A key theme for 2016 in the hospitality sector has been consolidation. An article published by Big Hospitality looks at French chain AccorHotel's acquisition of FRHI Hotels & Resorts in 2016, and Accor's plans to expand its Mercure brand in 2017, Accor's purchase of home rental service OneFineStay in April, and Accor's launch of budget brand Jo&Joe in September 2016.