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Thursday, 21 August 2008

Happiness the key to Club Med's success

Henri Giscard d’Estaing & Heidi Kunkel

Report by e-travelblackboard

Club Med hosted an intimate function for trade partners on Monday night to celebrate the company’s success in the Asia Pacific region with visiting CEO, Henri Giscard d’Estaing.

The company has spent US$1.5 million on renovations across its Asia Pacific portfolio since 2004, in an attempt to re-launch resorts as a more upmarket product offering.

The extensive renovation programme has also been extended to create new ‘5 Trident’ rating resorts, the closest one in Mauritius, and has caused the closure to five of its properties.

“We are targeting families and couples who want upscale, all-inclusive and multicultural holidays and aiming to provide a broad range of choice to suit a variety of tastes,” Mr Giscard d’Estaing said.

General Manager, Australia, Heidi Kunkel announced company plans for its Bali property, which will undergo renovations and re-open in December as its new flagship resort for the region.

When re-launched, the 4-Trident Club Med Bali in Nusa Dua will offer a wider variety of room choices including lavish suites and an extensive Mandara Spa with 12 treatment rooms.

“The product offering is something unique and special. We will offer the best value for money and the best kid’s club facilities,” she said.

Over half a million Australians have visited one of 80 Club Med resorts around the world since 1975 when its office opened in Sydney.

Mr Giscard d’Estaing said the company was founded after the Second World War “when humanity did the worst things and where the generation wanted to create happiness through nature and sport”.

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