Where will AccorHotels expand in Indonesia next year?

Just after AccorHotels announced its plans to acquire FRHI Holdings, the Jakarta Post is reporting that the European hotel company is looking to open 17 more hotels across Indonesia next year. This expansion is part of the company's long-term program to build at least 200 hotels by 2020.

The chain planned to open one Pullman hotel in Ciawi, West Java; a Novotel in Pekanbaru, Riau; as well as an Ibis Styles hotel in Makassar, South Sulawesi next year, according to AccorHotels Malaysia-Indonesia vice president development Rio Kondo. 

Indonesia may even get more hotels than planned. In Jakarta alone, AccorHotels is developing 19 new hotels to add to its existing 27 hotels in the capital. Within the next five to 10 years, Kondo noted, AccorHotels might operate as many as 100 hotels in the city. 

The company is also looking to expand in the eastern part of Indonesia, where it recently opened its 100th hotel in Makassar, and where it broke ground on a Pullman hotel in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara this week. “We have three hotels in Manado right now. Palu is a good location. We want to explore. We think there’s an opportunity in Papua,” AccorHotels COO for Malaysia-Indonesia-Singapore Garth Simmons said, adding that despite infrastructure challenges in the Indonesian archipelago, areas like Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, and Makassar show promise for development. The company reportedly plans to open at least two more hotels in Makassar next year, the story notes.