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Mekong in Accor’s spotlight

posted Jan 27, 2012, 8:27 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Jan 27, 2012, 8:28 PM by Mickey Dong Hoang Thinh ]
Accor Hotels Group will open this year five more properties  in Vietnam and Laos adding over 1,000 rooms to the group’s inventory in the six-country Mekong region.

Accor Hotels Group outlined its new expansion plan to TTR Weekly late last week, stating it intends to manage four properties in Vietnam (two Novotels, one Mercure and Ibis) and one Ibis hotel in Laos.

They are:
• Novotel Danang Han River (346 rooms);
• Novotel Saigon Centre (250 rooms);
• Mercure Danang (279 rooms);
• Ibis Saigon South (170 rooms).

• Ibis Vientiane (64 rooms)

In other Mekong region countries, Accor will concentrate on Thailand adding nine properties representing an additional 2,066 rooms.

Cambodia and Myanmar will also see expansion. Around four projects are under negotiation in the two countries.

Accor was forced to leave Myanmar in the 90s due to sanctions imposed on the military junta that ruled the country. It is now reviewing its position believing it is possible to return to the country in the near future. Talks would focus on managing a property in Yangon first.

Accor has 11 hotels and 1,941 rooms in Vietnam with three properties under Sofitel, two M Gallery, three Novotel, one Mercure and two hotels without brands.
Laos has only one property , the Mercure Vientiane Hotel (172 rooms), which was earlier branded a Novotel.

Currently Accor manages 59 hotels in the Mekong region with 45 hotels in Thailand, 11 hotels in Vietnam, two hotels in Cambodia and one hotel in Lao. Accor still doesn’t have any property in Myanmar.

Source: TTRW