19 January 2017 – Cinco Días
The hotel chain Meliá plans to open at least 23 hotels this year as part of its expansion plans. Six will be opened in the Asia-Pacific region, with inaugurations planned in Vietnam, China and Indonesia.
The Vice-President and CEO of the group, Gabriel Escarrer, said that the company will continue the pace of signings and new openings this year, after several years during which it has opened between 20 and 30 hotels a year, which represents one new property every two or three weeks.
Six new hotels will be opened in Latin America and the Caribbean. They will include the Gran Meliá Nacional Río de Janeiro, which is looking to revolutionise the luxury hotel market in the Brazilian city and which will be open soon. In Europe, Meliá will also open another five hotels, three in Spain, whereby strengthening its commitment to major cities and urban destinations that are oriented towards leisure.
The group is also planning to open three hotels in the Middle East: one in Doha, one in the Maldives and the ME Dubai, which will open in December and which was designed by the architect Zaha Hadid. Meanwhile, in Africa, it will open another three establishments, in its first foray into the holiday segment, in Morocco, Cape Verde and Tanzania.
The company has also announced the signing of two new hotels, which will open in 2019. The first will represent Meliá’s debut in The Netherlands, with a 328-room property in Amsterdam. The second will be located in Terminal 3 of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport and is the result of the hotel chain’s agreement with the French group ADP, which manages the airports in the French capital.
Original story: Cinco Días (by Laura Salces Acebes)
Translation: Carmel Drake