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AccorHotels to open 20 hotels in India, boost presence in Southeast Asia

French hospitality group AccorHotels intends to open 20 hotel properties in India over the next three to five years as part of its asset-light strategy, Press Trust of India reported, citing Jean-Michel Casse, the company's COO for India and South Asia.

The company holds roughly 9,500 rooms in 51 hotels across nine brands in India and it also plans to debut new brands in the country, according to the March 17 report.

The new hotels will be opened in Mumbai, Bengaluru, Udaipur, Goa, Jaipur and Shillong, among other cities, with a majority to be operated under the Novotel and Ibis brands and some under the company's luxury brands, Casse told the news agency.

AccorHotels is looking to be 100% asset light, the report added, citing Casse.

Meanwhile, the Nikkei Asian Review reported that the group is planning to beat competition from Marriott International Inc. in Southeast Asia by doubling its 300-hotel network in the region over the next 10 years.

AccorHotels' regional portfolio includes the Pullman Danang Beach Resort in Vietnam's resort city, Danang, the publication reported March 16. The company is also planning to grow its presence in Japan, where it has already opened the Pullman Tokyo Tamachi hotel in 2018 and will open a MGallery by Sofitel hotel in Kyoto in April.

Marriott, on the other hand, is aiming to rival the French group in Southeast Asia by increasing its casual brands and opening more hotels under its W Hotels luxury chain, as well as other five-star accommodations, the newspaper added.