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VNRE - Accor, the largest operator of hotels in Asia Pacific and Vietnam, celebrated two decades of success in hospitality leadership in Hanoi. Accor operates 11 hotels throughout the country ranging from the mid-range Novotel and Mercure to the upscale MGallery and luxury Sofitel brands. The company has a strategic expansion plan which will add 15 new hotels to the network and will see the arrival of two additional Accor products – the Pullman brand and the leading economy hotel brand of Accor, ibis.

“Accor was a pioneer entrant to the hotel sector in Vietnam, arriving in 1991 and marked the beginning of a journey that has since seen the company lead the international hotel industry in the country” says Michael Issenberg, Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Accor Asia Pacific. “Consistent economic growth, infrastructure investment, improved air access and international tourism appeal ensures that Vietnam today, as in the past, remains a country with significant potential for expansion for the hotel industry. As the country’s leading operator, Accor remains committed to selective expansion and to the introduction of new brands as the market matures.”

Unrivalled Expansion

Today Accor announces further expansion of its network in Vietnam with three new hotels. Novotel Hue will be a newly built 230-room hotel located in the centre of the ancient capital of Vietnam, with facilities that include three food and beverage outlets, a ballroom, meeting facilities, as well as a swimming pool and spa.

Novotel Danang Han River will be the second Accor hotel in Danang after Mercure Danang opens later this year. This 346 room hotel is to be located near the Han River in the city centre.

Mercure Sam Son will be a new hotel of 200 rooms in Sam Son, a coastal city in Thanh Hoa Province, 170kms south of Hanoi. Beyond these three new hotels, Accor has development commitments for a total of 15 hotels in Vietnam. These new hotels will further extend Accor’s reach throughout the country and will add 3,700 new rooms to Accor's Vietnam hotel network. Development commitments include:

Mercure Danang – 279 rooms

Pullman Danang Olalani Resort – 197 rooms
Pullman Vung Tau – 350 rooms
Novotel Dalat – 175 rooms
Novotel Danang Han River – 346 rooms
Novotel Phu Quoc Resort – 234 rooms
Novotel Saigon Centre – 250 rooms
Mercure Hanoi Hado – 222 rooms

Pullman Saigon Centre – 290 rooms
Pullman Hai Phong Island Resort – 300 rooms
Novotel Hue – 230 rooms
Mercure Son Tra Resort – 120 rooms
Mercure Sam Son – 200 rooms
Ibis Saigon South – 170 rooms
Ibis Saigon Centre – 338 rooms

A proud period of accomplishments

“Accor has built solid relationships with our business partners in Vietnam, earning trust and respect while providing leading expertise, systems and opportunities to the hotel industry in the country.” says Patrick Basset, Vice President for Accor Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea. “We have long been committed to the hotel industry in the country and remain excited by the continued growth and the opportunity that the country offers Accor.”

Accor’s foray into Vietnam 20 years ago was through the Metropole Hotel, now known as Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. This inaugural management contract in partnership with Hanoi Tourist Corporation remains in place to this day. Five years later, in 1996, it became the first hotel in Vietnam to receive the first five-star rating provided by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT). In 1998, Accor introduced the Novotel brand to Vietnam – Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf Resort and soon followed with the opening of its first sales office in Ho Chi Minh City.

Committed to the industry and the people of Vietnam Accor is one of the country’s largest employers within the tourism sector and is committed to developing the talent that will lead the future of the industry in the country. In 2008, Accor inaugurated the first Master Degree programme in Hospitality Management in Vietnam and an ongoing sponsorship of student scholarships with Pole Universitaire Francais, the Hanoi University and the University of Toulouse II – Le Mirail. This program has resulted in eight sponsored students graduating from the programme and now all working within Accor hotels, some of whom are already in management positions. Today, we are announcing scholarships for three more students.

These successful candidates will receive scholarships that will cover 50% of their school fees and after they complete the one year course and six month training programme, they will automatically be accepted to work with Accor for at least 2 years. This completes a cycle of study, training and entering the workforce following graduation.

Source: Travel Daily News
Photos courtesy: Dep Online Magazine.

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