By Shane McGinley
Group plans Middle East expansion with 45 hotels in region by 2011.
Accor Hospitality Middle East has expanded its presence in the Middle East with the opening of two new ibis hotels and is planning further expansion in the region over the next two years, the hotelier said.The latest hotels in the chain were opened in the Jordanian capital of Amman and Muscat in Oman.
The ibis Amman will be the first internationally branded economy hotel in Jordan, according to the company, and the ibis Muscat will be Accor’s first hotel in Oman.
Accor currently has 29 hotels in the Middle East but plans to increase its portfolio to 45 by 2011.
It currently operates six hotel brands, including Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, ibis, Pullman and Suitehotel.
ibis first entered the Middle East region with its first hotel in Dubai in 2003. This year it opened two hotels in Dubai, the ibis Al Barsha and ibis Mall of the Emirates
In 2010, Accor plans to open two more ibis hotels, in Bahrain and Sharq, Kuwait.