Accor expands Australia presence

ACCOR is expanding its Australian network through new franchising and management agreements with a number of existing hotels.

Accor Australia vice president, Simon McGrath, said: “Our franchise network has grown by more than 200 per cent over the last three years. We expect strong growth again for 2011.”

Among the group’s additions in Australia are Mercure Sydney Potts Point, Grand Mercure Apartment Cable Beach Resort, Blue Mountains’ Fairmont Resort – an MGallery collection, and Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island.

Mercure Sydney Potts Point, formerly The Crest, has been reopened with 227 rooms after a two-year total renovation.

The 150-key Grand Mercure Apartment Cable Beach Resort is located on Cable Beach, popular with European travellers.

Fairmont Resort, under new ownership and management with Accor operating the hotel as part of its MGallery collection, is undergoing a major refurbishment of its rooms and public facilities, which will enable it to host large groups, conference and events.

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