Scotland business

Accor to open three more hotels in Scotland

CGI of Mercure hotel Image copyright Accor
Image caption Accor has signed a deal to open a new Mercure hotel in Edinburgh as part of its growth plans

French-owned hotel operator Accor has announced plans to open three more hotels in Scotland.

Accor, which owns the Mercure, Novotel and Ibis brands, will open two new hotels in Edinburgh and one in Glasgow.

The new openings will bring the group's portfolio in Scotland to 21.

Accor said the latest expansion demonstrated its commitment to growing its business in Scotland, where the hotel operator currently employs nearly 1,000 people.

In Glasgow, Accor has signed a franchise agreement with MCTH Trading to open an Ibis Styles in the current Telfer House, which is undergoing extensive refurbishment.

This will be the city's first Ibis Styles, which will be managed and operated by Glasgow-based hotel management company Redefine/BDL Hotels. It will take on a new team to operate the 101-room, eight-storey hotel, creating 25 jobs next year.

In Edinburgh, Accor has signed a deal to open a new Mercure hotel in Gardner's Crescent. The 110-room, midscale hotel will be opened with franchise partner Edinburgh City Hotels early next year.

The company also has plans to open an Adagio aparthotel as part of the city's New Waverley development.

'Growth potential'

Thomas Dubaere, managing director of Accor UK & Ireland, said: "These new hotels will help us to expand the Accor brands in Scotland, where our business is already enjoying great success.

"We're especially pleased to be working with franchise partners for these economy and midscale hotels, as these are segments where we see a lot of growth potential.

"Scotland is an important region for us, with its enviable tourism industry and flourishing business ecosystem, so we continue to seek new opportunities to grow and participate in the local economy."

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