Accor Hotels to add 9 hotels in India by year-end

NEW DELHI: Global hospitality major Accor Hotels plans to add up to nine hotels in India this year targeting to offer a total of over 10,000 rooms across its properties in the country.

The French hospitality firm currently has 46 hotels with a total of over 8,700 rooms in India under ten brands ranging from luxury to economy spread across 19 cities.

“We plan to open up to nine hotels in India this year. We will have 55 hotels in India by the end of this year with over 10,000 rooms,” AccorHotels, Chief Operating Officer India and South Asia Jean-Michel Cassé told.

Out of the new hotels that the company is planning to open this year, the majority will be under Novotel and ibis brands, he added.

“Today the majority of our hotels are between Novotel and ibis brands. Around 50 per cent of our hotels are under these two brands and rest are in the other eight brands,” Cassé said.

With the opening of new hotels, the company will enter new cities such as Lucknow, Guwahati, Nagpur and Coimbatore, he added.

Cassé said Accor is also looking to intensify presence in key cities in major Indian hubs.

When asked about the business model the company plans to follow for growth, Cassé said: “We want to continue developing asset light through management contract”.

The hospitality major currently has brands like Pullman, Novotel, ibis, Formule1, Fairmont and Sofitel among others in India.

Accor Hotels Group, at present, has 2,40,000 employees in over 4,100 hotels in 95 countries. It has a portfolio of over 20 brands from luxury to economy.

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