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Stringent Environmental Initiatives Designed in to Accor's Hotel Complex at Homebush Bay, 
Sydney, Australia
 
Sydney, 26 May 1999: Accor’s Novotel/Ibis hotel complex at the Homebush Bay site of the Sydney Olympic Games is set to open in December 1999. The integrated hotel complex will feature two different accommodation styles (a 3 star Ibis and 4 star Novotel), conference and function centre, and its own brewery.

A key aspect of Accor’s winning submission was its commitment to integrate the most stringent environmental initiatives into the design and operation of the hotel complex. In keeping with the “green Olympics” theme, the Accor proposal has taken a particular focus on the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) requirements of the project by forging a unique partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - believed to be the first of its type.

The partnership will see the hotel incorporate a wide range of ESD principles including a comprehensive energy conservation programme, use of solar hot water, grey water re-use, use of carefully selected building materials and progressive waste management policies. The relationship will also generate on-going support for WWF, including its wetlands conservation programme.

The hotel complex will be a centrepiece of the Olympic site. The 19 storey complex will offer 318 rooms in the Novotel and Ibis hotels. The design aims to create an environment of social and physical interaction through a series of bars, restaurants and outdoor recreation spaces which make full use of the Olympic site. The function centre will consist of a 400m² ballroom and four smaller meeting rooms. Special common room/lounges will be provided for sporting teams.

Homebush Bay has already become established as Sydney's most versatile venue for large-scale trade shows, exhibitions, sporting events and concerts, and the Novotel & Ibis hotels have been designed to cater for these diverse market requirements, as well as business travellers to the region.. 

A feature of the hotel complex is the flexibility of its accommodation inventory. Guests can choose from four different accommodation styles - standard Novotel and Ibis rooms, family suites (with cooking facilities) and “team rooms” with bunk-style accommodation for up to four athletes per room. Room pricing will range from moderate to budget, allowing wide access to the Olympic site by sporting groups, families, conference attendees and business travellers.

“It is one of the most exciting hotel projects ever to be undertaken in Australia,” Accor Asia Pacific  Chairman, David Baffsky said. “The hotel design is not only pioneering in its architectural and environmental approach, it will lead the way in providing affordable quality accommodation. While the Olympics is the initial focus for the hotel development, our major aim is to provide Sydney with a complex that will make a significant long-term contribution to the city’s tourism, sporting and business infrastructure.

“Accor Asia Pacific has a proven record in operating integrated hotel and convention facilities, which is reflected in the success of Accor’s three Darling Harbour hotels and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, which will also play an integral role in hosting the 2000 Olympics.”

Accor Asia Pacific will provide rooms for Olympic competitors, officials, media and spectators at 18 hotels in and around Sydney during the 2000 Games.

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Contact:
Gary Patterson/Greg Parkes, 
ATE Hall 2 Stand 221
Or Peter Hook (61-2) 93670860 
e-mail: peterh@aapc.com.au
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Also See: Accor Asia Pacific Managing Director Australia/New Zealand, Mr Michael Issenberg Debuts Planned New Generation IBIS Hotels in Australia / Dec 1998 
Neil Scanlan Named General Manager at the Novetel and Ibis Hotel Complex in Sydney, Australia / March 1999 

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