Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: May 25, 2006

CONTINUING ITS EXPANSION in Asia, Accor last week opened the 386-room Grand Sukhumvit by Sofitel in Bangkok. With this opening, Accor now manages 48 Sofitel-branded hotels in Asia; another 20 Sofitels are scheduled to open in the region by 2008. The Grand Sukhumvit consists of two towers near the Nana BTS Skytrain station and the Queen Sirikit Convention Center. Targeting business and leisure guests, the property includes 241 suites with fully equipped pantries. All rooms feature work areas, cable TV and Internet access. Facilities include a spa and fitness center, a swimming pool, seven meetings rooms, a business center, a 24-hour restaurant, a deli and two bars. The hotel is marketing an opening rate of $84 a night with breakfast through Oct. 15. Visit www.accorhotels.com/asia.

ACCOR, MEANWHILE, joined China Southern Airlines Sky Pearl Club frequent flyer program, with members eligible for mileage points when staying at any Accor property worldwide. Accor has some 34 hotels in China across its brands, including Sofitel, Mercure, Grand Mercure, Ibis and Novotel. China Southern flies to more than 80 cities in China and overseas.

THE AUSTRALIAN HOTEL CHAIN Metro Hotels is offering travel agents and other industry professionals preferred rates in May and June. Metro Hotels, which describes itself as the countrys oldest Australian-owned hotel company, offers a range of hotel, apartment and inn-style accommodations, with a total of 11 centrally located properties in major cities throughout Australia, including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. The Metro Hotel City Central, for example, is marketing a rate of $105 a night. For information or reservations, visit www.metrohotels.com.au or e-mail [email protected].

 

MOBISSIMO, the travel search engine, launched a Web site targeting customers in India at www.mobissimo.in. The site performs comparative searches for air, car, hotel and activities on the Web sites of online agencies like Orbitz and MakeMyTrip, as well as domestic and foreign airlines with business in India. Mobissimo said this is the first such product to focus exclusively on India.

 

HILTON HOTELS CORP. agreed to manage a hotel in Hefei, China. The 26-story, 566-room Hilton Hefei is scheduled to open later this year. The property will feature eight eateries, a spa and fitness center and meetings facilities. The hotel is owned by the Anhui Yuanyi Hotel Co.

Asia-Pacific Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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