AccorHotels to debut Pullman as largest hotel in Ghana

Posted by - October 4, 2018

AccorHotels has announced during the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) that a new property in Accra’s Airport City is expected to open in 2021.
After making headlines recently with its massive expansion plans, AccorHotels has announced another property set to debut in Ghana. It will be the first Pullman branded hotel and Pullman Living serviced apartments, the largest hotel and the first dual hospitality offering in the country.
The project with Inter-Afrique Holdings Ltd was recognised by its chairman, Kwame Nyantekyi-Owusu, and Mark Willis, CEO Middle East & Africa, AccorHotels.
Speaking about the new property, Mark Willis, said: “This agreement is an important step towards expanding our network in Sub Saharan Africa and demonstrates our dedication to developing the most distinct hospitality concepts, including Pullman Living, our compelling extended stay solution in the premium market.”
Mark Willis, CEO Middle East & Africa, AccorHotels and Kwame Nyantekyi-Owusu, chairman of Inter-Afrique HoldingsPullman Accra Airport City will offer 214 hotel rooms and suites, and 149 serviced apartments. The new-build, upscale hotel is within a commercial hub and is expected to become a major venue for conferences and events with seven meeting rooms, dedicated banqueting facilities, in addition to being located just a few minutes away from Kotoka International Airport. Furthermore, it will feature two restaurants, pool bars, two swimming pools and landscaped areas.
“Our foothold in the premium segment is reinforced”
Willis added: “Pullman Accra Airport City will solidify our presence in a country where we already operate an Ibis Styles as well as the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra and combined with the latter, our foothold in the premium segment is reinforced with a complementary and prime location in Airport City. Moreover, this project will strengthen our brand’s visibility in West Africa where we already operate in Dakar and Abidjan and have signed a Pullman hotel in Lagos earlier this year.”
Today, there are more than 115 Pullman hotels in 33 countries worldwide. In Africa and the Middle East, Pullman accounts for 12 hotels with more than 4,000 rooms.

Accor targets opening “one hotel per day” with Pullman Tokyo launch

Posted by - October 1, 2018

The number of APAC properties owned by AccorHotels reached one thousand when the group announced the opening of Pullman Tokyo Tamachi in Japan today — putting the company on track for its target of opening one hotel every single day by 2020.
The milestone represented by Pullman Tokyo Tamachi’s (above) launch means that for Accor, who have been on scarfing up acquisitions and opening new locations at a remarkable rate for some time now, the APAC region now represents more than 30% of rooms and 51% of the company’s pipeline across the planet.
“A new hotel every second day by 2020 [in APAC] and one hotel per day globally.”
Accor’s current growth is clocked at two openings in APAC a week but that just the start with the company striving to drastically up the rate of global openings, as Michael Issenberg, CEO for APAC at AccorHotels, said: “For the first half of 2018, 72% of global room openings for the group were in the Asia Pacific. We currently open, on average, a new hotel in the Asia Pacific every three days, but our goal is to move this to a new hotel every second day by 2020 [in APAC] and one hotel per day globally.”
“Enormous potential of the Asia Pacific tourism market”
The Accor portfolio now includes respected brands such as Raffles, Orient Express, Fairmont, Banyan Tree, Delano, Mondrian, SLS, Swissôtel, and Mövenpick, with no sign of stopping the company plans to open and add more brands, following the most recent purchase – the USD 1.2 billion acquisition of Mantra Group in Australia – with an estate of 138 hotels in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Bali.
Issenberg went on to add that Accor Asia Pacific will continue its rapid expansion as the group looks to transform its business model to become a full-service operator in travel, lifestyle and digital innovation. “We are very excited about what the future holds and our world-class distribution platform and loyalty program will help ensure we fully realise the enormous potential of the Asia Pacific tourism market.”

Accorhotels appoints two of the”best talents in our industry”

Posted by - September 28, 2018

Following Accor’s purchase of Mövenpick earlier this year, there has been unsurprising shuffling off the deck in the management structure of the both organisations, including the transfer of Mark Willis – Mövenpick’s 2018 marquee signing for president for Asia – to Dubai as CEO of AccorHotels Middle East and Africa.
Now Accor has unveiled two more appointments as it forges ahead with its avaricious growth strategy. Jeff Tisdall has been appointed as SVP development residential and extended stay, while Andrew Langdon will take on the role of senior vice president of development in Asia, responsible for Souteast Asia, Japan and Korea. They will be members of the Global Development Co-Dir.
Tisdall, whose current role is VP of international residential development, who came with the acquisition of FHRI in 2016, has been instrumental in integrating the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel (FRS) pipeline and leveraging Accorhotels’ brand’s potential. Langdon joins from the Swiss firm where he was global chief development officer.
In addition to his new responsibility, Langdon will continue to coordinate the development of the Mövenpick brand for the coming months.
“We access the best talents in our industry”
Gaurav Bhutan, global chief development officer for AccorHotels, said: “We have very ambitious development targets and the appointment of both Jeff and Andrew will allow us to grow in new segments and ensure that we maintain our leadership position globally.
“One of the key aspects of our acquisition strategy has been to ensure we access the best talents in our industry and these men are two of the best in the business.”
AccorHotels’ global residential portfolio pipeline has seen tremendous growth since the acquisition of the FRS brands, from 24 projects in 2016 to over 50 projects today. Residential is also a key lever to driving luxury development and hence plays an important role in the Group’s overall development strategy.

We spoeak to the GM of Grand Mercure in Myanmar – Accor’s latest gem in the “land of gems”

Posted by - September 5, 2018

Grand Mercure recently announced the opening of its first property in Myanmar. One of Southeast Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar remains one of the most undiscovered destinations but is emerging as a popular travel destination.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the country welcomed just 21,000 international arrivals in 1990, that rose to 120,000 in 1995, 660,000 in 2005 and 790,000 in 2010. Last year, Myanmar welcomed 3.44 million visitors up from 2.9 million in 2016 – an 18% increase.
We chat with general manager of the newest property Vinoth Kumar to discover the hidden gem – both Yangon and the first Grand Mercure in Myanmar.
TD: What makes Yangon an exciting place for Grand Mercure?
VK: Southeast Asia has long been a strategic market for AccorHotels. Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire is the newest of nine hotels within the AccorHotels’ portfolio with five more in the pipeline for Myanmar.
The property located in Yangon is an exciting connection to a land of incredible beauty and rich culture that is rapidly emerging into the modern world. The significant future growth makes Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire truly an attractive destination for tourists, business and corporate visitors.
What are you looking forward to in terms of business?
Although the citywide occupancy of Yangon continues to fluctuate, there is strong allure of an emerging market paired with captivating tourist destinations. The strategically located Grand Mercure makes us to look forward to embracing more travellers at our unique property.
How will Grand Mercure Yangon and its location help attract tourists for Yangon?
AccorHotels’ network reaches 39 million people through Le Club, AccorHotel’s loyalty programme. Le Club continues to reward loyal customers that travel to various AccorHotel destinations around the world. The New Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire is an exciting addition to the network of hotels that provides a desirable location for tourist, business and corporate visitors.
“Myanmar’s potential as a destination for tourism and business will continue to grow”
Where do you see Yangon on the tourist map?
Myanmar’s economy has grown at an incredible pace over the past few years. As the country continues to develop in areas such as energy, garment, healthcare, and education, which has much room for progress, Myanmar’s potential as a destination for tourism and business will continue to grow.
The continuous strong support from domestic and foreign investment will only continue to increase Yangon’s presence in the region.
How will you meeti the growing demand and influx of tourists?
Our hotel offers 175 rooms ranging from 30 sqm for superior rooms to the 340 sqm two-bedroom suites. This allows us to meet the growing demands with a variety of unique solutions while maintaining the excellent standard of service.
The hotel is also glowing with culinary diversity, Flavours Restaurant offers a nostalgic selection of assorted international and Asian cuisine, including halal food. Specialty cakes and fresh pastries are available at Mahura Deli, a special destination to enjoy a casual meal along with a fine selection of gourmet coffees, teas or a glass of wine.
For light snacks, finger foods and cocktails, guests are invited to a lush tropical garden to experience the Ken pool bar beside the outdoor swimming pool.
“Local artist Pyar Dade has put his artistic flair”
What efforts are being taken to blend in with the local culture?
Local artist Pyar Dade has put his artistic flair in the interiors of the guest rooms and suites of Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire with vivid hand-painted ceilings inspired by the colourful sapphire, emerald, gold and ruby gemstones that adorn the historic Shwedagon Pagoda, which Myanmar, the land of gems, is renowned for.
Which are your favourite hotspots in Yangon?
I enjoy exploring the many new restaurants and cafes that add to the diverse taste of Yangon as well as paying a visit to the tranquil temples and pagodas.

Interactive: Here are all the Mövenpick properties Accor has just acquired

Posted by - September 4, 2018

AccorHotels has announced the completion of its acquisition of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. The Enterprise Value (EV) represents CHF 560M (€482M) and encompasses 100% of Mövenpick company’s share capital, as well as ownership of the Mövenpick brand for all activities related to the hospitality business.
As an asset-light business, the acquisition of Mövenpick is perfectly aligned with AccorHotels’ strategy.
Comprised of 84 properties with over 20,000 rooms and 42 signed pipeline hotels to be opened before December 2021, the Mövenpick network consolidates AccorHotels’ footprint in Europe and Asia while accelerating growth in Africa and the Middle East, where Mövenpick already enjoys significant brand awareness.
“Mövenpick’s European-Swiss heritage and its combination of modernity and authenticity… fit perfectly with AccorHotels’ core value”
Sebastien Bazin, chairman of Accorhotels, said: “With a footprint in more than 20 countries, we strongly believe Mövenpick represents a strategic opportunity to bring synergies and new developments in key areas.
“Mövenpick’s European-Swiss heritage and its combination of modernity and authenticity embodied by committed and talented teams fit perfectly with AccorHotels’ core value. Along with our new partners and thanks to our strengthened brand offering further enhancing the variety of experiences available to our clients, we look forward to a rewarding future together.”
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will benefit from AccorHotels’ loyalty programme, distribution channels and operating systems that will ultimately serve to improve top-line performance across the network.

Heal thyself at MGallery’s latest in the sacred mountain of Yen Tu, Vietnam

Posted by - August 30, 2018

Part of AccorHotels, the boutique hotel brand, MGallery, has announced the opening of Legacy Yen Tu on the sacred mountain of Yen Tu, a resort that pays homage to Vietnam’s ancient architectural design.
Nestled approximately 1,068 metres above sea level, Legacy Yen Tu is situated near the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay. The destination is part of Vietnam’s historical golden era and has a rich history dating back about 760 years.
“A getaway for travellers in search of a complete rejuvenation”
Patrick Basset, chief operating officer for AccorHotels Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives, said: “The opening of Legacy Yen Tu, MGallery combines the quintessence of wellness tourism and luxury travel to provide a getaway for travellers in search of a complete rejuvenation of their body, mind and spirit.”
The 133-room property was designed by Bill Bensley, a renowned designer of luxury resorts. Built using ancient methodologies to emulate the peaceful way of life, the rooms feature the signature wooden-inked slab traditionally used for calligraphy and an outdoor patio living area.
“Inspired by the ancient architectural design”
“Inspired by the ancient architectural design, Legacy Yen Tu, MGallery is a testament to Vietnam’s rich history. The property features handcrafted interior décor items with hand-made traditional materials to blend with its surrounding ambience,” said Markus Hesse, the resort’s General Manager.
Legacy Yen Tu, MGallery offers a retreat for self-discovery and spiritual transformation while exploring the destination. Legend has it that a hermit monk An Ky Sinh travelled to Yen Tu Mountain in search of medicinal herbs during the pre-Buddhism times some two thousand years ago. Since then, the mountain has been regarded as a divine and sacred place.
Additionally, the resort features authentic Vietnamese cuisine at the Tho Quang restaurant and wines at the Thien Tra Lobby Bar which overlooks the mountain. For events, weddings and meetings, the hotel’s ballroom can cater up to 800 guests. The hotel is also home to a range of leisure facilities, including Tue Tinh Am Wellness that offers an open space for meditation, yoga and Truc Lam Zen practices.
MGallery has more than 90 boutique hotels around the world and four hotels in Vietnam which include MGallery Hotel de l’Opera Hanoi, MGallery Hotel Des Arts Saigon, MGallery Hotel Royal Hoi An and MGallery La Veranda Resort Phu Quoc.

Accor launches Novotel São Paulo; targets 500 hotels in South America by 2020

Posted by - August 20, 2018

With the goal of opening 500 hotels in South America by the end of 2020, AccorHotels has revealed its latest property in the region – Novotel São Paulo Morumbi.
The hotel is located in São Paulo’s business district of Morumbi and is aimed at catering to business and leisure travellers across all strata, with its choice of four different rooms – including standard (main picture), suite, superior and executive.
The rooms of the hotel are finished with clean lines and simple, yet stylish fittings and furnishings, including plenty of natural light through the large windows overlooking the city.
All rooms, including 21 rooms for people with reduced mobility come with air conditioning, automatic air control, safety deposit box, telephone, fibre optic WiFi, high speed transmission line work desk, extra baby bed and mini bar, as standard.
The Novotel São Paulo Berrini backs up its leisure facilities – fitness centre, sauna, and family play area not to mention the light-filled cool of the Gourmet Bar and Restaurant, with six function rooms. The Chafic Maluf (23 Sqm), Chucri Henri Dunant (87sqm), Chucri Zaidan (44sqm), Estaiada (22sqm) Henri Dunant (44sqm) and Roque Petroni (8sqm) are backed up with audio-visual conferencing tech, and support from the hotel’s events team.
The Chucri Henri Dunant roomAccorHotels has made South America its third most important biggest market and is now present in eight countries on the continent; Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
The group has opened 52 hotels in South America last year and now has more than 330 hotels and 52,000 rooms (including 289 hotels in Brazil with 45,000 rooms) as well as 175 hotels in the pipeline – including the Novotel Santiago and the Novotel Viña del Mar, both set to open by the end of this year.

AccorHotels’ Grand Mercure debuts in Myanmar

Posted by - August 20, 2018

Grand Mercure has announced the opening of its first property in Myanmar. One of Southeast Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, Myanmar remains one of the most undiscovered destinations but is emerging as a popular travel destination.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the country welcomed just 21,000 international arrivals in 1990, that rose to 120,000 in 1995, 660,000 in 2005 and 790,000 in 2010. Last year, Myanmar welcomed 3.44 million visitors up from 2.9 million in 2016 – an 18% increase.
Overlooking the famed Schwedagon Pagoda, Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire features 175 guest rooms and suites designed by local artist Pyar Dade. Featuring detailed hand-painted ceilings inspired by sapphire, emerald, gold and ruby gemstones, the rooms range from 30 sqm for superior rooms to 340 sqm two-bedroom suite.
“Yangon is definitely poised to lead further growth “
Patrick Basset, chief operating officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives, said: “This is our first Grand Mercure in Myanmar and the opening of Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire encapsulates the cultural touchstone of the destination and heritage in bringing local stories to life.
“As Myanmar develops as a popular destination for tourists, business and corporate visitors, we expect to see significant development within the years to come. Renowned for its lush tropical trees, beautiful lakes and one of the ancient wonders of the world, Yangon is definitely poised to lead further growth in the country.”
Burmese style Culinary offerings are spread across the property’s restaurant, deli and pool bar. Flavours Restaurant offers diners a nostalgic selection of diverse international and Asian cuisine, as well as halal food.
Specialty cakes and fresh pastries are available at Mahura Deli, where guests can enjoy a casual meal along with a selection of gourmet coffees, teas or a glass of wine. A selection of light snacks, finger foods and cocktails are available at Ken pool bar beside the outdoor swimming pool surrounded by a tropical lush garden.
Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire is the wellness area complete with an outdoor swimming pool, children’s pool, and a fitness centre. For relaxation, there is a spa with open-air Jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath, while a nearby golf course completes the suite of leisure facilities.
For meetings, private parties and weddings, the hotel boasts of two ballrooms that can host up to 400 guests with a large pre-event function area and seven meeting rooms that feature natural daylight overlooking the beautiful Yangon skyline.
Vinoth Kumar, general manager of Grand Mercure Yangon Golden Empire, said: “We look forward to welcoming business and leisure travellers to this urban garden, where our staff aims to bring captivating stories of the destination to life”.
Grand Mercure is a portfolio of charming upscale hotels that embody the authenticity of each local culture. With its origins in Asia Pacific, and further expansion planned for Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, the Grand Mercure brand now boasts more than 45 hotels worldwide.

World’s first ‘coralarium’ – underwater art installation to preserve coral – launches in Maldives

Posted by - July 23, 2018

AccorHotels’ first and only Fairmont Resort in the Maldives has launched the Coralarium, the world’s first semi-submerged art gallery, created by underwater naturalist and British artist Jason deCaires Taylor.
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AccorHotels launches Pullman brand in Laos

Posted by - July 17, 2018

Pullman, the upscale subsidiary of AccorHotels, has announced its first location in Laos with the opening of Pullman Luang Prabang.

Located in the UNESCO listed town and former royal capital of Luang Prabang the new hotel, little more than six miles from Luang Prabang International Airport, is situated inside a 16000 sq.mt estate set against a peaceful, yet dramatic backdrop of mountains, green fecund flora and the local paddy fields and farmland, etched with twisting rivers and streams.
Made up of 123 guest rooms and suites, as well as a two bedroom villa – which features separate living and dining spaces, a garden and pool – capable of hosting up to 50 guests, Pullman Luang Prabang incorporates traditional Laotian influences into its architecture creating a striking low-rise site.
The premium deluxe room “We are delighted to introduce our first Pullman property in Laos. The resort styled hotel encapsulates the Pullman spirit of bringing global nomads together in the historical town of Luang Prabang,” said Patrick Basset, chief operating officer of AccorHotels in Upper Southeast and Northeast Asia and the Maldives.
Related Posts The all-day dining L’Atelier restaurant offers a range of buffet and à la carte menu options while The Junction offers the Pullman brand signature Tapastry and Vinoteca which features a curated selection of wines and signature cocktails. Set amidst landscaped gardens and paddy fields, H2O pool bar serves a healthy choice of salad selections, sandwiches and homemade gourmet ice creams.
“Comprehensive meetings and events facilities make the resort a destination in itself”
Not forgetting the all-important meetings and events market Pullman Luang Prabang makes great play of its MICE facilities like eight different function rooms and breakout areas, as well as the town’s largest ballroom, the Nam Khong Ballroom, a 400 sq.mt conference and banquet hall capable of hosting 280 seated guests and 300 standing. Its outdoor patio is perfect for al-fresco events and pre-dinner cocktail functions.
“As the largest resort in the town Pullman Luang Prabang features low density designs on expansive grounds, its comprehensive meetings and events facilities make the resort a destination in itself with its natural surroundings and we look forward to welcoming leisure and business travellers,” said Jean Marc Lafosse, general manager of Pullman Luang Prabang.