CLUB MED CONTEMPLATES CLOSING NOUMÉA RESORT

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NOUMÉA, New Caledonia (November 12, 2001 - Oceania Flash/SPC)---Club Med apparently is considering temporarily closing its resort in the capital, Nouméa, the daily Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

The move would follow similar steps taken recently by Club Med for one of its resorts in French Polynesia, on Moorea Island. That resort was temporarily closed down following a significant drop in bookings, mainly due to the current international terrorism situation.

The moves are part of a global Club Med downsizing, which involved some fifteen Club Med resorts throughout the world.

The other affected resorts are in Mexico, the Caribbean, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Greece, the Bahamas, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

Club Med's recently appointed director of Pacific operations, Frédéric Tartour, was in New Caledonia last week, which further fueling speculation of a closure of the Château Royal resort in Nouméa.

"I am here to familiarize myself with the Nouméa Club Med, get to know this resort and meet the team," he told local media.

Regarding a closure, Tartour said, "If anything, staff will be the first to be informed. This is our group's policy."

Nouméa's Château Royal resort currently brings in some 30,000 tourists yearly.

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