Australia’s largest hotel group, Accor, announced it has renewed its agreement with the National Rugby League to be its official hotel partner for another three years, solidifying Accor’s position as the preferred host for elite sporting teams.
Suzanne Young, NRL Chief Operating Officer with Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer Accor Pacific
Under the agreement, the Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) and NRL executives, as well as all 16 NRL clubs will be accommodated at Accor hotels across Australia and New Zealand. In addition, Accor will hold the status of preferred hotel accommodation provider for supporters of the NRL and any other associated events.
Simon McGrath, Accor Pacific Chief Operating Officer said, “Since Accor signed on as the official hotel partner of the NRL in 2013, the partnership has gone from strength to strength and we are pleased to be extending our association with the NRL for another three years. Our hotels across Australia are committed to assisting teams reach their potential on the field by meeting a high set of in-house hosting standards and it is pleasing to see these efforts acknowledged.
“Accor has been impressed by the development and growth of the NRL under the leadership of David Smith and Suzanne Young and we’re proud to renew this partnership until 2018. We are very selective in the organisations we team with and the NRL certainly shares our commitment and drive for excellence on and off the field. We look forward to another successful three years working with the ARLC, the NRL and all 16 clubs”.
Accor operates over 200 hotels across Australia, including many strategic hotels close to the stadiums which host NRL games, such as Sydney Olympic Park, where Accor operates three hotels. Accor’s hotel brands cover the full spectrum from Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery and Sebel hotels, through to Novotel, Mercure and ibis hotels.