AccorHotels plans to open nine hotels in India by the year end in order to take its inventory to 10,000 keys across its properties here.

The hotel company currently owns 46 hotels with 8,700 rooms under ten brands ranging from luxury to economy across 19 cities in India. Pullman, Novotel, ibis, Formule1, Fairmont and Sofitel are some of the brands present in the country.

“We plan to open up to nine hotels in India this year. We will have 55 hotels in India by the end of this year with over 10,000 rooms. Today the majority of our hotels are between Novotel and ibis brands. Around 50 per cent of our hotels are under these two brands and rest are in the other eight brands,” says Jean-Michel Cassé, chief operating officer India and South Asia.

AccorHotels plans to focus on tier-II cities such as Lucknow, Guwahati, Nagpur and Coimbatore for its expansion.