by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 02, 2011

 According to published reports, Accor SA, Europe's largest hotel group, plans to open 18 new hotels in the Middle East within the next three years. Eleven properties will be in the United Arab Emirates, two in Bahrain, two in Saudi Arabia and three in Syria. The expansion will give the hotel company a total of 54 properties in the region by 2014.