Mövenpick massive expansion underway

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has unveiled a massive expansion plan to add 27 properties across four continents to its portfolio over the next three years. This year, up to 15 Mövenpick properties are scheduled to open in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Among the new builds of 2007 is the 226-room four-star-plus Mövenpick Hotel Hamburg, which is being built inside an historic water tower and due to open in June. A 1,099-room, five-star hotel is scheduled to open in Makkah, Saudi Arabia at the end of the year. Additional four to five-star, Mövenpick hotels are due to open this year elsewhere in Saudi Arabia, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Palestine and Kuwait. Several more properties are scheduled to open in Dubai between the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. Mövenpick is also taking over properties this year in Turkey and Tanzania. Next year will see properties open in India, Ghana, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Ajman, Crete, Turkey and Germany, while 2009 will see the opening of five-star properties in Israel and Dubai. The chain aims to extend its portfolio to at least 100 hotels by 2010. Mövenpick president and chief executive Jean Gabriel Pérès said its target for the next three to five years was to double the chain’s capacity, focusing on Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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