Accor stalls Syria and Bahrain hotels amid unrest
April 16th, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: European operator Accor has stalled its three upcoming Syria hotels as well as one property in Bahrain amid political unrest in the countries.
The group was scheduled to open its 304-room Ibis Manama Seef hotel in Bahrain this year. In Syria, the 135-room Novotel Lattakia Marsa Shams Resort was due to open in 2013, followed by the 129-key Ibis Aleppo Taj Halab and the 150-room Novotel Aleppo Taj Halab.
Works have been postponed on all four properties, Accor confirmed.
“As soon as the situation in Bahrain and Syria stabilises, the hotels will be resumed,” a spokesperson told Hotelier Middle East.
Other hotel operators have also been forced to delay hotel developments in Syria.
Earlier this month, Rotana COO Omer Kaddouri said the firm had suspended construction of three hotels in the country as violence and political unrest worsened.
“Syria remains completely out of our hands in terms of how things go there. It’s all on hold until further notice, and we’ve got to see the situation stabilise before any projections can be made,” Kaddouri said.