Premier Liu Inspects Construction Progress at CAL Park and Novotel Taipei Taoyuan Hotel
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April 17, 2009, Taipei, Taiwan ¡V China Airlines Chairman Philip Wei today had the honor of presenting details of the construction of CAL Park and the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Hotel to Premier Liu Chao-shiuan of the Executive Yuan, Minister Mao Chi-kuo of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Director General Lee Long-wen of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, Director General Janice Lai of the Tourism Bureau, and other cabinet members. After the inspection tour, Chairman Wei held a brief presentation for Premier Liu and the other dignitaries at Terminal 1 of Taoyuan International Airport.

¡§In response to the government¡¦s grand boosting-tourism project, China Airlines has embraced the ¡¥BOT model¡¦ (Build, Operate and Transfer), and will invest in and build CAL Park and the Novotel Taipei Taoyuan hotel,¡¨ said Chairman Wei. ¡§We will do everything we can to support tourism to Taiwan, and we will help unveil the first-ever international standard hotel at the Taoyuan airport.¡¨

The CAL Park and hotel project, said Chairman Wei, will generate revenue and provide a boost to Taiwan tourism. ¡§Among its many benefits, the project will encourage tourism to Taiwan, and provide a first-class facility for transit visitors.¡¨

In January 2007, CAL established a subsidiary company, CAL Hotel Company. It signed an agreement with Accor Hotel Group to operate and manage the hotel, and to introduce the Novotel brand to Taiwan. The completed Novotel Taipei Taoyuan hotel covers 16,520 square meters (1.65 hectares) of land area with eight floors. Its facilities will include 361 upscale guest rooms, the different style of Chinese and Western restaurants, a ballroom and conference rooms, plus a business center, swimming pool, fitness center, and spa.

CAL is developing CAL Park as its headquarters where it will integrate all of its functions, including passenger and cargo business, maintenance, aircraft operations, simulator training, and ground handling services. The land area of the new headquarters is 44,747 square meters (4.77 hectares, include the hotel). The target date of office moving to CAL Park is March 2010. It will serve as a base for Taiwan¡¦s tourism expansion program, and will play an important role in transforming Taiwan into an Asia-Pacific transportation hub.