AccorHotels has confirmed the creation of a lifestyle division to be headed by Cédric Gobilliard. The appointment will be effective from February 2017. Gobilliard will report directly to Sébastien Bazin, chairman and chief executive of AccorHotels.
Banyan Tree Holdings has announced that it has entered into an agreement with AccorHotels designed to allow the French hospitality giant to design and manage Banyan Tree branded hotels around the world. AccorHotels will invest an initial €16 million in Singapore-based Banyan Tree and both parties will then co-develop the brands owned by Banyan Tree.
AccorHotels has joined forces with LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, to enrich its mobile app with a new service for travellers. All AccorHotels guests can use this new feature, Business Check powered by LinkedIn, to create and facilitate business opportunities.
Olivier Granet, managing director, Middle East, AccorHotels, speaks to Breaking Travel News at the World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony.
Hertz and AccorHotels have partnered to provide Le Club AccorHotels’ members with special car rental offers, including exclusive benefits, globally. With this partnership, Hertz expands its presence across key global markets. The partner agreement runs until March 2019.
AccorHotels has seen global revenues slip by two per cent to €2,598 million over the first half of 2016, while EBIT fell four per cent to €239 million. Sébastien Bazin, chairman of AccorHotels, said: “With several of our key markets, including France and Brazil, shaken by crises and violent events, the group showed remarkable resilience in the first half of 2016.
AccorHotels has begun exclusive negotiations for the acquisition of John Paul, the leading player in premium customer and employee loyalty services. The hotel chain is seeking to acquire 80 per cent of the company for $150 million, with 20 per cent remaining in the hands of David Amsellem, the founder of the company who will remain as chief executive.
AccorHotels has launched a project to create a dedicated subsidiary for its HotelInvest operations. The aim of the project is to strengthen AccorHotels’ financial resources in order to accelerate growth, while also providing a legal structure that will ultimately enable third-party investors to hold the majority of HotelInvest’s capital.
Following the approval of shareholders at the general shareholders meeting today, AccorHotels Group has completed the acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts. The deal sees three prestigious luxury hotel brands - Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel – move into the AccorHotels stable.
AccorHotels will open its new flagship Novotel in London’s Canary Wharf to guests this year. The Novotel Canary Wharf is situated at 40 Marsh Street and at 127 metres high is set to be one of the tallest buildings in the area. The hotel will comprise of 313 rooms including 26 suites.
AccorHotels has announced a new hotel signing in Bridgwater Somerset, increasing its footprint in the south-west of England. The Mercure Bridgwater will provide over 100 rooms, and will open in the autumn 2017. Mercure Bridgwater has signed under a franchise by DC Hotels which has been heavily involved in the transformation Bridgwater has undergone in recent years.