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September 10, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The Accor Hotel Group, Australia and New Zealand’s largest hotel operator has won eight major accolades at the 2013 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, including Hotel Brand of the Year for Pullman and Accommodation Chain of the Yearfor the third consecutive year. 

Accor's Chief Operating Officer Simon McGrath with HM Award for Hotel Chain of the Year - low resAccor’s Pullman brand, was triumphant winning the major Hotel Brand of the Year accolade following a 12 month rebranding and refurbishment program to become Australia’s largest 5-star hotel brand.

These major awards, presented to Accor Chief Operating Officer Australia & New Zealand, Simon McGrath at Sydney Town Hall on Friday night have cemented Accor’s leadership position in the Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific markets.

In further success for the Pullman brand, Pullman Sydney Olympic Park was crowned the winner in the Upper-upscale Hotel category with general manager Wayne Taranto accepting the award. While Pullman Auckland general manger, Rob McIntyre, proudly took home the gong for New Zealand General Manger of the Year. 

The Australian General Manager of the Year award was won by Accor’s Michael Sheridan, general manager at The Sebel Pier One and Harbour Rocks Hotel, Sydney – a member of Accor’s boutique MGallery Collection.

Showcasing Accor’s strength across the portfolio from luxury, midscale and economy, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa was awarded Fijian Property of the Year, while Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens received the nod for Best Midscale Hotel.


Several Accor staff made it to the stage with Director of Communications, Gaynor Reid taking home top honours as Communications Associate. Five Highly Commended People Awards went to Rhett Constantine, Concierge at Pullman and Mercure Melbourne Albert Park, Daniel Simpson, Hotel Chef at Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, Amber Margrain, Human Resources at Pullman Auckland, Bernadette Hobson, Housekeeper at The Sebel Pier One Sydney and in the Rising Star category Sarah Garner at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Chief Operating Officer Accor Australia and New Zealand, Simon McGrath, said that these awards are testament to the massive expansion of the group over the past 18 months.

We have experienced strong growth for Accor and our brands. It’s been an exciting 12 months for Pullman with a brand major roll out and multimillion dollar refurbishment programs across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, making Pullman Australia’s fastest growing 5-star hotel brand. We’re ecstatic that Pullman has been named Hotel Brand of the Year by HM Magazine which is a fitting tribute for the brand and to our thousands of employees across the region who have worked tirelessly to bring Pullman to the forefront in our industry.”

Accor received a further eight Highly Commended achievements across a variety of categories and ended the night as one of the most triumphant hotel groups at the 2013 HM Awards ceremony.

The 11th annual HM Awards acknowledge, reward and celebrate the enormous achievements which exemplify excellence in performance and service within the hospitality industry across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. For a full list of Award winners see

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