Accor celebrates 30 years in Pacific region, 30 more hotels to open

Accor is celebrating its 30th anniversary in the Pacific region with 30 new hotel openings expected over the next few years.

Back in 1991 the major hotel business unveiled the Novotel Sydney location at Darling Harbour. Accor has since grown to be the largest hotel operator in the Pacific region with almost 400 hotels, resorts and apartments and the portfolio of 18 brands now stretches across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia.

Despite Covid, this year has seen growth and investment across the Pacific with the launch of the Mövenpick brand in Australia in January, two new properties in The Sebel chain in Melbourne and Wellington, and three new BreakFree resorts in key regional markets.

A further four brands will have launched in the Australian market by 2023: Mondrian, 25hours, SO/ and Fairmont.

Before the second quarter of 2022 new hotels set to open include the  Sofitel Adelaide; the Mövenpick Hotel Melbourne on Spencer – official opening; the Mercure Melbourne Doncaster; The Porter House Hotel Sydney – MGallery; a new, as yet unnamed, hotel at 412 Pitt Street, Haymarket; and in New Zealand The Sebel Wellington Lower Hutt.

And in the first venture of its kind between a hospitality group and an airline in the Asia Pacific region, Accor and Qantas have joined forces to launch in the next few months greater rewards for loyalty customers of both programs.

Behind the scenes Accor has supported team members and partners through the health and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic of the past 18 months by providing more than $4.7 million in grants across the Pacific region through its ALL Heartist Fund.

The Accor Indigenous Programs have been a talent initiative playing designed to bring Indigenous Australians into customer facing roles to connect with people, history and culture as part of the Accor employment and guest experience.

Throughout the past 12 months, Accor has maintained its commitment to empowering Indigenous success by sharpening its focus on recruitment, retention and cultural education to maintain strength in its program and Indigenous workforce and Accor is committed to continuing this in the years ahead.