Accor announced that it will enter Bangladesh, the group’s 17th market in Asia-Pacific. Accor will open two properties in the country under management contracts – Novotel Dhaka Gulshan Avenue in the country’s capital and Novotel Chittagong. These developments will add over 350 rooms in Bangladesh’s two largest cities. This announcement comes as Accor celebrates 30 years of operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We see Bangladesh as a tremendous opportunity for expansion, given the country’s growing manufacturing presence in the region,” says Michael Issenberg, chief operating officer, Accor Asia-Pacific, in an announcement. “Dhaka and Chittagong, the country’s two largest cities, have been the driving force behind much of the recent growth and serve as gateways to the country for business travellers. We are committed to offering our customers more choice in consistently high quality accommodation in the region.”
Novotel Dhaka Gulshan Avenue will be located in the diplomatic and business district of Dhaka called Gulshan. The 185-room hotel will serve offer comprehensive conference facilities and include a speciality restaurant, a bar, and The Square, Novotel’s signature all-day dining restaurant offering international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy the leisure services of a swimming pool and gymnasium.
The 170-room Novotel Chittagong will be located in the main business district of Chittagong. On-site, the property will offer three food & beverage options including a speciality restaurant, Sky Bar, and The Square. The property will also house a swimming pool, fitness center, sauna, and spa.
The announcement comes as Accor celebrates 30 years of operation in Asia-Pacific, having opened its first hotel in Singapore in 1982. This year, Accor celebrated its 500th Asia-Pacific hotel and its 100,000th room. By the end of 2012, Accor will operate over 560 hotels in the region, including 19 hotels in India.