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Old Jun 11, 12, 1:56 pm   #1
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Sofitel revitalization article

Sofitel's Luxury Makeover Returns a Profit

Accor's once money-losing brand is now a smaller, profitable line
of French-inspired, global luxury hotels

By Venessa Wong
June 10 (Bloomberg BusinessWeek) -- Singapore’s old Ogilvy
Centre, a 1920s landmark built in neoclassical style and boasting
large, decorative, iconic columns and recessed balconies with
cast-iron balustrades, will reopen as a high-end Sofitel hotel in
2013. The $100 million project will be among several Sofitel
launches since its parent company Accor (AC:FP) began
repositioning the French-inspired lodging chain as a luxury
international hotel brand in 2007. Moving upscale meant slashing
the portfolio to 120 hotels in 2011, from 201 in 2006. Big name
designers and architects were hired to craft new properties and
renovate existing ones. All staff received training on providing
top-notch service. The result, says Chief Executive Robert
Gaymer-Jones: The once money-losing hotel brand is now
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In another article Sofitel CEO Robert Gaymer-Jones explains further changes and openings at Sofitel:

Sofitelís CEO details global expansion plans

In a major step to overhaul the Sofitel Hotels brand for the next generation, CEO Robert Gaymer-Jones stated last week that over the last few years, Accor had rebranded 60 hotels, closed 52 and opened 29 new spaces, totalling 121 hotels worldwide.

By 2016, the team is hoping to raise the tally to 204, with at least 30 of them as all-new developments. A new property in Casablanca will open in July, and 9 new hotels are opening this year, including a 4th Sofitel Legend in Santa Clara (Colombia) and a second Sofitel So in Bangkok. Dubai will be home to a new property next year, as well as others.......
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I'm at the So Bangkok on Friday night - looking forward to seeing how the brand is moving forward
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