by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | July 07, 2015
Paris-based AccorHotels has entered into an exclusive partnership with AAA Activos LDA, an Angolan oil, insurance and investment company, to bring 50 hotels in Africa into AccorHotel's fold, totaling 6,300 rooms. Six of the properties will open this year, another 22 will open in 2016, and the remainder will open in 2017. All of the hotels will be in Angola.

Twenty-seven of the properties will be under AccorHotels' economy brand, Ibis Styles; 22 will be branded under the midscale Mercure brand, and one will be a luxury Sofitel.

In making the announcement, Sebastien Bazin, chairman and CEO of AccorHotels, said, "This historical and unheard-of establishment of a hospitality group in Angola, which was made possible through our partnership with AAA Activos LDA, testifies to AccorHotels' ambition in Africa, where tourism is rapidly evolving."

Bazin pointed out that the 50 new hotels would create 3,000 jobs; AccorHotels plans to hire and train locals to work in the properties. AccorHotels, which currently has hotels in 18 African countries, also said it plans to open another 30 properties in the region by 2020.