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Accor Announces Takeover Of Hyatt Auckland And Christchurch's Hotel

Accor set to become New Zealand's largest hotel group

Accor announced today that it will take over Hyatt Auckland from 20 January 2011, with the hotel re-branded as a 5-star Pullman hotel. Accor also announced today that it had taken over the hotel formerly known as Hotel So in Christchurch. It is being re-branded to its global All Seasons economy hotel brand.

The two hotels will take Accor's New Zealand network to 29 hotels, equal largest hotel group in the country. With the addition of Novotel and Formule 1 hotels at Auckland next year, Accor will become New Zealand's largest hotel group.

Individual press releases for the two hotels can be found below:

ACCOR TO TAKE OVER HYATT AUCKLAND AND RE-BRAND AS NEW ZEALAND'S FIRST PULLMAN HOTEL

New Zealand's first 5-star hotel - Hyatt Regency Auckland - is to enter a new era when Accor takes over management of the hotel and re-brands it to Pullman Auckland from 20 January 2011.

The hotel is the first Pullman hotel to be launched in New Zealand and joins one of the world's fastest growing and most dynamic 5-star hotel groups.

The Pullman name has a rich heritage in the hospitality industry*, and Accor is using the brand to provide a fresh approach to upscale hospitality based around the fundamentals of Conviviality, Connectivity and Co-meetings. The Pullman network already extends to over 50 hotels in some of the world's most renowned cities including Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Dubai, Bangkok, Shanghai, Sydney and Cairns. A network of 150 Pullman hotels is planned by the end of 2015.

The re-branding to Pullman will build on the outstanding reputation that the hotel has developed since it opened in 1968.

The hotel is situated on a ridgetop in the central business district, offering outstanding views of Auckland Harbour and Albert Park, and is convenient to the city's major corporate, retail and entertainment districts.

For over three decades it has been the business and social hub for Auckland, attracting celebrities, politicians, business leaders and the world's most discerning tourists. Since opening, the hotel added apartments, a health club and an award-winning day spa to its facilities.

The Pullman hotel will offer 267 rooms, suites and apartments, with three Pullman Executive levels. The hotel boasts some of Auckland's most extensive conference facilities with the capacity to host events for up to 1000 delegates. Facilities range from a grand ballroom to the Top of the Town boardroom, one of Auckland's most exclusive venues, which is located on the top floor of the hotel, providing superb views of the harbour, city and parks

The Spa and Health Club is one of the largest of its kind in NZ. Available to hotel guests and external clients. The facility includes 6 treatment rooms, each decorated with a NZ theme as well as a gymnasium providing various exercise equipment, a 25 meter heated lap pool with a retractable roof, steam room, jacuzzi, juice bar and spa boutique

In 2009 the hotel underwent a NZ$7 million refurbishment of all guest rooms, as well as an upgrade of some public areas and back-of-house facilities.

"The launch of a new international brand always provides impetus for a city's tourism infrastructure," said Paul Richardson, Accor Vice President New Zealand.

"The Hyatt has built-up an excellent reputation over the years and we believe that Pullman, with its dynamic global growth potential, can really add significantly to add to the hotel's and Auckland's tourism potential.

"The Asia Pacific region is a key future market for growing New Zealand's inbound tourism, and with Accor boasting the largest network of hotels in the region and with Pullman growing so rapidly, we will be able to play a major role in promoting Auckland as a destination for business, leisure and conference travellers.

"It will also provide great opportunities for staff. Joining a network of over 400 hotels in Asia Pacific and 29 in New Zealand means they will be able to develop their careers far more easily within the one hotel group.

"We look forward to working with all our partners in the industry to ensure a very smooth transition to the new Pullman brand."

The launch of Pullman Auckland is part of a major expansion of Accor's hotels in New Zealand. Earlier this year Accor added the Novotel Christchurch on Cathedral Square and in mid-2011 Accor will become New Zealand's largest hotel group when it opens new Novotel and Formule 1 hotels at Auckland Airport. Mr Richardson said there were a number of other projects under consideration in New Zealand.

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