Wed, 13 July 2016

AccorHotels Acquires FRHI Hotels & Resorts

AccorHotels Group acquired FRHI Hotels & Resorts (FRHI) and its three hotel brands: Fairmont, Raffles and Swisstel.

The deal means that some of the worlds most iconic and historic hotels located in key strategic cities around the world are now part of Accor, including: The Savoy in London, Raffles Singapore, Fairmont San Francisco, New Yorks The Plaza, Fairmont Le Chteau Frontenac in Quebec City, and Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris.

The vast majority of Fairmont, Raffles and Swisstels 154 hotels and resorts (of which 40 are under development) and 56,000 rooms spanning 34 countries and five continents are operated under long-term management contracts, with an average term of nearly 30 years; six hotels are leased and one hotel is owned. The Fairmont, Raffles and Swisstel brands employ more than 45,000 colleagues worldwide.

The transaction with Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) of Saudi Arabia provided $840 million (768 million) cash payment and the issuance of 46.7 million AccorHotels shares in consideration for the contributed FRHI shares.

The transaction gives QIA and KHC respective stakes of 10.4% and 5.8% in Accors share capital. Ali Bouzarif and Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo from QIA and Sarmad Zok from KHC will now join AccorHotels Board of Directors.

AccorHotels plans to generate approximately 65 million in revenue and cost synergies thanks to the combination of brands, the maximization of hotel earnings, the increased efficiency of marketing, sales and distribution channel initiatives, and the optimization of support costs. Significant enhancements will also be made in terms of customer data, thanks to the integration of FRHIs customer base that includes three million loyalty members, of which 75% are in North America.

The acquisition of these three emblematic luxury hotel brands is a historical milestone for AccorHotels. It will open up amazing growth prospects, lift our international presence to unprecedented heights, and build value over the long term, said Sbastien Bazin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AccorHotels.

Chris Cahill Appointed as Groups CEO Luxury Brands

In support of the acquisition, and as part of AccorHotels larger strategy to strengthen its luxury and upscale business, the company has appointed Chris Cahill as the Groups Chief Executive Officer, Luxury Brands.

In this newly created role, Chris, who will also become a member of AccorHotels Executive Committee, will lead the FRHI integration process and be responsible for the strategy and global operations of AccorHotels Luxury Brands.

This new structure will include Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel Legend, So Sofitel, Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman and Swisstel.

Chris is an experienced hotelier who has led several successful integrations, is familiar with multi-brand management and brings an extensive background in luxury operations, sales and marketing.

With more than 30 years of hospitality industry experience, including 19 years working with FRHI and its predecessor companies, Chris is ideally positioned to lead the integration of the Fairmont, Raffles and Swisstel brands into the AccorHotels portfolio. He most recently served as Executive Vice President Global Operations at Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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