FRENCH ACCOR HOTELS EXPANDING IN PACIFIC

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PAPEÉTE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, March 14) - The French Accor group's rapid expansion in the Pacific is continuing with Accor Asia Pacific taking over the operation of six Accor hotels from Paris in French Polynesia.

The change was announced in an Accor communiqué published on the Australian Internet web site e-Travel Blackboard.com.

The four Sofitel hotels and two Novotel hotels in French Polynesia previously managed by Accor's head office in Paris, will now come under the direction of Thomas Van Vliet, regional general manager of Accor New Zealand & Pacific.

The six Accor hotels are the Accor flagship hotels in French Polynesia, the Sofitel Maeva Beach Tahiti, and the Sofitel Ia Ora Moorea, the Sofitel Marara Bora Bora, the Sofitel Motu Bora Bora, the Novotel Bora Bora Beach Resort and the Novotel Rangiroa Beach Resort.

"The move is a result of Accor's growing presence in the Pacific region and its extensive experience in resort management," the Accor communiqué states.

The six French Polynesia resorts will join Accor hotels in Fiji and New Caledonia to bring the total number of hotels in the Pacific to 11 for the group.

The Accor "hotels enjoy a high profile in the French Polynesia market," the communiqué stated. The four Sofitel hotels in French Polynesia "have been enhanced through a major renovation program… The Sofitel Maeva Beach and the Sofitel Marara underwent multi-million dollar refurbishments at the end of 2005 to all rooms and two restaurants at the Sofitel Maeva Beach. The addition of a new pool and spa area at the Sofitel Marara will be completed over the next few months in time for the Pacific's peak season."

The Sofitel Ia Ora Moorea is currently closed for renovation work and the building of an additional 19 over-the-water bungalows to increase the capacity to 39 bungalows.

"The Sofitel Motu Bora Bora has completed a soft refurbishment, updating its already superb décor and service standards to provide the ultimate experience in luxury island getaways," according to the communiqué.

"French Polynesia's popularity as a holiday destination of choice has increased greatly in this region and Accor will work closely with wholesalers, airlines and travel agents to capitalize on the increased air access into French Polynesia from Australia and New Zealand," the Accor communiqué stated.

March 15, 2006

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