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 Accor Awarded the Management Contract for 388 room
Novotel Interhill Kuching in Sarawak, East Malaysia

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BANGKOK, 6 December, 2005— Accor has been awarded the management contract for Novotel Interhill Kuching, its first hotel in Sarawak, East Malaysia, with opening scheduled for 2008. 
 
The 23-storey hotel enjoys a prime location in the city centre, offering panoramic views of the city and Sarawak River.  On opening, Novotel Interhill Kuching will be well positioned to cater for business and leisure travellers, with increasing air services to Sarawak providing good connections from a number of major centres in Asia. 
 
Sarawak is rich in natural resources, attracting investment for its petroleum, timber and agricultural products. It boasts a rich colonial history and diversity of attractions, including Fort Margharita, one of Asia’s best museums - Sarawak Museum, as well as the Sarawak Cultural Village located on the Damai peninsula 45 minutes drive outside the city.
 
Kuching is also the principal base for visiting Bako National Park, one of Asia’s ecotourism and adventure travel centre, containing one of the world’s oldest first-generation rain forests.
 
The 388-room Novotel Interhill Kuching will play an important role in building Kuching’s tourism infrastructure by providing modern, stylish accommodation with one of the leading global brand names. Rooms will include aspects of the latest ‘Novotion Room’ signature features such as rotating desk, flat screen television, glass curtain bathrooms and wooden floors, all redesigned to offer guests greater comfort and convenience.
 
The hotel will offer three BIZ Executive Floors and a fantastic BIZ Executive Lounge on the top floor with mezzanine and double storey ceiling. There is also a business centre, 1,500 sqm ballroom and six adjacent meeting rooms for between 40 to 300 pax each.
 
Dining and bar options will feature a speciality restaurant, lobby lounge and ‘The Square’, Novotel’s innovative theme restaurant known for its interactive cooking experience. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, Kid’s Club, fitness centre and the first spa wellness centre in town. 
 
Accor Asia Pacific Managing Director, Michael Issenberg, said Novotel Interhill Kuching provides Accor with an important presence in an emerging part of Malaysia.
 
“Novotel Interhill Kuching will offer very high standard of accommodation in an area that is beginning to enter Asia’s travel mainstream. The hotel is part of our growing network which includes the recently launched Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore and Novotel Hydro Majestic Kuala Lumpur that opens next year.”
 
The addition of Novotel Interhill Kuching also strengthens Notovel’s pre-eminent position as one of Asia Pacific’s leading hotel brands, with 65 hotels in prime locations around the region.
 
Novotel is a global leader in ‘business class’, with 394 hotels located in major city, regional and resort locations, catering for business travelers, groups and leisure travelers seeking international standard accommodation and service at genuine value for money rates.
 
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: Novotel Brand Selected for 286 room Hotel Being Built Near the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre / September 2005
Accor Asia Pacific Appoints 11 to GM Posts / August 2005


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