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Mercure Hotel Sponsors Round The Bays Fun Run

MEDIA RELEASE
24 January 2007

Mercure Hotel Wellington Sponsors Round The Bays Fun Run

Mercure Hotel Wellington is proud to be a sponsor of the 2008 Vector Wellington Round the Bays fun run/walk for the second time this year.

On Sunday 17 February, thousands of people will come together for the annual event, either walking or running their way around the beautiful waterfront bays of Wellington. Round the Bays is recognised as an iconic event in the capital city, with more than 10,000 people participating last year.

General Manager Business Development at Sport Wellington, Michael Bennington, says: "Mercure Hotels have been involved with Vector Wellington Round the Bays for a number of years. Sport Wellington Region greatly appreciates the contribution they make to the success of the event. A new promotion this year is the introduction of the Bring a Mate competition, in which Mercure Hotels have enthusiastically come on board as one of the major sponsors, providing nine accommodation prizes in total for the event.”

The aim of the Vector Wellington Round the Bays is to provide an opportunity for people to get active and it also supports the Push Play initiative to encourage New Zealanders to become more active, more often.

The sponsorship provides some funding for the event, as well as accommodation prizes for participants. Hotel employees will also be getting into the spirit by entering their own team in Round the Bays.

Mercure Hotel Wellington General Manager Olivier Lacoua says: “Family and community are very important to our hotel and we are proud to support an event that encourages fitness, wellbeing and community spirit. We already have a strong relationship with Sport Wellington, which oversees the event, so this is another way to get directly involved.”

For more information on this event, visit www.wellingtonroundthebays.co.nz.

For more information about Mercure Hotel Wellington, visit www.accorhotels.co.nz

Accor, the European leader and a major global group in hotels, the global leader in services to corporate clients and public institutions, operates in nearly 100 countries with 170,000 employees. It offers to its clients over 40 years of expertise in its two core businesses:
- Hotels, with the Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, All Seasons, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands, representing more than 4,000 hotels and nearly 500,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities, such as Lenôtre.
- Services, with 23 million people in nearly 40 countries benefiting from Accor Services products in human resources, marketing services and expense management.

ENDS


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