Accor acquires four new hotel sites in the UK

Accor could soon be looking to step up its hotel recruitment levels in the UK after announcing it is to open up a number of new hotels located in London and Edinburgh.

The international hotel group has announced it has entered into agreements to acquire properties that will be converted into a total of four hotels, one of which will be in London and the rest in Edinburgh.

The London hotel, which will be located on Marsh Street in Canary Wharf, will be owned and managed by Accor under the group's Novotel brand.

It will have 310 rooms and is due to open by mid 2015.

Of the three Edinburgh hotels, Accor will own and manage one, while the other two will be leased. All three will operate under the Ibis brand.

The hotel managed by Accor will open in St Andrews Square in the second half of 2013 and will have 103 rooms.

The other two hotels in the Scottish capital will be located at Edinburgh Park and SoCo Edinburgh – a new development in the heart of the old town – and will open in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Thomas Dubaere, managing director at Accor UK & Ireland said: "Our investment in these four new hotels, two of which we will own and manage, is another step in our strategy to build on our leadership position and further grow Accor's presence in the UK."

He added that the openings are also part of the group's "flexible active asset management plan".

"While we are focused on reducing our portfolio’s capital intensity, we have the financial strength to invest in owned assets, for key locations and flagship hotels for our brands," he explained.

It follows the recent news that Accor is to overhaul its management structure in the New Year to give each of its brands its own chief operating officer.

Accor hopes this move will strengthen the identity of each brand and make them more coherent.

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