We recently caught up with Kerrie Hannaford, vice president, Commercial, Accor India and south Asia to get insight on the French hospitality brands upcoming plans for India.

Hannaford said “For Accor India, we have two hotels in pipeline in 2020. In March, we launch the Grand Mercure Bengaluru at Gopalan Mall. In the last quarter, we will be launching the much-awaited Raffles Udaipur towards the end of the year.”

Other properties coming up in the next two-three years include Raffles Jaipur, Fairmont Mumbai Sahar, Novotel Mumbai International Airport, Novotel New Delhi City Centre, Novotel Bengaluru City Centre, Ibis Bengaluru Hebbal, Ibis Mumbai LBS Road, Ibis Mumbai CST Road and Ibis Styles Goa Vagator.

When asked to comment on India as a top source market for Accor, Hannaford said, “India is considered one of the most important markets and this is the reason we are introducing our iconic brand, Raffles here; and continue to launch multiple hotels every year.

“Indian guests spend on hospitality experiences and this is evident at the global level as well. In terms of hospitality, India is a sleeping giant and has a great potential to become one of the best countries for the travel and tourism sector.”