Date: October 2018
Location: Sibiu Airport, Romania
Name: Mercure Sibiu Airport – opening Q1 2019
No. of Keys: 127
Seller: The new Mercure was formerly the Ana Airport Hotel
Owner/Developer: Orbis Hotel Group, strategic partner of AccorHotels, with its local partner and investor, Pritax Invest, a privately held company with two other hotels which are the Golden Tulip Ana Tower, which opened in 2008, and the Golden Tulip Ana Dome in Cluj-Napoca, which opened in 2009.
The new Mercure will expand Orbis’ portfolio in Eastern Europe to include 127 hotels. It will also be part of the group’s plans to extend its presence within Romania.
Orbis signed a new Ibis Styles in Otopeni, Romania—north of the capital of Bucharest—with partner and investor Liwa Properties on Aug. 8. The 85-room hotel will at Henri Coandă International Airport is slated to open in the first half of 2019.
Orbis’ pipeline in Romania also includes a new Ibis hotel in Timisoara opening in the fourth quarter of 2020. The group signed a 15-year management contract with Romania-based Hotel Development to develop the new-build 200-room property.
There are 11 AccorHotels-branded properties in Romania operating under the Novotel, Mercure, Ibis, Ibis Styles and Pullman brands. The most recent opening was the 80-room Ibis Styles Bucharest Erbas in July.
Orbis also acquired the 100-room Mercure Bucharest Unirii in early July. The group has operated the hotel since 2017, which is undergoing renovations.
Mercure hotels are now in over 61 countries with 770 properties.
THPT Comment: Orbis have done fab with it’s partnership with Accor, dating back to 2000, whereby in 2008 Accor moved it’s minority stake upto 50.01%.
First Seen: Europa Property