Pullman to make Japan debut

Accorhotels plans to debut its Pullman brand of hotels in Japan in autumn 2018 when it aims to open its new Pullman Tokyo Tamachi as part of the MSB Tamachi mixed-use complex. The new Pullman would join Accorhotels’ portfolio of 12 properties across Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Sapporo and Okinawa.

Positioned as a business and leisure hotel, the 143-room Pullman Tokyo Tamachi is connected to the JR Tamachi Station, and approximately 30 minutes from Haneda International Airport.

“The opening of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi marks an exciting step in developing more upscale and luxury hotels in Japan to meet the growing demand of cosmopolitan travellers who appreciate innovative design and wellness in the travel scene,” said Accorhotels’ vice president for Japan, Eric D’Ignazio. “The global nomad is Pullman’s representation of the new generation of travellers and business leaders who fully and naturally blend work and leisure.”

Details of the facilities at the new Tokyo property are slim, though Pullman is marketed as a brand aimed at “hyper-connected travellers” offering them “contemporary design and energising culinary concepts”.

Accorhotels’ debut of its Pullman brand in the country is the latest in a string of expansions and entrances to the Japanese market by numerous hotel groups. This year alone, Marriott aims to open a total of five properties in the country under its Marriott Hotels brand, on top of the debut of its Moxy Hotels brand in Japan in the second half of 2017 with properties in Tokyo and Osaka.

Meanwhile, Thai hotel group Dusit International entered into a strategic partnership with Colours International in March to form a new Dusit Colours joint venture, with the aim of developing new Dusit-branded properties across Japan.

“Japan keeps attracting more and more international travellers, with historically high growth rate recorded in the beginning of 2017,” said Accorhotels COO for Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia, Patrick Basset. “The increasing inbound market, especially from Korea and other Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam) is on a continuous positive trend, which will be amplified as the country will benefit from the worldwide attention with the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games.”

Pullman Hotels and Resorts has 117 properties in its portfolio in 33 countries worldwide.

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Accorhotels opens new Pullman in Sarawak

Pullman Miri Waterfront Lobby

Accorhotels has opened a new Pullman property in Sarawak, Malaysia – the Pullman Miri Waterfront at the Miri Waterfront Commercial Centre, approximately ten minutes from Miri International Airport.

Claimed to be the tallest building in the city, the hotel provides views of the South China Sea and nearby Miri River. Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei, is about an hour and a half away by car. Miri is also home to attractions such as Niah Cave, Loagan Bunut National Park and the Unesco-listed Gunung Mulu Cave National Park.

“The opening of Pullman Miri Waterfront underlines Accorhotels’ expansion in Malaysia and reinforces the brand commitments that offer hyper-connected travellers an experience that combines both efficiency and wellness in this modern hub city,” said Garth Simmons, COO of Accorhotels Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. “Pullman Miri Waterfront attracts cosmopolitan, sophisticated leisure travellers who come to see and feel the abundance of natural beauty.”

The hotel itself offers 328 rooms along with meetings and events spaces able to cater to approximately 1,000 people. All Day Dining Pullman Kitchen, meanwhile, features an open kitchen concept with international fare, while The Dining Room serves local dishes along with sandwiches. Cocktails can be had at either the Drinking Ape Bar and Lounge or the Splash Bar by the infinity pool. A fitness centre, Jacuzzi, sauna and spa round out the leisure offerings at the hotel.

Pullman currently operates some 117 hotels in resorts across the world.

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Park Lane Hong Kong has an ongoing spring break discount

PLAYT restaurant at Park Lane, a Pullman Hotel

Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel is offering guests an option to enjoy spring in the autonomous territory.

The Sunday Vibes package that is valid until August 31, 2017, includes:

  • Free Sunday afternoon tea for two at Ebb & Flow
  • Free upgrade to the next room category
  • Free wifi for unlimited devices
  • Children’s amenities available on request.

Guests may enjoy the daily buffet breakfast at PLAYT for HK$176 per person as opposed to HK$272.8 per person.

Further, until May 31, 2017, PLAYT has a dinner buffet offer for a party of eight persons or more. If booked three days in advance, the table will enjoy a free bottle of sparkling wine, as well as a premium Tomahawk Steak, alongside a cold-cuts, sushi, creative homemade desserts and other buffet dishes.

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Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel is offering guests an option to enjoy spring in the autonomous territory.

The Sunday Vibes package that is valid until August 31, 2017, includes:

  • Free Sunday afternoon tea for two at Ebb & Flow
  • Free upgrade to the next room category
  • Free wifi for unlimited devices
  • Children’s amenities available on request.

Guests may enjoy the daily buffet breakfast at PLAYT for HK$176 per person as opposed to HK$272.8 per person.

Further, until May 31, 2017, PLAYT has a dinner buffet offer for a party of eight persons or more. If booked three days in advance, the table will enjoy a free bottle of sparkling wine, as well as a premium Tomahawk Steak, alongside a cold-cuts, sushi, creative homemade desserts and other buffet dishes.

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Park Lane Hong Kong, a Pullman Hotel is offering guests an option to enjoy spring in the autonomous territory.

The Sunday Vibes package that is valid until August 31, 2017, includes:

  • Free Sunday afternoon tea for two at Ebb & Flow
  • Free upgrade to the next room category
  • Free wifi for unlimited devices
  • Children’s amenities available on request.

Guests may enjoy the daily buffet breakfast at PLAYT for HK$176 per person as opposed to HK$272.8 per person.

Further, until May 31, 2017, PLAYT has a dinner buffet offer for a party of eight persons or more. If booked three days in advance, the table will enjoy a free bottle of sparkling wine, as well as a premium Tomahawk Steak, alongside a cold-cuts, sushi, creative homemade desserts and other buffet dishes.

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Pullman Bangkok King Power completes renovation

Pullman Bangkok King Power

The first Pullman-brand hotel in the world has now also become the first to undergo a complete renovation, almost ten years after it opened its doors in October 2007. The Pullman Bangkok King Power has seen its lobby, restaurants and bars, meetings and events spaces, executive lounges and all 354 of its rooms receive an overhaul as part of the brand’s aim to cater to mobile, connected and seasoned travellers.

“The renovation of Pullman Bangkok King Power presented an unprecedented challenge but the result is simply stunning,” said the hotel’s general manager, Marc Begassat. “Our goal was to present our guests with a cosmopolitan, vibrant and stylish experience and I believe we have truly accomplished this.”

Among the new aspects introduced as part of the renovation is a lobby concept that combines barista with pop-up bar, and the Glen Bar with a new mezzanine space that features local beverages including traditional Thai street alcohol called yadong served from urns. The Pullman Bangkok King Power has a total of five restaurants and bars on site, which also includes an organic, wellness and detox-themed eatery, Cuisine Unplugged.

Meanwhile the hotel’s guestrooms have been redesigned across four room types and now include 18 Deluxe rooms with balconies. The Thai theme of the property is similarly a feature of the rooms, which have bamboo flooring in the Superior, Deluxe and Executive rooms. Suites, on the other hand, have teak flooring, though all rooms feature wooden worktables, lounge chairs, LED smart TVs and complimentary high-speed wifi.

For business travellers, the Pullman Bangkok King Power has redesigned its executive lounge so that it now offers a more relaxed setting with an open kitchen, meeting spaces and a living room. The executive lounge is available to suite and club floor guests. For corporate groups, meanwhile, the hotel has redeveloped its 20 meeting and events spaces, which includes two ballrooms; the smaller of which has natural lighting, an open kitchen and a car entrance.

“It is our belief that the new ‘Our World Is Your Playground’ concept will transform the hospitality industry in Bangkok, the world’s top tourist destination, and we are particularly proud that the world’s first Pullman is also the first Accorhotels property bringing this concept to life in Asia,” said Begassat.

In addition to the Pullman Bangkok King Power, Pullman has more than 100 hotels in 33 countries, with 37 new properties in the pipeline for Asia-Pacific.

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New Auckland Airport hotel announced

Auckland Airport

Auckland Airport is set to get a new five-star hotel adjacent to its international terminal and the current four-star Novotel airport hotel by late 2019. The 250-room property, which will begin being constructed by the end of 2017, will operate under Accorhotels’ Pullman brand and carry the name “Te Arikinui”.

According to the airport’s general manager, Mark Thomson, plans for a new airport hotel have been in the works for some time, but a recent increase in demand for accommodation in the city has expedited the development.

“Auckland Airport plays a key role in New Zealand’s growing tourism industry and in connecting Auckland to New Zealand, and New Zealand to the world,” he said. “Being able to walk to the terminals, rather than drive, has considerable appeal to hotel patrons and will also help reduce vehicle movements on our roads.”

The completion of the new property is expected to coincide with the expansion of the airport’s international terminal and the start of development on the domestic section of a future combined domestic and international terminal. These are reportedly part of an infrastructure improvement plan that is currently seeing the airport invest more than NZ$1 million (US$128,843) per working day.

“This is an exciting project that will result in two complementary assets located in an exceptional position at New Zealand’s main gateway,” said Chris Joblin, chief executive of Tainui Group Holdings, which is co-developing the hotel. “This creates tremendous scope to create a unique, authentic New Zealand experience for airport visitors and hotel guests including through unique cultural elements incorporated in the design.”

Auckland Airport has welcomed a slew of new services in recent months, including Hainan Airlines’ Shenzhen service, new daily direct flights by Hong Kong Airlines, and Tianjin Airlines’ three-times-weekly service from Tianjin. Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific became the first international airline to fly an Airbus A350-900 to the New Zealand city in October last year.

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Newly rebranded Pullman Shanghai Jing An opens

Pullman Shanghai Jing An Hotel Entrance

Pullman Hotels and Resorts has opened the newly refurbished Pullman Shanghai Jing An following a year-long renovation and rebrand of the former Grand Mercure Shanghai Central property.

Situated in Shanghai’s Jing An business district, the hotel has views of the city from each of its 288 rooms and suites, which each feature floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a flat-screen TV, modern bathroom amenities and high-end bedding.

Offering both Chinese and international cuisine, the property has two restaurants each providing different environments. All-day dining space Venu has an open-kitchen concept and offers international fare, while its Shanghainese restaurant is precisely the opposite, favouring intimacy with its 19 private rooms.

Corporate groups can make use of the hotel’s two ballrooms and five meeting rooms, able to accommodate up to 350 guests. Individual business travellers can utilise private meeting spaces on the 27th floor executive club and lounge. Meanwhile leisure facilities comprise a gym, 20-metre lap pool, yoga studio and spa, which is set to open in 2017.

“Pullman Hotels & Resorts is a cosmopolitan brand that offers hyper-connected travellers an experience that combines both efficiency and wellness,” said Michel Molliet, AccorHotels Greater China chief operating officer. “The branding of Pullman Shanghai Jing An offers discerning travellers a warm sanctuary amidst the hustle and bustle of metropolitan Shanghai with its innovative design, business, fitness and restaurant facilities.”

As part of Pullman’s recently launched art initiative, the Pullman Artist Playground, the property has collaborated with Chinese artist Qin Ming to create a bespoke series of artworks for the hotel. The art programme aims to foster collaborations between Pullman’s global properties and artists.

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