ACCORHOTELS has announced that it will be opening three new properties under its Mercure, Pullman and MGallery by Sofitel brands in Myanmar over the next three years. Mercure Mandalay Hill Resort is expected to begin operations later this year. This will be followed by the Pullman Yangon Centrepoint next year, and another Mandalay property, Mandalay Hill Resort MGallery by Sofitel, in 2020. THE ASCOTT has added about 11,000 units to its portfolio, making the firm one of the largest serviced residence providers in Australasia. The boost comes following the company’s recent acquisition of a further 60 per cent stake in Australasia-based Quest Apartment Hotels for A$180 million (US$136.6 million), of which it already had a 20 per cent stake. This brings the company’s approximately 180 properties in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji under the Ascott umbrella. The acquisition has also given Ascott its first serviced residence in Brisbane, the 100unit Quest Cannon Hill, which is expected to open in 2018. THE LANGHAM LONDON opened its new “modern British tavern”, the Wigmore, on July 20. The drinks list has been created by the luxury hotel’s award-winning Artesian bar, and will include craft beers such as the house “Saison”, a partnership with Bermondsey’s Brew by Numbers, as well as wines, ales, punch, “hoptails” and classic London cocktails. The food menu has been overseen by Michel Roux Jr. The “hearty British fare” on offer will include ox cheek and ale suet crust pie, and paprika-glazed short rib with bone marrow and thyme crust.