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Accor to manage Two New Hotels in Phuket

Travel News Asia 13 October 2005

Accor is to manage two new hotels in Phuket, Thailand. The new Mercure Patong and Grand Mercure Karon will join the existing Accor hotels in Phuket, the Novotel Phuket and Novotel Resort Panwa Beach.

The low-rise Mercure Patong will be located in the heart of the Patong Beach shopping and entertainment strip, with most rooms overlooking the attractive pool and garden area. The 245-room hotel will feature two pools, two restaurants and bars plus a health and fitness centre with spa and extensive meeting and convention facilities. The Mercure is scheduled to open in the 3rd quarter of 2007.

Built on a hill overlooking a large lake, the 300-room Grand Mercure Karon will offer villa-style accommodation with panoramic vistas of beautiful Karon Bay. The 4 star hotel will boast two pools, two restaurants and two bars, as well as a ballroom, meeting rooms and business centre. Shopping and a wide range of entertainment are just a short walk from the hotel. The Grand Mercure is scheduled to open in the final quarter of 2007.

The new hotels will be complemented by two exclusive island resorts in the area. A Sofitel is being developed on Krabi that is due for completion in mid-2006. The low-rise hotel is being constructed on a hillside overlooking Klong Muang Beach and numerous limestone islands. Sofitel Phokeethra Krabi is located 15km from Krabi Town and 35 minutes from Krabi Airport.

A fully integrated resort, the Sofitel will comprise 260 rooms and suites, three restaurants and two bars, a large pool, spa and fitness centre, and extensive meeting and function facilities.

The Sofitel Phi Phi Resort and Spa is scheduled to open later in 2006 on one of Asias most attractive island destinations. The Sofitel, which is being built on an elevated area of the island, will feature 147 villas, each measuring at least 59sqm and offering private balconies with spectacular 270-degree views of the Krabi mainland and Andaman Sea. It will feature two pools, fitness centre, tennis court, beauty salon, childrens facilities, beach club and a range of watersports.

The new hotel projects highlight our confidence in the future of Phukets tourism industry, and these two new hotels will mean travellers to Phuket will have a wide range of accommodation to choose from within the Accor network, said Michael Issenberg, Managing Director of Accor Asia Pacific.

Phuket is one of the worlds favourite holiday destinations, and while the Tsunami has badly affected tourism in the past year, the destination offers so many attractions that inevitably tourism will revive and grow strongly.

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