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 Accor Signs Management Agreement for a New 440-room Novotel Citygate
Located Near the Hong Kong International Airport

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BANGKOK, 8 December, 2005 — Accor has signed a management agreement for a new 440-room Novotel Citygate Hong Kong, located in the new Tung Chung business centre, just a few minutes from Hong Kong International Airport. He hotel is scheduled to open early 2006.
 
Novotel Citygate is on the tip of Lantau Island, a central part of the Citygate project that is one of the largest developments in greater Hong Kong. The hotel is well positioned to capture business from other major projects in the area including AsiaWorld-Expo (opening 21 December 2005), Hong Kong Disneyland, and the Sky Plaza airport expansion project, which is a major commercial and entertainment development with a golf course. 
 
Novotel Citygate is within walking distance to the Ngong Ping 360 SkyRail terminal, a new cable car to the island’s famous Big Buddha temple, and will be near a proposed bridge linking Lantau Island to Macau and on to the Chinese mainland.   A hotel shuttle service will offer guests free transport to AsiaWorld-Expo and the Airport.  The hotel is also adjacent to the massive Citygate Shopping and Entertainment complex.  Downtown Hong Kong and Kowloon will be directly accessible via the adjacent Tung Chung MTR station.  
 
When opened the Novotel will offer guests an extensive food and beverage experience featuring Olea Mediterranean Restaurant, Essence Asian Fusion Buffet Restaurant, Moccato Patisserie, Andante Lobby Lounge and an outdoor café and bar near the swimming pool. There is also a fitness centre, a high-tech multi-purpose meeting space for up to 400 people and divisible into four rooms, supported by a full service ‘Biz Centre’. 
 
Four ‘Biz Executive Floors’ (20 to 23) will cater to an expected strong demand from corporate clientele and conference delegates, served by an exclusive “Biz Lounge” on the 21st floor. All guest rooms will offer an attractive and contemporary interior design, featuring a 32-inch wall mounted LCD television, modern open plan bathroom with sliding screen and large desk with generous workspace.
 
Novotel Citygate is the first new-build Novotel in Hong Kong, but joins two other Novotels that were added to the Accor group after it acquired the Century hotel network five years ago. Accor also operates the Ibis North Point and Headlands Hotel at the airport.
 
Accor’s Chief Executive Officer for Greater China, Brian Deeson, said Novotel Citygate gives Accor an even higher profile in one of Asia’s key business and tourism hubs.
 
“The opening of the Novotel will play an important role in highlighting the growing importance of Tung Chung as a business precinct, conference venue and tourist base. 
 
“We anticipate the hotel becoming a major venue for conferences and functions, especially as it is so convenient to the international airport and transport links into Hong Kong and across to China.
 
“Air traffic to Hong Kong is likely to grow sharply over the next two years, and with the hotel’s proximity to tourist attractions such as Disneyland and the Big Buddha, the Novotel will be an ideal base for short-term leisure breaks.
 
“The opening of the Novotel is part of a region wide expansion of the brand. New Novotels were officially launched in Singapore and Jakarta recently, and next year new Novotels will open in Malaysia, China and India.
 
“Novotel has also been selected as the exclusive hotel for two high-profile airport openings in 2006 – the new Baiyun Airport Guangzhou and Bangkok’s new international airport. It highlights how appropriate the brand is for such key transport and business centres.”
 
Mr Deeson said that the addition of Novotel Citygate Hong Kong was part of a massive expansion of Accor’s China hotel network, which would see the existing network of hotels almost double from 28 to almost 50 hotels by the end of 2007. 
 
With 168,000 people 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, Fax: (662) 632-8844
Tom.Racette@accor.com

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Also See: The Guangdong Airport Management Corporation Appoints Accor to Manage 450 room Hotel at New International Airport in Guangzhou, The Novotel Baiyun Airport Guangzhou Set to Open in October 2005 / March 2005
Emaar Properties Awards Accor the Management Contract for Novotel Hyderabad, the First New Build Novotel for Accor in India / May 2005


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