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Accor to launch flagship hotel in China and other international news

19 March 2007
Accor to launch flagship hotel in China and other international news

Accor to launch flagship hotel in ChinaAccor is to launch its first flagship Sofitel property in China with the opening of the Sofitel Wanda Beijing later this year. The move is in line with the company's plans to make China one of its development priorities for the luxury brand and to substantially increase its presence in the country over the coming years. The 417-room Sofitel Wanda Beijing is housed in a 23-storey building located in the heart of the city's central business district. It will feature 10 function rooms of various sizes, a grand ballroom, four food and beverage outlets, a Lenôtre boutique, Sofitel club lounge and a health club with a Lancôme spa.

Golden Tulip management deal with Shanghai hotel begins Golden Tulip will start to operate its first Shanghai hotel, the Golden Tulip Shanghai Riverside in a management agreement effective 1 April. The Golden Tulip Shanghai Riverside is a four-star hotel in the North of Shanghai. The 283-room hotel will include a business and conference centre, a fitness and spa area and entertainment areas for karaoke. According to Hans Kennedie, president and chief executive, the company is aiming at a network of 200 hotels in China in the near future.

Small Luxury Hotels appoints new VP of gobal marketing Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) has appointed Nikki Harrison as vice-president of global marketing. Harrison, who joins from Travelport where she was regional marketing manager of travel distribution services, will be based at the company's headquarters in Surrey. She will be responsible for overseeing SLH's global sales and marketing strategy as well as developing consumer-based brand initiatives. SLH has a portfolio of more than 400 independent luxury hotels in 65 countries.

Coffee Republic signs Turkish franchise deal Independent coffee and deli bar operator Coffee Republic has signed a franchise agreement with Turkish company Ada Kahve Gida Sanayi ve Ticaret Limited Sirketi. The deal gives the company the right to develop Coffee Republic delis and recruit franchisees to operate Coffee Republic delis in Turkey. Coffee Republic chief executive Steven Bartlett said: "We are pleased to be partnering with Ada to develop Coffee Republic Delis in Turkey. Ada has demonstrated the depth of their retail knowledge and understanding of the Turkish market to us and we are confident that they will make a success of the Coffee Republic brand in Turkey."

Starbucks forms own record labelStarbucks has formed its own record label, Hear Music, to develop records for sale both in its coffee shops and through traditional music retailers. The company is partnering with Concord on the new record label, with Starbucks Entertainment overseeing the sale of music and books in its stores. However, exclusive content will not be a major focus, as the company is working to sell CDs through traditional music channels as well as its own stores. The Hear Music record label will be based in Los Angeles, and Starbucks entertainment president Ken Lombard will serve as chief manager.

By Kerstin Kühn

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