Accor has opened its 14th Pullman hotel in China, making the country the upscale hotel brand’s largest market.
The new Pullman Anshan Time Square, in northeast China’s Liaoning province, marks a key phase in the brand’s Chinese expansion plan. It now has 14 hotels in that country, putting it ahead of France as the country with the most Pullmans. A further 26 are expected to open in China by 2015.
“We’re delighted to introduce the Pullman brand to Anshan,” said Paul Richardson, Chief Operating Officer of Accor Greater China. “The opening of Pullman Anshan Time Square, the second Accor hotel in the city, is further strengthening Accor’s overall expansion strategy and opening up opportunities in first to third tier cities around the country.”
Located in the Lishan district of Anshan, which is dubbed China’s “iron and steel capital”, Pullman Anshan Time Square is an upscale business hotel featuring 331 rooms, all with 42-inch LCD TVs and complimentary high-speed internet access.
The hotel also features four F&B outlets, including Anshan’s first French restaurant, as well as a fitness centre, an indoor spring water heated pool, yoga rooms and a games room with table tennis and billiards.
Like all Pullman hotels it will cater mainly for corporate travellers, and includes the ‘Pullman Connectivity Lounge’ business centre, which is designed in tandem with Microsoft, as well as more than 900m² of conference and banqueting space and dedicated meeting and event teams.
Accor now operates 67 Pullman hotels around the world, but is aiming to expand this to 150 in the next few years with Asia a major focus for development.