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Accorhotels opens two hotels every three days

7 Mar 2016 by Tom Otley
Accorhotels opened 229 hotels during 2015, a rate of more than two hotels every three days. Speaking at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) 2016, Global Chief Development Officer for Accorhotels, Gaurav Bhushan said that during 2015 Accorhotels had crossed “the symbolic threshold of half a million rooms worldwide”. The group now has over 3,900 hotels and 510,000 rooms in 92 countries and a pipeline of a further 160,000 rooms In 2015 of the rooms opened, 39 per cent were in Asia-Pacific (14,000 new rooms) and 37 per cent were in Europe (13,500 new rooms), with rebranding of existing properties also adding key markets such as the Pullman The Park Lane Hong Kong (834 rooms) - for a review of this, click here. Pullman The Park Lane Hong Kong The company also signed a deal for 50 hotels in Angola. Mercure posted the strongest growth with 59 new hotels, followed by ibis, which added 44 new hotels to its network and then by Pullman with opened 17 new hotels. As reported in newsDecember, 2015), Accorhotels has also agreed with the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) of Saudi Arabia and Oxford Properties, for the acquisition of FRHI which holds the 155 properties under the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel brands by mid-2016. This year, Accorhotels also sealed its strategic alliance with China’s Huazhu Group, which will accelerate the expansion of its brands in China with the opening of 350 to 400 hotels over the next five years. In 2016 highlights include Sofitel Frankfurt Opera Sofitel Frankfurt Opera (September 2016) Located on the Opernplatz with views of the old opera house and the neighboring park, this 150 room hotel will have a luxury spa and fine dining restaurant. Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20, Thailand (Spring 2016) This 244-room hotel in Sukhumvit will have a rooftop bar on the 26th floor, two restaurants, a pool and bar on the 9th floor, and 11 meeting rooms or a total of 600m2 for business events. Ibis Styles Nanchang Wanda, China (March 2016) This 481-room hotel will open in Wanda, “a culture and tourism city in eastern China” with access to Asia’s largest water park. accor.com Tom Otley
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