Christophe Landais, chief operating officer, Hotel Services Middle East, Accor talks to Breaking Travel News at AHIC about their key brands which have a presence in the Middle East region. He talks to Phil Blizzard about the importance of the hospitality market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where they have 26 hotels in the development pipeline.
Accor has revealed its online booking solution for tourism professionals is now deployed in more than 150 destinations.
Sabre Corporation has renewed its technology agreement with Accor Hotels to continue marketing and selling Accor’s room inventory and rates in the Sabre global distribution system. Travel agents using the Sabre global travel marketplace will be able to access room rates and availability for all 13 Accor brands and 3,600 hotels in 92 countries.
Accor Middle East is unveiling its Middle East expansion plans which will bring the group’s regional portfolio to 100 hotels by 2017. The expanded portfolio will cover the economy, midscale, upscale and luxury sectors with Accor brands such as ibis Styles, Adagio, Novotel and Sofitel.
Pullman, Accor’s upscale brand, has announced the opening of the Pullman Shanghai South, its second property in the city of Shanghai and its fifteenth in China. China is now the brand’s leading market in terms of number of hotels. With 45 hotels and resorts in Asia Pacific (including 32 in Asia), Pullman confirms its strong growth and success in this region, accomplished through an unprecedented approach to upscale international hospitality.
French hotel operator Accor will again be the headline sponsor of World Travel Market Latin America. Accor was the headline sponsor of last year’s inaugural WTM Latin America and will sponsor this year’s event, which takes place at the Transamerica Expo Centre, in the city of São Paulo, on April 23rd-25th.
Vivek Badrinath has joined French hotel giant Accor as deputy chief executive. He will be responsible for marketing, digital solutions, distribution, and information systems, and will also be a member of the group’s executive committee.
Hotel operator Accor is planning to focus the business on operating and owning hotels, reversing a previous plan to sell many of its hotels in order to cut debt and focus on expansion in the Asia-Pacific region.
Accor is taking over operations for the majority of Qantas Domestic Lounges, bringing the group’s hospitality expertise to further enhance the customer experience. Having successfully managed Qantas’ First/Business Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne Airports for over five years, Accor will now also oversee the domestic lounge portfolio in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth, with a roll-out from November this year.
Accor has revealed ambitious expansion plans for its midscale Mercure brand, with 53 new hotels planned in 2013 including its first in Turkey and Sweden. The group, which currently includes 732 properties, is targeting 1,000 by 2015.
Accor is developing three newly built hotels in Myanmar – an MGallery hotel in Naypyidaw, Novotel Yangon Max, and Novotel Mandalay Mingalar – representing the group’s 18th market in the region.