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Accor Asia Pacific Expansion Continues with Five
New Pullman Hotels in China, Thailand and Vietnam





August 4, 2009  - Pullman hotels designed for the modern business and leisure traveler, announced today the addition of 5 hotels to its ever growing network in Asia.  The new hotel developments are located in China, Thailand and Vietnam adding to the current operating network of 10 Pullman hotels and resorts in Asia and extending the development commitments to 17 hotels.
 
Gaurav Bhushan - Senior Vice President Development, Accor Asia Pacific says "The Pullman brand is being very well received by owners looking for a new style of 5 star hotel, one that dispenses with need to over invest in construction and hardware.  The extraordinary rate of expansion of the Pullman network throughout Asia, is testimony to the formidable combination of Accor and Pullman - an international hotel management company with significant infrastructure and platforms in the region, and a hotel brand with characteristics that appeal to modern travelers. The tightening of credit markets has challenged the expansion for traditional 5 star hotel brands and created a niche for the Pullman Brand to expand."

Network growth

Pullman Pattaya Aisawan (currently Aisawan Resort & Spa) will be re branded at the end of 2009 following the completion of extensive renovations that have already commenced.  Renovations will see the addition of Pullman identifying elements such as innovative food and beverage concepts, Co-Meetings and signature services such as Pullman Welcomer's and dedicated Event Managers. 

This beachfront hotel with 353 guest rooms is located on the quiet and private Wongamart Beach, only 30 minutes from U-Tapao International Airport and 90 minutes from Bangkok.  The hotel has extensive meeting and conference facilities that cater up to 500 people and the poolside beachfront area that can also be used for more informal events.

Pullman Phuket Arcadia Naithon Beach will be a newly built, beach front hotel situated on the white sandy and quiet Naithon Beach, one of Phuket's newest and most promising bays, and is only 15 minutes by car from the Phuket International Airport.  With 260 guest rooms and 20 villas, the hotel has comprehensive facilities including three restaurants, a lobby bar, two pools with pool bars, a fitness centre, day spa, as well as meeting facilities.  The hotel will open in late 2011.

Pullman Shanghai Pudong Zhangjiang will be a new 300 guest room hotel located in the high tech development and trade zone in Pudong Shanghai.  With three restaurants and a bar, the hotel will also feature a swimming pool, health centre, business centre and extensive conference facilities including a 650 sqm pillar less ballroom and six additional venues.  The hotel is scheduled to open in 2010.

Pullman Shanghai South will open in June 2013 with 305 rooms.  This new construction will form a part of the Shanghai Zhongxing City project, comprising of the hotel, office building and shopping mall.  The hotel is located opposite the Shanghai South Train Station with facilities to include three restaurants, two bars, indoor swimming pool, health centre and spa, business centre and 1000 sqm ballroom and six meeting rooms.

Pullman Hanoi Horison after extensive renovations which are due for completion in mid 2011, the Horison Hotel Hanoi will join the Pullman network.  The hotel with 250 rooms is located in the prime city location on Cat Linh Street with close proximity to the Gian Vo Exhibition Centre.  The hotel has event facilities to cater to 1000 delegates.

These new developments are in addition to the previously announced commitments for 12 Pullman hotels to open in China, Indonesia, India and Vietnam.

The Pullman network today

Today there are 10 Pullman hotels and resorts throughout Asia and 39 around the globe.  The brand is on track to achieve its development ambitions of 50 hotels globally by year end and 300 hotels by 2015.

Bhushan added "The Pullman Brand was reinvented with strong development prospects in Asia anticipated.  The rapid expansion both in terms of the number of operating hotels today and the commitment to development has surpassed our expectations and we are well on track towards having 100 Pullman hotels throughout Asia Pacific by 2015."

The launch of Pullman brand is a part of Accor's strategy to maintain a comprehensive brand strategy with a network of coherent hotels.

About Pullman Hotels
Pullman, is the upscale hotel brand of Accor. It was designed with the requirements of business women and men in mind.  Located in the main regional and international cities, Pullman hotels provide an extensive range of tailored services, access to ground-breaking technologies and the "Co-meeting" offer, a new approach to organizing meetings, seminars and high-end incentives. At Pullman hotels, business travelers can choose between being independent or relying on the staff available round the clock. End of 2009, the Pullman network will consist of 50 hotels in 23 countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. Soon, we expect over 300 establishments around the world.  All information regarding the hotels is available on the website www.pullmanhotels.com.
 
About Accor
Accor, a major global group and the European leader in hotels, as well as the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 150,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in two core businesses:
- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre;
- Services, with 30 million people in 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in employee and public benefits, rewards and loyalty, and expense management.

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Contact:

Evan Lewis
Vice President Communications Asia Pacific
T: +65 6408 8840
M: +65 9853 2441
E: evan.lewis@accor.com

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Also See: Accor's Mercure Adds Renowned Treetops Resort & Spa to Hotel Network, Rebranding as Mercure Port Douglas Treetops Resort takes Accor past 20,000 Room Mark in Australia / May 2009

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Gilles Pelisson, Chief Executive Officer of Accor, Names 11 Managers to Executive Committee / January 2006

Michael Issenberg Appointed Accor's Chairman and Chief Operating Officer - Asia Pacific; Replaces David Baffsky / February 2008
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