AccorHotels has expanded its Grand Mercure brand
to the beautiful country of Myanmar, formerly Burma, with the opening of its first
property in Yangon.
According to the United Nations World
Tourism Organisation, Myanmar welcomed just 21,000 international
arrivals in 1990, that rose to 120,000 in 1995, 660,000 in 2005
and 790,000 in 2010. Last year, Myanmar welcomed 3.44 million
visitors up from 2.9 million in 2016 which saw an 18% increase.
“This is our first Grand Mercure in
Myanmar,” said Patrick Basset,
Chief Operating officer of AccorHotels, Upper Southeast and
Northeast Asia and the Maldives. “As Myanmar develops as a
popular destination for tourists, business and corporate visitors,
we expect to see significant development within the years to come.
Renowned for its lush tropical trees, beautiful lakes and one of
the ancient wonders of the world, Yangon is definitely poised to
lead further growth in the country.”
Overlooking the famed Schwedagon Pagoda, Grand Mercure Yangon
Golden Empire boasts 175 guest rooms and suites designed by local
artist Pyar Dade.
Featuring detailed hand-painted ceilings
inspired by colourful sapphire, emerald, gold and ruby gemstones,
the rooms range from 30 sqm for superior rooms, to a 340 sqm two-bedroom suite.
The hotel features three F&B outlets, a well-equipped wellness area complete with an outdoor swimming
pool, children’s pool, and a fitness centre. There
is also a spa complete with open-air jacuzzi, sauna and steam bath,
while a nearby golf course completes the suite of leisure
For meetings, private parties and weddings,
the hotel boasts two ballrooms that can host up
to 400 guests with a large pre-event function area and seven
meeting rooms that feature natural daylight overlooking the
“We look forward to welcoming
business and leisure travellers to this urban garden, where our
staff aims to bring captivating stories of the destination to
life,” said Vinoth Kumar, General Manager of Grand Mercure Yangon