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Accor, the famous French hotel group and management chain, which is striving to add more hotels under the category mid-scale Novotel and budget ibis brands respectively to reinforce its market in India. At present, the group operates 32 hotels including its 8 brands- Sofitel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, MGallery, Novotel, ibis, Mercure and Formule1.

Mr. Nikhil Dhodapkar, Regional Director, Sales and Marketing, India, Accor said that,

“In India, we have a robust pipeline and growth is taking place across our major brands, typically driven by Novotel and ibis. Novotel is the only brand which is now present in all possible premier and mini metro cities of India like Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahemdabad, Kolkata, excluding Delhi, which will open by July/August this year. While ibis has a strong pan India presence with Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurgaon, Delhi NCR, Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, among others”.

Hotel Novotel Kolkata Hotel and Residences has been opened last year, and its first Novotel brand initiated in the eastern part of India. While talking about ibis brand, the plans are started and are in progress to start three in Chennai, one in Kochi and Goa.

Moreover, the Grand Mercure brand is expanding in markets like Mysore and Baroda. A Pullman hotel would be launched in July/August this year in New Delhi. However, the MGallery in Chennai, planned to open last year, but it is still pending.

“MGallery’s development is still very slow for the past two year’s investments had been slackening. The overall luxury and upscale business division for Accor has been moved to Singapore since major developments in Sofitel, MGallery and Pullman are happening in this part of the world”

mentioned Mr. Dhodapkar.