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Article from BTNews 29 OCTOBER 2012

Accor UK expansion

Four British hotels are set to open their doors as part of the Mercure portfolio before Christmas, further expanding the growing Mercure hotel collection and increasing the brand’s footprint to 75 hotels in the UK.
 
Located in London, Scotland, Milton Keynes and Darlington, the latest franchise agreements will add 394 rooms to the Mercure network.

Commenting on the expansion, Jonathan Sheard, Managing Director of Operations, MGallery and Mercure Hotels UK and Ireland, said: “We’re committed to significantly growing our Mercure hotel portfolio by 2015 and this will largely be driven through our growing franchise development in the UK.  We are delighted to welcome these four new hotel partners, all of which are a natural fit for the Mercure brand.
 
First to open is the Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel, which launched last week, followed closely by the Mercure London Greenwich Hotel and the Mercure Eddleston Barony Castle Hotel and Spa in Peebles, south of Edinburgh.  The Mercure Milton Keynes Abbey Hill will launch in January 2013 one of the first purpose built hotels in Milton Keynes.  It is undergoing a full transformation prior to its re-opening.  Once complete, the city-centre hotel will boast 88 bedrooms, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and newly designed and furnished public spaces.
 
Mercure is the second largest mid-scale hotel worldwide – outside North America – with a network of 724 hotels in 51 countries. www.accor.com

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