Accor to open nine hotels in the Middle East in 2012
- Middle East: Monday, February 27 - 2012 at 16:05
French group Accor, Europe's largest hotelier, plans to open nine hotels in the Middle East this year as part of a rapid expansion in the region.
Currently, the group's regional portfolio comprises 56 hotels representing 12,357 rooms in ten countries. The group's hotel brands include Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, Pullman and Adagio.
Twelve of the new hotels to open by 2015 will be located in the UAE, four in Saudi Arabia, three in Syria, two in Qatar, one in Egypt and one in Bahrain.
"We have experienced positive growth in the region's tourism and hospitality industry in 2011," Landais said. "With 2012 upon us, we plan to leverage the breadth of the Accor brands to support the growth in the tourism sector. We are keen to offer tourists and business travellers alike a wider choice of hotels to stay in when they visit this region."
In the UAE, Accor aims to operate seven new hotels this year - currently it manages 15 properties. Among the new properties slated to open in 2012 is the 354-room Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lake, which follows the launch of Accor's first upscale hotel in the region, Pullman Dubai Mall of the Emirates in September 2010.
A new hotel brand, Adagio, will join Accor's portfolio of hotels with the launch of the first Adagio City Aparthotel, which will open in Abu Dhabi in late 2012. Designed to be a new network of urban residences, the Adagio City Aparthotel chain offers midscale apartments with à la carte services for "just like at home" stays.
The global network of Adagio City Aparthotel already comprises of 30 Aparthotels, with more than 3,000 apartments in key European capitals and primary cities. The brand has an ambition to develop 100 Aparthotels across the world by 2015.
Other hotels to open in the UAE this year include the 466-room Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, the 361-room Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bhustan, and the 280-room Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche.
In Saudi Arabia, Accor is expanding its ibis network with the first ibis hotel in Riyadh and the first ibis in Yanbu, both opening this year. Currently Accor manages 11 hotels in the Kingdom and four more will follow in the next two years.
"Focusing on our core strength, we plan to open a total of nine new hotels representing 2,630 rooms in 2012 that will reflect our full range of internationally branded hotels from our leading economy hotel ibis, and mid-market hotel brand Novotel, to our upscale hotel Pullman which will all make their mark in the Middle East hospitality industry," he added.
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