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AccorHotels raises THB 1.2 million (USD 38,095) through Amazing Bike Ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh

June 14, 2018 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

On 5th of June 2018, Mr. Gilles Cretallaz, Vice President of Operations, Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives together with the General Managers of AccorHotels based in Siem Reap visited École d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme Paul Dubrule (École Paul Dubrule), a nonprofit organization and vocational hospitality institution in Siem Reap, to hand the THB 1 million (USD 31,746) donation to Mrs. Helga Nagy, Director of the École Paul Dubrule. Founded in 2002 by AccorHotels’ co-founder Paul Dubrule, École Paul Dubrule offers disadvantaged Cambodian youths an opportunity to develop their careers in the hospitality and tourism industry.

AccorHotels has raised THB 1.2 million (USD 38,095) through the Amazing Bike Ride 2017 in contributions to five non-profit organizations in Cambodia. THB 1 million (USD 31,746) was donated to École Paul Dubrule and the remaining THB 200,000 (USD 6,349) raised from the race were donated to Cambodia’s Children’s Trust, This Life Cambodia, Friends International and Sustainable Cambodia.

Held from 24 to 26 November 2017, 75 team members from AccorHotels cycled through a 400-kilometer journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, The Amazing Bike Ride is an AccorHotels’ initiative to give back to local communities, in line with one of the four main pillars under PLANET 21, a group-wide commitment to bring together employees, guests and partners to drive sustainable growth.

As part of the group’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative, out of 75 cyclists that joined the Amazing Bike Ride, there were 33 women and 42 men representing 16 nationalities and ranging from 23 to 62 years of age. During the bike journey, the team also met with grassroots of various non-profit organizations to learn how they their positive contributions made a difference in their communities.

“I am honored to have shared this journey with our team members across different units, cultural and social backgrounds. The experience gave everyone an opportunity to realize their full potential by getting out of their comfort zones and served as a reminder that regardless of age, religion, gender or cultural background – teamwork allows us to reach our goals together,” said Patrick Basset, AccorHotels’ Chief Operating Officer for Upper Southeast & Northeast Asia and the Maldives who also took part in the three-day bike ride.

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