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Accor plans 12 new Vietnam hotels by 2010

Hotel operator Accor on Wednesday said it would expand its Vietnam network from eight hotels and resorts now to at least 20 by the end of 2010 under its Pullman, Mercure and Novotel brands. The new hotels will help Accor 'tap into one of Asia's fastest growing tourism markets,' said its Asia-Pacific chair Michael Issenberg.

Two upscale Pullman hotels, mainly targeting the business and conference market, will be developed in the northern Lao Cai mountain region, one of them in the former French hill station of Sapa, the company said in a statement. Accor also plans a Pullman Vung Tau with 360 rooms in the southern seaside capital of Ba Ria province, an oil industry centre, close to the country's biggest city and main port of HCM City. Paris-based Accor, which also opened a representative office in HCM City this week, said it would develop two mid-scale Mercure hotels in Hanoi, near the main train station and the Temple of Literature by 2010. New Novotel hotels will open in Halong Bay in June and in southern Nha Trang by the end of the year, in central Hoi An next year and in the capital Hanoi and the southern resort island of Phu Quoc by 2010, Accor said.

Vietnam attracted 4.2 million international visitors in 2007 mainly from China, South Korea, Japan and the United States-a year-on-year increase of 17% according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.

Agence France Presse - March 7, 2008.