AccorHotels will begin construction this year on its forth hotel in Cuba, the Sofitel So La Habana.
Eric Peyre, AccorHotel’s Cuba head, says the company’s expansion plans are in anticipation of a wave of American tourists. The French hotel company will partner with Cuban tourism group Gaviota to open the 218-room hotel in Havana in 2018. Previously, AccorHotels has partnered with Gran Caribe.
The company presently operates a 518-room property, Pullman Cayo Coco, located on Las Colorados beach in Ciego De Avila. In Old Havana, AccorHotels operates the 178-room Mercure Sevilla Havana. And in Veradero, the company manages the 385-room Mercure Playa de Oro.
AccorHotels has been aggressively expanding globally in recent months. Last month, the company announced the acquisition of FRHI Holdings Ltd, parent of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel chains. The acquisition will will raise the US profile of Europe’s largest hotel group and add to its inventory of luxury portfolio.