Accor on board at the Waterfront

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Local luxury property developer the Tulip Group has entered into a management agreement with world renowned hospitality giant Accor for the prestigious Waterfront project at Bali Hai in Pattaya, joining Accor’s MGallery collection of unique hotels. 

Accor, the world’s leading hotel operator and market leader in Europe and Asia-Pacific, is present in 92 countries with more than 3,600 hotels and 460,000 rooms.

Speaking at a recent event, Tulip Group Vice President Jason Payne commented: “Everyone at Tulip Group is extremely excited to be working with such a prestigious company as Accor.  We feel that the MGallery brand is perfectly suited to our unique and iconic Waterfront property.”

Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Accor Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines said, “We have been searching for the right property in Pattaya with a unique story and distinguishing characteristics that will fit the profile of the upscale MGallery brand, and now we have found it.  With a meticulous modern design and striking avant-garde exterior, this new member of the MGallery collection will change the landscape of Pattaya.  We are proud of this new partnership and would like to thank Tulip Group for their trust in choosing to work with us.”

Tulip Group CEO Kobi Elbaz was equally excited about the agreement with Accor saying, “An MGallery hotel is perfect for our property.  My VP Jason and I have wanted to work with Accor for some time and I hope that this will be just one of many properties that we will work on together.  I am convinced that this hotel will be one of the most exciting to be built in Pattaya.”

MGallery is a collection of high-end hotels, each one inspired by one of the three themes – Heritage, Signature or Serenity.  Hotels under the “Heritage” theme are accommodations with origins filled with history; “Signature” hotels offers an aesthetic universe, with a style and personality that is inspired by a visionary; and “Serenity” hotels promise a serene, relaxing refuge in a natural or urban retreat.  Waterfront Pattaya Hotel will fall under the “Signature” theme.

Waterfront Suites and Residence will comprise of a 300-room world class condominium and an MGallery hotel of 120 upscale guestrooms.  The property is set to change the Pattaya skyline forever due to its high tech design and location directly next to the famous neon “Pattaya” sign.  Waterfront Pattaya hotel is scheduled to open first quarter 2015.

Tulip Group currently has five condominium projects and 6 upscale hotels under construction, working with local and international hotel operators such as Centara Hotels & Resorts, Accor, Golden Tulip Hotels and Red Sea Group.

Jason Payne announced also that Tulip plans to expand its portfolio in Thailand to add a further 5 hotels, and talks are ongoing for a luxury condominium on Wongamat beach and a further branded residence in Bangkok Central Business District.