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Emaar Properties Awards Accor the Management Contract for
Novotel Hyderabad, the First New Build Novotel
for Accor in India 
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Hotel adjacent to Cyberabad Convention Centre, India’s first purpose built convention hall
 
BANGKOK, 26 May, 2005 - Emaar Properties, the Middle East’s largest real estate development company has awarded Accor the management contract for Novotel Hyderabad, which will serve the Cyberabad Convention Centre currently being built by Dubai-based property developer along with its joint venture partner Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Limited, in India’s fastest growing high-technology corridor.

The Centre, India’s largest and first purpose built convention centre, will open in December 2005 followed by the 300-room Novotel in March 2006, both in time for an Asian Development Bank meeting scheduled in Hyderabad for May 2006.
 
The Cyberabad Convention Centre will offer 13,000sqm of space for 3,900 delegates in the main hall, with four breakout halls adjoining the main venue. An additional 12 meeting rooms are also available.  The main convention hall can accommodate 6,160 seats in a concert / rally configuration.
 
Accor has good experience in catering to the MICE industry around the world, especially in Paris, London, Bangkok, China, Dubai and Sydney.  In Dubai, the hotel chain presently manages two high profile hotels, a 412-room Novotel and a 210-room Ibis, next to the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention complex.  
 
Accor Asia Pacific Chairman, David Baffsky, said the group was delighted to initiate its business relationship with Emaar and Accor looked forward to putting Hyderabad on the international map.
 
“Emaar is a visionary developer that continues to open up and develop new destinations,” said Mr Baffsky. 
 
“We believe the Cyberabad development will continue to fuel Hyderabad’s high technology boom that has already attracted the world’s leading computer software and hardware companies to the area.
 
“Accor Asia Pacific has pioneered a number of bold developments in the region, including Sydney’s Darling Harbour and Olympic Park precincts, and helped establish them as world-class meetings and exhibitions centres, and we believe we can make a similar contribution to the Cyberabad development.  We are committed to its success and believe that our presence there will encourage further interest and development in the area.”
 
Accor has also played pioneering roles in the development of other world-class convention areas in Paris, London, Bangkok and China’s Boao Hainan Island (the home of the Boao Forum) and has successfully established them as the world’s leading conference, exhibition and event venues.
 
Novotel Hyderabad is the first new build Novotel for Accor in India and part of an aggressive expansion for the group and its hotel brands around the country. In March Accor and InterGlobe Enterprises announced the launch of two joint venture companies, InterGlobe Hotels to develop a network of up 25 Ibis hotels around India in the next 10 years, and another company to manage hotels under its Sofitel, Novotel and Mercure brands.
 
The hotel will offer two restaurants, including Novotel’s signature The Square restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre and business centre. The convention centre complex is near the Hitex Exhibition Centre that first opened in 2003. The venue will include eight stand-alone exhibition halls when fully completed.
 

In 140 countries, Accor is the European leader and one of the world’s largest groups in travel, tourism and corporate services.

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Contact:

Tom Racette, 
Manager PR and Communications - Asia, 
Tel: (662) 659 4535
Tom.Racette@accor.com
 

Also See: Accor and InterGlobe create Joint Venture for Hotel Development and Management in India; Plan to Develop 25 Ibis Brand Economy Hotels Across India / March 2005

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