Thursday, January 12, 2012

Nikko Hotel becomes Pullman under Accor

Global hotel group Accor is set to take over management of Central Jakarta’s iconic five-star Hotel Nikko from next week, the French company said on Thursday.

The management change is prompting a new name for the hotel, which will be rebranded as Hotel Pullman Jakarta.

Accor says the hotel will undergo a major redecoration affecting the shape of the hotel, including its rooms, lobby, restaurants, convention rooms as well as ballrooms.

The hotel is currently under the management of Nikko Hotels International, a hotel chain that is part of Japan Air Lines Group, which currently operates 58 properties in Japan and in resort cities worldwide.

After the management change, which comes into effect on Thursday, Hotel Nikko will be Accor’s third Pullman hotel in the country. It currently has one in Central Park, West Jakarta, and another in Bali.

“The rebranding initiative is a breakthrough for Accor in Indonesia. This reflects our commitment to develop an upscale brand by Accor in Indonesia,” said Gerard Guillouet, vice president for Accor Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Accor operates 4,200 hotels worldwide. Its brand include Motel 6, Ibis, Novotel, All Season, Sofitel and Mercure. It now operates 45 hotels in Indonesia.

Government data shows the average hotel occupancy rate in the country last February was 51 percent.

Guillouet in October told Agence France-Presse that the company plans to have 100 hotels by 2015 in Indonesia as part of the company’s plan to open more than 200 new properties in Asia within the next few years.

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