Accor to boost its hotel footprint in region with ibis Leeds and Mercure Derby openings

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Hotel operator Accor is set to expand its presence in Yorkshire and the Midlands after adding two hotels to its group.

The group, which is the world’s biggest hotel operator, is set to open ibis Styles Leeds in 2016. It will also launch Mercure Derby at the end of this year. The openings will see Accor add a total of 234 rooms to its portfolio in the next 12 months.

ibis Styles Leeds is a 134-room new build hotel based in the city’s Merrion Centre, operated under franchise with the shopping centre’s developers Town Centre Securities.

The ibis brand launched in 1974 and has since grown to include ibis Styles and ibis budget brands.

In the UK, the brands are part of a network of 92 hotels with 12,585 rooms. Globally, the brands have a total of 1,738 hotels and 191,725 rooms.

ibis Styles hotels are “known for having their have their own personality and each hotel tells its own unique story through its design”, the group said.

The Mercure Derby will also be run as a franchise by owners London Town Hotels Group. This will be Accor and London Town Group’s fifth Mercure hotel after successful partnerships in Nottingham and four locations in London.

The newly refurbished 100 room hotel at the Derbyshire County Cricket Ground joins a network of 74 Mercure hotels in the UK and 711 Mercure hotels worldwide.

Thomas Dubaere, managing director Accor UK and Ireland said the signings “prove the attractiveness of our brands to franchise partners”.

“Our ambitious expansion plans demonstrate our commitment to strengthening the portfolio across our budget and midscale brand segments,” he added.