Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: June 1, 2006

ACCOR HOTELS said it will open the Hotel Ibis Suwon in Seoul, South Korea, in mid-2007. The 234-room hotel will be operated under a joint venture between Accor and the Ambassador Group, and will be developed by Korea-based MyungSun Inc. It will be the third Ibis property in Seoul and the second hotel in the city developed in a space formerly occupied by an office building. Hotel Ibis Suwon will be built in the commercial area of Suwon, close to the Samsung research center and other major businesses. The hotel will feature a contemporary design with advanced telecommunications technology, LCD screens in all rooms and large work desks.

ORIENT-EXPRESS HOTELS said it acquired a 100% interest in Napasai, a luxury hotel and villa property located on Koh Samui island in the Gulf of Siam, about an hour by plane from Bangkok. Orient-Express will pay $25 million for the hotel, eight adjacent villas and a parcel of land suitable for development of another 40 villas. The hotel portion cost $13 million. Napasai opened in February 2004 as a 55-room hotel and villa development on 40 acres of beachfront property on the northern coast of the island. The property was originally developed by Pansea, Orient-Express strategic partner in the region, and has been managed since its opening under the Pansea Orient-Express brand. Pansea recently acquired a 100% interest in the property and will now sell the resort to Orient-Express.

HILTON HOTELS CORP. is offering a Discover India with Hilton promotion at its Trident Hilton properties throughout India. Rates range from $75 to $238 per night, double, through Sept. 30, with a minimum two-night stay. The promotion includes breakfast daily, 1,000 Hilton HHonors points, a room upgrade if available upon check-in, early check-in and extended checkout, and taxes. The plan is valid at the Trident Hilton Agra, the Trident Hilton Jaipur, the Trident Hilton Udaipur, the Trident Hilton Cochin, the Hilton Towers Mumbai and the Trident Hilton Gurgaon. For information or reservations, call (800) HILTONS or visit

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES expanded its international route network after launching service to Baku, Azerbaijan, and Singapore. China Southern launched 737 service between Haikou on Hainan Island and Singapore on Tuesdays and Fridays. Meanwhile, the carrier launched 757 service between Urumqi in northwestern China to Baku on Tuesdays.

Asia-Pacific Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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