[photopress:grandmercurse_xidan_beijing.jpg,full,alignright]Accor announced its 300th hotel in the Asia Pacific region with the launch of the Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing in China. This used to be Marco Polo but has now been, as the phrase has it, rebranded.
The Grand Mercure Xidan Beijing extends Accor’s China network to 44 hotels, with at least a further 61 hotels to open before 2010. Other Accor hotel projects in Beijing include the interconnected 312-room Novotel Phoenix Beijing and 405-room Ibis Phoenix Beijing opening early 2008, Novotel Beijing West in the hi-tech Zhongguancun district and Sofitel Wanda Beijing later this year.
Accor Asia Pacific Managing Director, Michael Issenberg, said, ‘In the past two years Accor has entered into a number of major joint-venture arrangements for development of hotels across the region, with a major emphasis on our economy brands. We will see major hotels opened in other key cities including Shanghai, Macau, Guangzhou, and Nanjing and in inner Mongolia. This country-wide growth reflects China’s position as one of the world’s most dynamic inbound, outbound and domestic travel markets.’
The Grand Mercure is in the Xidan commercial and shopping area of Beijing, conveniently close to the Financial Street commercial district.
Source: Hotel News Resource