Accor has opened its first So SPA with L’Occitane at the Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich. A minimalist concept, the spa comprises a lounge for treatment consultations and retail recommendations, allowing a customised offer.
Sofitel has continued to develop its presence around the world by signing three new contracts in Frankfurt (Germany), Kiev (Ukraine) and Singapore. Three cosmopolitan capitals, all key cities for the brand, will welcome two Sofitel and one Sofitel So in Singapore in signature brand style: French elegance conjugated internationally, while respecting the culture of each country.
Accor has revealed that it will not extend its agreements with three Centara hotels in Thailand after they expire in January 2012, ending a 25-year long partnership.
Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has branded an encounter with a hotel maid in New York as “inappropriate”. The incident, which saw Strauss-Kahn charged with attempted rape, occurred at the Sofitel property in the city in May this year.
Sofitel has confirmed the opening of its first address in Guangzhou with the Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, taking its network to 20 addresses in China. To access all the latest information about the world’s major airlines via one mobile platform visit
Robert Gaymer-Jones, who joined the Group in 2007 as chief operating officer Sofitel Worldwide after holding a variety of senior operational positions, notably with Marriott International, has been appointed chief executive officer for Sofitel Worldwide.
As part of its global brand strategy, Sofitel is today launching its Ambassador Program for its 25,000 employees around the world. Sofitel is presently in the running to be named as Africa’s Leading Hotel Group by the prestigious World Travel Awards.
Sofitel Luxury Hotels has confirmed it will open its second location in Equatorial Guinea, on Bioko Island in Africa. Set to the east of Malabo, a cosmopolitan capital and tropical paradise, the Sofitel Malabo Sipopo Le Golf is designed both for business and leisure travellers.
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Sofitel Luxury Hotels has signed a new management agreement in China for its future flagship in Shanghai, the Sofitel Shanghai Jing’an, scheduled to open in 2011. This address will be the third Sofitel in Shanghai, with a fourth one on the outskirts of the city in Sheshan, and is set to be one of the city’s most luxurious hotels with an iconic building design.