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Friday, 3 April 2009

NOVOTEL ARRIVES IN MANADO, INDONESIA'S 'DIVE CAPITAL'

Indonesia's most popular base for diving and marine adventure – Manado in north Sulawesi – is set to have its first internationally branded hotel - Novotel Manado. The hotel is scheduled to open on May 9, 2009.

Opening Promotion offer


Novotel Manado is celebrating with special opening rates from IDR 599,000 (around $AUD 72) net per room night stay in a Superior Room valid from May 15 – July 31, 2009. For reservations please visit www.novotel.com.

Novotel Manado is a new 152 room including 24 two bedroom suites that is part of an integrated development called Grand Kawanua International City.

Grand Kawanua is being built on 180 hectares of land and will eventually become a mini-city, with 1,500 luxury houses, the city's largest convention centre, shopping centers, office compounds, and an 18-hole golf course, which is already completed. The convention centre will be the venue for the World Ocean Conference in May, which is expected to attract more than 1,000 delegates from more than 100 countries.

Manado is a picturesque city located on the sea-front surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. The major attractions for visitors are the region's magnificent coral reefs and white beaches. Bunaken Island, now a protected marine park, offers some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. It is easily reached from Manado with hundreds of charter operators providing day trips and tours. 

Away from the sea there are many volcanoes – such as Lokon and Mahawu volcanoes – as well as caves and lakes that attract adventure travellers from around the world.

Novotel Manado will provide much needed international standard hotel accommodation to the city. The hotel boasts an impressive range of food and beverage outlets including the all-day dining concept, The Square, a Japanese restaurant, Wasabi, and the Dragon Phoenix (serving Cantonese and Szechuan specialties).

The hotel offers extensive leisure facilities including a swimming pool, 18-hole golf course and a children's club. There is WiFi in all rooms and public areas, and

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Novotel Manado offers an impressive event venues, with 7,303 square feet of meeting and banqueting space. The Grand Kawanua Convention Venue can cater for up to 2,500 guests for meetings, events and banquets.

Accor operates 15 Novotels throughout Indonesia, 84 throughout the Asia Pacific and over 400 around the world. Novotel Manado like all Novotels throughout the Asia Pacific is working to achieve certification under Green Globe Sustainable Tourism Certification by the end of 2009. Green Globe is an international organisation that provides certification for Sustainable Tourism, originally established in 1992 by the World Tourism and Travel Council and based on Agenda 21 (priorities of the 21st century for the planet).

Novotel – Designed for Natural Living

Novotel operates nearly 400 hotels and resorts in the hearts of major international cities, business districts and tourist destinations. Throughout the world, our staff upholds the brand's fundamental values of distinctly modern design, simplicity and efficiency, making today's travelers feel naturally at home.

Offering comprehensive hotel services, Novotel ensures the well-being of business and leisure travelers alike. Guests will always find spacious rooms that easily adapt to both work and relaxation, a balanced choice of food and beverages available around the clock, and friendly, attentive staff, plus children's play areas, fitness centers and places to relax.

Novotel has long strived to promote sustainable development through its active involvement in the Accor Group's Earth Guest program. Today we strengthen this commitment by pledging to achieve Green Globe environmental certification for our entire network by 2010.

In 2008, 382 hotels and resorts make up the Novotel network, with more than 66,000 rooms in 59 countries. By 2010 we will add another 20,000 rooms, extending our global reach to 70 countries.

Accor, a major global group and the European leader in hotels, as well as the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 150,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in two core businesses:

- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, all seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre;

- Services, with 30 million people in 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in employee and public benefits, rewards and loyalty, and expense management.

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