Monterrey to open two Accor hotels

MONTERREY -- This city contains about 8,500 hotel rooms and an airport that is being upgraded to accommodate an expected increase in traffic.

On the hotel front, Presidente Inter-Continental took over management of the former Fiesta Americana Monterrey Valle.

The 305-room hotel is now called the Presidente Inter-Continental Monterrey.

Another new name in the area is the 231-room Fiesta Inn Monterrey Centro, the fourth Fiesta Inn to open in Monterrey.

The property, which opened in April 2000, features a business center and six meeting rooms.

More new brands are in the works for Monterrey. The France-based Accor group is planning to open two new properties this year under its Novotel and Ibis brands.

The 238-room Novotel Monterrey Valle and 105-room Ibis Monterrey Valle are both slated to open in October.

Other prop- erties in Monterrey include the 403-room Crowne Plaza Monterrey; the 255-room Sheraton Ambassador Hotel & Towers; the 246-room Holiday Inn Parque Fundidora, which is connected to Cintermax, the city's largest meetings and exhibition center; the 233-room Radisson Gran Plaza Ancira, and the 91-room Casa Inn.

Meanwhile, the city's Mariano Escobedo airport is being expanded to accommodate more flights.

The facility is being renovated to provide improved arrivals and check-in areas, with the renovation scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The airport also has seen increased air service from the U.S., most recently a new nonstop flight from New York's Kennedy Airport. The flight is operated by Aero-mexico.

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