Mercure is a midscale brand of hotels between 3 to 4 star hotels run by its parent company AccorHotels, a French multinational corporation. As of 30 June 2018, Mercure has more than 790 hotels in 63 countries. Paul Dubrule and Gerard Pelisson founded Mercure in 1967; the first Mercure hotel was established in 1973 in France. Mercure Novotel was taken over in 1975 by Société d'Investissement et d'Exploitation the Accor Group. In 1983, Mercure expanded into Germany. In 1993, Accor acquired a stake in the Hungarian Pannonia hotel chain with 24 hotels; the group expanded into Poland and Africa. In 1994, hotels opened in Guyana and Réunion. In 1995, Mercure established themselves in Spain, Egypt and Dubai, opened a hotel in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1996, hotels opened in Berlin, Offenburg, San Sebastián, Israel and Malta. In 1997, hotels opened in Estonia, Madagascar, Egypt and Lebanon. In France, Accor rebranded them; the group expanded the brand into the United Kingdom. In 1998, the ten hotels of the Dutch hotel chain Postiljon were acquired.
In 1999, 148 hotels were integrated into the network, including 42 Libertel hotels, 27 hotels in Germany, 27 in Australia. New hotels were opened in Algeria, Mauritania, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Yemen. In 2014, Mercure hotel was opened in Latvia. On February 19, 2015 the Grand Hotel, Mercure Leicester, held an official re-opening ceremony after the completion of an extensive renovation; the Mercure Abu Dhabi Center Hotel recycles 30 percent of its 1.9 tonnes of waste each month. Built in 1979 and renovated in 1997 the Mercure Abu Dhabi is one of the UAE's oldest hotels. Since implementation of their recycling program the hotel's water bills have plummeted by 25 percent and their electric bills are down by 10 percent. Mercure announced the addition of three hotels to their brand in Recife, Brazil in February 2015. With the expectation of opening by May 2015, the hotels will replace three from the Pontes Hotels & Resorts network; the new hotels will be the Mercure Recife Mar Hotels Conventions, the Grand Mercure Recife Atlante Plaza, the Grand Mercure Summerville Resort.
Grand Mercure is a upscale brand of hotels between 4 to 5 star hotels. Media related to Mercure hotels at Wikimedia Commons Mercure website
Best Western International, Inc. operator of the Best Western Hotels & Resorts brand, operates over 4,100 hotels and motels worldwide. The chain, with its corporate headquarters in Phoenix, operates more than 2,000 hotels in North America; the brand was founded by M. K. Guertin in 1946. David Kong is the president and CEO of Best Western and Dorothy Dowling is the chief marketing officer. In 1964, Canadian hotel owners joined the system. Best Western expanded to Mexico and New Zealand in 1976. In 2002, Best Western International launched Best Western Premier in Asia. In 2011, the chain's branding system-wide changed to a three-tiered system: Best Western, Best Western Plus, Best Western Premier. Best Western began in the years following World War II. At the time, most hotels were either smaller family owned roadside hotels. In California, a network of independent hotel operators began making referrals of each other to travelers; this "referral system" consisted of phone calls between another. This small and informal network grew into the modern Best Western hotel chain founded by M.
K. Guertin in 1946; the name "Best Western" was a result of most of their properties being in the United States west of the Mississippi River. By 1962, Best Western had the only hospitality reservations service covering the entire United States, in 1963, was the largest motel chain in the industry with 699 member properties and 35,201 rooms. From 1946 to 1964, Best Western had a marketing partnership with Quality Courts, the forerunner of the chain known today as Quality Inns, whose properties were located east of the Mississippi River, not in direct competition with Best Western; this partnership made sense geographically, but was not successful in the long run, was abandoned. In 1964, Best Western launched an expansion effort of its own operations east of the Mississippi using the moniker "Best Eastern" for those properties with the same typestyle and Gold Crown logo as "Best Western." By 1967, the "Best Eastern" name was dropped and all motels from coast-to-coast got the "Best Western" name and Gold Crown, a move that would further enhance an successful marketing brand into the "World's Largest Hotel Chain" by the 1970s.
Best Western's "Gold Crown" logo was introduced in 1964 and would continue with a few minor revisions over the next 32 years until it was replaced by a blue and yellow logo in 1996. In 2015, Best Western introduced a new family of logos, replacing the core logo and adding signage for Best Western Plus and Best Western Premier. Best Western purchased WorldHotels in February 2019 adding a further 300 hotels to it's portfolio. Best Western used to call itself a cooperative membership association, as such could be seen as a co-op. Around 1985, it abandoned the "cooperative" terminology after courts insisted on calling it a franchisor despite its nonprofit status; the most dramatic example of this was Quist v. Best Western Int'l, Inc. 354 N. W.2d 656, in which the North Dakota Supreme Court decided that Best Western was a franchisor and had to comply with the appropriate laws and regulations. Best Western GB began in 1978 when Interchange Hotels of the United Kingdom consisting of independent hoteliers from key locations in the UK elected to trade under the brand name Best Western United Kingdom an affiliate of Best Western International in the US.
Now there are over 260 Best Western hotels within Great Britain. In 1981, Homestead Motor Inns of Australia affiliated with Best Western; this move put'International' after the Best Western name. The company has since been known as Best Western International. In early 2007, Best Western Australia took over the rights to operate Best Western properties in New Zealand from the previous company, the Motel Federation of New Zealand; this was a bold but beneficial move for the brand as it made way for better quality properties to be brought into the brand. Best Western Australia has 205 properties in the group; as of 21 May 2013, Best Western International has announced that it will take over management of the Green Hill Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar. The acquisition will give the hotel Best Western's brand name and place presence in Myanmar as Best Western's first hotel establishment in the country. List of hotels List of motels Official website
Raffles Hotels & Resorts
Raffles Hotels & Resorts is a chain of luxury hotels which traces its roots to the 1887 opening of the original Raffles Hotel in Singapore. The company started to develop internationally in the late 1990s, it acquired Swissôtel in 2001; the hotel chain is owned by AccorHotels, which acquired FRHI Hotels & Resorts in 2016. As of November 2017, Raffles Hotels & Resorts operates 11 luxury hotels. Raffles Hotels & Resorts was formed in 1989 to restore and manage the historic Raffles Hotel; the corporation undertook the restructuring and management of the I. M Pei-designed Raffles City development, thus laying the foundation for Raffles Hotels & Resorts to become a hotel management company. After a complete restoration, the Raffles Hotel reopened on 16 September 1991. In 1997, the company opened the restored Grand Hotel d'Angkor in Siem Reap, marking the launch of its luxury resort brand. In April 2001, Raffles Holdings acquired Swissôtel from SAirGroup for 268 million euros, thus increasing its room capacity by 139% to 13,500 units in 17 countries.
In 2005, Colony Capital bought Raffles Holdings for $1 billion from the Singapore government. Raffles and Swissôtel joined Fairmont Hotels in the newly formed holding FRHI Hotels & Resorts in 2006. In June 2005, Raffles Hotels signed with the Wafi Group the construction contract of the Raffles Dubai, Raffles’ first property in the Middle East that opened two years in 2007. In March 2009, Raffles Hotels and Resorts signed an agreement with the King Holding Company to operate Le Royal Monceau in Paris, which reopened in 2010 after 2 years of renovation work. In 2015, AccorHotels announced the acquisition of Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, thus adding Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel to its luxury hotel brands collection. After Indian Hinduja Group and Spanish Obrascón Huarte Lain bought the War Office in London, they decided to transform the administrative building into a hotel and signed a deal with AccorHotels in June 2017 to add it to the Raffles portfolio of luxury hotels.
In 2015, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Singapore Sling, Raffles Hotels & Resorts partnered with London-based microdistillery Sipsmith to create a brand-made gin, the Raffles 1915 Gin. Official website
Novotel is a hotel brand within the AccorHotels group. Novotel opened its first hotel in 1967 in France. There are 496 Novotel hotels worldwide. Notable Novotel hotels include: Novotel Sarajevo Bristol Novotel Century Hong Kong Novotel Citygate Novotel Nathan Road Kowloon Hong Kong Novotel Manila Araneta Center Novotel Saint Petersburg Centre Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay Novotel London Heathrow Novotel Bristol Centre Hotel Official website
Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a chain of luxury hotels headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. It was established in 2001 following the merger of Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts and Fairmont Hotels. Fairmont operates 75 properties in 24 countries, with a strong presence in Canada and the United States; the hotel chain is owned by AccorHotels, which acquired FRHI Hotels & Resorts in 2016. Canadian Pacific Hotels was a division of the Canadian Pacific Railway Hotels department; the division operated a series of hotels along their rail lines as early as 1886. Many of these resort hotels were built and operated by the railway's hotel department, while a few were acquired from Canadian National Hotels, a hotel division of the Canadian National Railway. Over the years, a collection of grand railway hotels was put together throughout Canada, both rural and urban. By the 1980s, CP Hotels' collection included the Chateau Lake Louise, the Banff Springs Hotel, the Château Frontenac, the Empress Hotel, the Palliser Hotel, the Fairmont Royal York, others.
In addition to its properties in Canada, the hotel chain operated a small number of hotels outside Canada, with properties in Germany, Israel and the United States. CPR's rival Grand Trunk Railway and Canadian National Railway copied Van Horne's approach by building hotels such as the Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper and the Château Laurier in Ottawa. CPR purchased Canadian National Hotels, Canadian National Railway's hotel division in 1988, making CP Hotels the nation's largest hotel owner. In the 1990s, CP Hotels began to expand and purchased the Canadian Delta Hotels chain and the international Princess Hotels chain in 1998, which became wholly owned subsidiaries of CP Hotels. In 1999, the CP Hotels purchased the San Francisco-based Fairmont Resorts chain. During the 1890s, James Graham Fair bought the land where the Fairmont San Francisco now stands, the first hotel to bear the Fairmont namesake; the nearly completed structure survived the earthquake of 1906. Although damaged by the subsequent fires, the hotel was renovated under the eye of architect Julia Morgan and opened in 1907.
In 1926, the Penthouse Suite was created with three secret passageways to access it. In 1945, the Fairmont San Francisco was acquired by Benjamin Swig. Beginning in the 1960s, the Swig family developed Fairmont into a small chain of luxury hotels throughout the United States. Operating as Fairmont Hotels Management, the hotel chain acquired, built a number of hotel properties; the chain acquired the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans in 1965 renaming it the Fairmont Roosevelt, Fairmont New Orleans. The Fairmont San Jose was opened by the hotel chain in 1987; the company assumed management of the Plaza Hotel in New York in 1995 and purchased the Copley Plaza Hotel in 1996, renaming it The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. By 1998, the company managed seven properties in the United States. In addition to those properties, the company operated the Colony Square Hotel in Atlanta as Fairmont Colony Square Hotel from its opening in 1974 to 1977, The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia as Fairmont Philadelphia from 1979 to 1980.
In April 1999, Canadian Pacific Hotels, Kingdom Hotels International and Maritz Wolff & Co. bought Fairmont Hotels Management L. P. with Canadian Pacific Hotels holding the majority of the shares. In 2001, Canadian Pacific Limited, the parent company of both Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts, Canadian Pacific Railway, was reorganized. During this reorganization, Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts was renamed to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, borrowing the name of Fairmont Hotels, the company it had purchased in 1999; the newly re-organized Fairmont company shuffled several properties to its Delta Hotels subsidiary, while retaining its other "signature" resorts and hotels from its former CP Hotel and Fairmont properties under the new Fairmont banner. That year in October 2001, Canadian Pacific Limited spun off all of its subsidiary companies into separately traded "independent" companies, including the Canadian Pacific Railway and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. Companies like Fairmont Hotel and Resorts, the Canadian Pacific Railway were split into smaller companies in a 2001 "starburst" move designed to increase the valuations of its individual divisions.
In the early 2000s, Fairmont multiplied its openings in the United States. In 2001, Fairmont introduced the Willow Stream Spa prototype, a $7 million 2-floor 8,000-square-foot spa located inside the Fairmont Empress Hotel; the signature spa brand was implemented in many of Fairmont’s locations. In July 2001, Fairmont Hotels signed a joint-venture with Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for a minority-stake purchase and the management of a luxury 393-room hotel in Dubai; the Fairmont Dubai property was the first Fairmont branded hotels in the Middle East. In 2003, Fairmont introduced Fairmont Heritage Place, a chain of timeshare hotels, with the first opening in Mexico. In 2004, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. paid $70 million to take full control of the management company that runs its properties. In early 2006, a cluster of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was sold for $3.9 billion USD to Colony Capital, LLC. As a result of that purchase, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts was united with Raffles Hotels and Resorts and Swissôtel to form Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, though the four chains still operate under their individual names.
In April 2010, Kingdom Hotels sold 22% of its shares of FRHI to Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment, giving them 40% of FRHI and became the second largest shareholder of the company. The remaining 60% belonged to a private shares holding in Sweden, trusted in AC
Motel 168 is a hotel brand of Home Inn. It used to belong to Shanghai Motel Management Co. Ltd; the company was owned by Shanghai Merrylin Restaurant Management Co. Ltd and Merrylin Hotel Management Co. Ltd; the Shanghai Merrylin company had its headquarters in Shanghai. In 2006 Morgan Stanley purchased 20% of the Motel 168 company for $20 million United States dollars. Morgan Stanley bought shares of Motel 168 two additional times to give it a total ownership of 59%; as of 2008, Motel 168, Home Inn, Jinjiang Inn together controlled 44% of China's budget hotel market. In March 2011 Morgan Stanley indicated its desire to sell the company, so Home Inn, Hanting Hotel Group, Shanghai International Jin Jiang Hotel Group, Accor were among potential bidders which expressed interest in acquiring Motel 168. Home Inn acquired Motel 168 in October 2011. Motel 268 was the economy brand of Motel 168. Jiazhen Huo and Zhisheng Hong, authors of Service Science in China, wrote that 268 was a part of the company's multi-branding strategy.
Motel 168 locations included Merrylin Cafeteria. Motel 168 Motel 168 - English investors' site Motel 168 Motel 168
Ibis is an international hotel company owned by AccorHotels, a hotel holding company. AccorHotels was founded in 1967. Ibis opened its first hotel in 1974; the first Ibis opened in Bordeaux in 1974, within a decade the chain had expanded throughout the regions of France in the cities. Standard facilities are a feature of AccorHotels' economy hotels, excepting budget sub-brands hotelF1 and Ibis Budget, offering a 24-hour reception. Rooms provide a bathroom and shower room, a desk, a double or two single beds, wardrobe space, international and local TV channels; the hotel sometimes includes a restaurant or bar offering breakfast from 4:00am-12:00pm, in some hotels a 24-hour snack menu is offered. The ibis hotels are seen as having an economy emphasis. AccorHotels is endeavoring to change this by advertising all the hotel's achievements, distinctive features and highlighting AccorHotels' satisfaction guarantee; the brand has hotels on six continents, in many countries. As of June 30, 2018 there are 1,152 Ibis hotels worldwide.
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