The Ambassador of France to Pakistan inaugurated the Grand Mercure-Karachi Airport Hotel

In French

Karachi, March 28, 2007)

On
March 28, H.E. Mr. Régis de Belenet, Ambassador of France to Pakistan,
inaugurated the Grand Mercure-Karachi airport Hotel. The hotel managed by the
French group Accor, with 160 000 associates in more than 100 countries, is owned
by UIG (Pvt) Ltd a joint venture between JS Group and Qureshi family.

Ideally
located, bordering terminal 1 and Star Gate, the four-star prime property is a
welcome addition to the hospitality sector in Karachi. Having 235 luxurious
rooms, gourmet restaurants, 24 hour coffee shop, health club, swimming pool and
business center it will cater to the needs of a sophisticated and discerning
clientele in quest of luxurious accommodation in a secure and strategic
location.

In
his inaugural address the French Ambassador lauded the excellent performance of
the Pakistani economy which is growing at an accelerated pace and the surging
economic exchanges between France and Pakistan. In this context, he welcomed the
arrival in Pakistan of Accor, a global player managing more than 4000 hotels
spread all over the world. The arrival of Accor group, which plans to launch its
other brands like the prestigious five-star chain Sofitel and particularly the
budget class Ibis to meet the growing demand of visitors, would give a much
needed impetus to domestic and foreign tourism in Pakistan.


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Speech
by Mr. Régis de Belenet, Ambassador of France to Pakistan

Distinguished
guests,

It is a great pleasure
and honour to inaugurate the first phase of 
Grand Mercure hotel, a fruitful venture, amalgamating Pakistani capital furnished by the JSG and UIG Group and
French expertise and franchise provided by the 
Accor Group. 

One of the leading
global players in hospitality and tourism industry, Accor, owns a vast network
of 4,100 luxury and economy class hotels in 100 countries with a turnover of 
around 6 million euros in the financial year 2006.

It has extensive
experience in managing leading brand names like Sofitel Mercure , Novotel,
Suitehotel, Ibis, Redroof, Motel 6, Etap and Formule 1 all over the world and,
particularly, in near and Middle Eat and in Asia. 

I remember, in September
2006- that means less than sevent months ago,- President Pelisson, the founder
and Co-Chairman of Accor, came to Pakistan; with his Pakistani partners and in
particular with you Mr. Jehangir Siddiqui and other Pakistani partners, he met
President Musharraf and announced a very ambitious plan to set up a network of
Hotels with training facilities in Pakistan.

It’s
very impressive to see how the implantation of this plan is going fast:

- a
few day ago, the Prime Minister has chaired the ground breaking ceremony for the
SOFITEL Karachi,

- today
it is the “soft opening” of “Grand Mercure”.

Strategically located in
the highly secured vicinity of the Quid-e-Azam International airport, the 12
acre Grand Mercure will offer in its first 
phase 118 rooms including 3 suites with all the “musts” of a five
star facility like 24 hours café, fine dining restaurants, extensive green
spaces, swimming pool etc.

In
the second phase 50 colonial style chalets will be added to its impressive
portfolio.

The inauguration of the
Grand Mercure will give a much needed impetus to tourism, generate employment
opportunities and create a highly skilled workforce fully groomed to give
complete satisfaction and security to their valued clients. This sustainable
marriage between Pakistani capital and French expertise will also introduce a
French touch to the Pakistani Hotel industry.

Thank
You.

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Dernière modification : 04/11/2008

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