MIAMI, March 8, 2018 -- On the heels of the official December openings of Club Med's new mountain resorts of Samoëns Morillon Grand Massif in France, and Tomamu Hokkaido in Japan, the company announced the continuation of its international growth strategy today. Club Med's Global CEO and President, Henri Giscard D'Estaing, aims to open five new resorts per year, on average, over the next five years.
The company also has plans to execute five major renovations to its current resorts per year to offer new and refreshed experiences. With the expansion plan, Club Med is poised to retain its title as the worldwide leader in premium, all-inclusive vacations for families, active couples and solo travelers around the world.
Deep into a brand evolution that spans breaking ground in exclusive locations, renovations to family-favorite properties, and updated technology features across all 70 existing resorts, Club Med continues innovating its product offering to remain the champion of the all-inclusive concept.
"For more than 65 years, Club Med has continuously worked to improve and adapt to consumer demands and trends," explains Xavier Mufraggi, CEO of Club Med North America. "This entrepreneurial driving spirit has allowed us to remain an energetic and diverse place for travelers with upscale accommodations, superior sports programming, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining and legendary hospitality skills."
A brief look at some of the global upcoming openings, renovations and tech upgrades this year include:
In China, Club Med is testing a new venture for the company: a brand-new, short-vacation-style hotel concept to introduce the worldwide beloved Club Med experience to the Chinese market as part of its strategy to expand across Asia. The Club Med Joyview project will create a number of new hotels in China over the next few years, each within extraordinary and easily accessible destinations. All hotels will be within a three-hour drive from a major city in China, and feature upscale amenities and premium services for travelers seeking an escape into nature – all with a touch of Club Med's multicultural "art de vivre" spirit.
With its new flexible approach to the traditional Club Med model, Club Med Joyview hotels will allow guests to choose either a bed-and-breakfast option or an all-inclusive package. Two Joyview resorts just recently opened, with another one scheduled to open later this year:
In addition, Club Med Guilin in China recently added a new section to the resort:
Club Med's expansion plans will strengthen its presence in Asia through the creation of new resorts, develop its North American offering by breaking into a new territory, and elevate its leading role in the all-inclusive ski vacation sector with its plan to open a new Alpine ski resort annually.
In Asia, Club Med Ho Tram, close to Ho Chi Minh City in the southeast of Vietnam, will be the first Club Med to open in the country in 2021. In Indonesia, Club Med Lombok will be the third resort for the brand to open in the country, set to open in 2019. Club Med also recently announced it will open Club Med Ceylon in Sri Lanka in 2019, and a new 5-Trident Exclusive Collection resort in Seychelles in 2020.
In Africa, Club Med is planning renovations for its Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers resort in the Mauritius to expand the resort with 108 new rooms. Current rooms will also undergo renovations, and the resort will play host to a new spa, family pool, Zen space and a transformed specialty restaurant.
Additionally, Club Med will build on its established status as the global leader in premium all-inclusive mountain vacations with its much-anticipated return to North America: the company plans to open a new resort in 2020 in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region just an hour away from Quebec City. This 4-Trident resort with a 5-Trident space will be the first Club Med resort in Canada and will feature year-round activities for each season.
Club Med is a world recognized symbol for seamless and personalized vacation experiences that make bookings, check-ins and check-outs a breeze. Beginning early in 2018, French and Italian resorts will offer "Easy Check-In" that automatically opens a property account for guests prior to arrival without requiring a stop at reception followed by "Easy Check-Out" that directly charges the credit card on file so there is no need to close out an account. Resorts will also engage guests with mobile welcomes and digital assistance throughout their stay using a specialized bracelet that allows mobility throughout the resort and a smoother, modernized arrival.
This year, the company is instilling new capabilities to the Club Med Resort App that allows guests to access information about sports, dining, activities and events. The app will now allow guests to make direct requests to the housekeeping or technical teams to save time. Guests will also have the ability to book services through the app, such as spa appointments, excursions and specialty restaurant reservations.
The company is also working with Google Street View to allow guests the chance to tour the resorts and their rooms prior to arrival. Currently, 25 resorts worldwide offer the Street View option, including Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Florida, Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and Club Med Cancún Yucatán in Mexico. The company is working on expanding the list throughout the year.
As Club Med continues to offer new properties, updated amenities and advances in technology, the brand solidifies its reputation as not just the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, but also as the leader in upscale, all-inclusive vacations and active getaways around the world.
For more information, visit www.ClubMed.us.
ABOUT CLUB MED
Club Med, founded in 1950 by Gérard Blitz, is the pioneer of the all-inclusive concept, offering 70 premium resorts in stunning locations around the world including North and South America, Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Each Club Med resort features authentic local style and comfortably upscale accommodations, superior sports programming and activities, enriching children's programs, gourmet dining, and warm and friendly service by its world-renown staff with legendary hospitality skills, an all-encompassing energy and diverse backgrounds.
Club Med operates in more than 30 countries and continues to maintain its authentic Club Med spirit with an international staff of more than 23,000 employees from more than 110 different nationalities. Led by its pioneering spirit, Club Med continues to grow and adapt to each market with more than 14 new resorts opening within the next three years.
For more information, visit www.clubmed.us, call 1-800-Club-Med (1-800-258-2633), or contact a preferred travel professional. For an inside look at Club Med, follow Club Med on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Joseph J. Nuñez
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