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French hotel giant appoints new MD for Middle East

Olivier Granet will oversee AccorHotels' launch of 55 properties bringing 15,000 rooms to the region

French hotel giant appoints new MD for Middle East

France-based AccorHotels has announced the appointment of Olivier Granet as its new managing director and chief operating officer for the Middle East.

Granet was previously senior vice president of development at AccorHotels Middle East, moving to Dubai in 2011 to oversee the signing of over 70 new partnership agreements across the region.

Granet succeeds Christophe Landais, who will now be responsible for AccorHotels’ new mission in Iran, where the group is planning a nationwide expansion after becoming the first international hotel group to operate in the country.

Jean-Jacques Dessors, CEO of AccorHotels Mediterranean, Middle-East and Africa (MMEA), said: “Since he moved to our Dubai office in 2011, Olivier has demonstrated his ability to accelerate the development of this crucial region for the Group, developed an extensive network of new partners, and gained the trust of our existing partners.

"Having been with AccorHotels in Europe for over a decade and then based in the Middle East for five years, he brings to the role a unique combination of strong on-the-ground experience built upon a global outlook.

Granet added: “I am very excited to be stepping into this role at such an eventful time for AccorHotels in the Middle East. I look forward to overseeing our diverse portfolio of internationally renowned luxury, midscale and economy hotels with the support of our extremely committed team.”

AccorHotels’ portfolio in the Middle East includes over 70 operational hotels with close to 18,000 rooms in 10 countries - Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

In the pipeline, the group currently has 55 properties under development bringing an additional 15,000 rooms to the Middle East.

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