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AccorHotels is major Mardi Gras partner for 2018

November 14, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras turns 40 next year and AccorHotels will be the event’s major partner and its official and exclusive accommodation partner.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is Australia’s largest celebration of LGBTIQ culture and communities and AccorHotels will have a strong presence throughout the festival, with employees marching in the Parade and participating in Fair Day.

Coincidentally, AccorHotels’ announcement comes as the Australian Bureau of Statistics prepares to release the results of Australia’s AUD 122 million same-sex marriage survey, with 12.6 million Australians having voted in the poll. The ABS will announce the result at 10am tomorrow, Wednesday, 15 November 2017.

Next year, Mardi Gras Festival talent will be staying at AccorHotels around Sydney and all of the group’s Sydney hotels will have colourful lobby activations and external signage displays throughout the festival, which runs from 16 February to 4 March 2018.


The AccorHotels team flies the rainbow flag as major partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Season 2018


Simon McGrath, chief operating officer of AccorHotels Pacific, called the hotel group’s decision “a momentous occasion for the group”.

“We are incredibly proud to be partnering with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and see it as a wonderful way to celebrate diversity and celebrate our employees.

“As Australia’s largest hotel group, we are proud to take a leadership role in championing diversity. Just like our 10,000 employees across Australia, our guests come from all walks of life and it is our number one priority to ensure that our hotels make every person feel welcome, safe, valued and above all, equal.

“We are committed to building a deep culture of understanding and respect for all people regardless of culture, ethnicity, age or sexual orientation. Our association with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is just one of many partnerships AccorHotels champions and we look forward to using this occasion to celebrate diversity.”

Mardi Gras chief executive, Terese Casu, said, “We’re very pleased to have AccorHotels join us in celebrating 40 years of Mardi Gras fabulousness. They have a wonderful history of striving for diversity and inclusiveness and we look forward to working with them on creating an incredible 2018 Festival.”

AccorHotels notes that inclusion and diversity are its key drivers and the group has been a proud supporter of a number of key LGBTIQ events and initiatives, including, Pride Marches, Pride Games, supporting marriage equality and celebrating Inclusion & Diversity Week. AccorHotels was also recently announced as a finalist in the LGBTI Awards 2018.

Edited by Peter Needham

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