resort Tahaa, French Polynesia / August 2004


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