Industry Update
Press Release27 January 2016

AccorHotels and Huazhu finalize their strategic alliance

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AccorHotels (CAC 40 – AC.FR) and Huazhu Hotels Group (also known as China Lodging Group – Nasdaq: HTHT) are pleased to have sealed their extensive, long-term alliance, initially announced to the market on 14th December 2014. Under the arrangement, AccorHotels takes a 10,8% stake in Huazhu and a seat at the Chinese group's board of directors.

This unprecedented partnership creates a hospitality giant in China whose strength lies in a newly formed joint distribution system and the combination of two ambitious loyalty programs which together boast over 75 million members worldwide. This strategic alliance will also enable the Group to accelerate the development of Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure, ibis and ibis Styles brands in China, Taiwan and Mongolia, with 350 to 400 hotels due to open over the next five years.

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About Accor

Accor is a world leading hospitality group consisting of more than 5,000 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group has one of the industry's most diverse and fully-integrated hospitality ecosystems encompassing luxury and premium brands, midscale and economy offerings, unique lifestyle concepts, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more. Accor also boasts an unrivalled portfolio of distinctive brands and approximately 300,000 team members worldwide. Over 65 million members benefit from the company's comprehensive loyalty program ALL - Accor Live Limitless - a daily lifestyle companion that provides access to a wide variety of rewards, services and experiences. Through its Planet 21 - Acting Here, Accor Solidarity, RiiSE and ALL Heartist Fund initiatives, the group is focused on driving positive action through business ethics, responsible tourism, environmental sustainability, community engagement, diversity and inclusivity. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States. For more information visit group.accor.com or follow Accor on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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