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November 29, 2018 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Accor Vacation Club, one of the region’s leading holiday lifestyle programs, has launched a new event series at its properties in celebration of ‘everyday heroes’ who work and volunteer in their local communities.

The Accor Vacation Club #WelcomeHeroes event series is an extension of AccorHotels successful global 50th anniversary event which took place in November 2017 and saw more than 2,000 hotel establishments around the world invite local volunteers in to give thanks.

“We had such a wonderful response to the community events we hosted last year that we decided to make this an annual tradition at Accor Vacation Club’s managed properties across Australia and New Zealand,” explained Accor Vacation Club’s CEO, Craig Wood.

“The selfless contribution that volunteers and other partners who serve our community make should be applauded. Each year we intend to select a worthwhile cause in the destinations Accor Vacation Club operates in, and host a dedicated event for those local heroes, to show our appreciation for all that they do.”

Accor Vacation Club’s General Manager of Operations, Phil Reid (who is based at The Sebel Manly Beach in Sydney), elaborated to say, “The act of sharing a moment in our hotels to say thanks – be it around breakfast, a barbecue or welcome reception – is a simple yet worthwhile way for our staff and Club Members to pause and show their gratitude. It also provides local ambassadors with an opportunity to come in and enjoy our hospitality, without necessarily having to stay.”

The Sebel Manly Beach, managed by Accor Vacation Club, was selected to host the inaugural series event, and chose to celebrate its partnership with one of Australia’s oldest and most respected charities, Royal Far West.

Mr Reid said, “At Accor Vacation Club, we love opening our doors to those local heroes who make a positive impact on the lives of people in our neighborhoods. That’s why we are so honoured for the chance to support

Royal Far West, a wonderful Manly-based non-government organisation that has been providing integrated health, education and disability services to over 3000 children living in rural and remote New South Wales since 1924.”

Supporters, including former professional rugby league player and Northern Beaches local, Ryan Girdler, who attended the event with his family, enjoyed a “What I love about Manly” themed arts created by the kids assisted by Royal Far West, raffles, a cocktail BBQ and entertainment, organised by the beachfront hotel.

Mr Reid added, “To further cement our commitment, Accor Vacation Club and The Sebel Manly Beach used the event to announce that we will work in unison with Royal Far West to raise much needed funds to extend the organisation’s reach further into rural communities.”

Many other Accor Vacation Club managed properties are also participating in the series throughout November and December 2018, including:

–       The Sebel Busselton in Western Australia, who have hosted a weekend barbecue lunch event for more than 70 local Red Frog volunteers helping look after School Leavers as part of the nation’s ‘schoolies’ celebration.

–       Grand Mercure Puka Park on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand will be hosting a complimentary barbecue for all volunteers at Pauanui St John’s.

–       The Sebel Palm Cove in North Queensland will encourage local Palm Cove police and fire departments to let their hair down with a tropical themed pool party and sausage sizzle event.

–       The Sebel Pinnacle Valley in the Victorian High country will host a barbecue to thank the area’s Country Fire Authority (CFA) ad local emergency services, ahead of the busy summer fire season.

 A member of the AccorHotels group, the world’s leading hotel operator, Accor Vacation Club remains one of the leading holiday lifestyle programs in the region, offering fantastic accommodation and travel options for its members in a wide variety of holiday destinations, including a portfolio of 24 managed hotels and resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

As part of the broader AccorHotels group, Accor Vacation Club is committed to redefining boundaries through its positive hospitality and AccroHotels’ Planet 21 CSR initiatives. Planet 21 goals for 2020 are based around four strategic priorities: working with its employees, involving its customers, innovation with its partners and work with local communities.

Accor Vacation Club’s #WelcomeHeroes event series pays homage to one of AccorHotels’ fundamental pillars to ensure that hotels work hand-in-hand with local communities for a positive impact.

One of the key focal points of that program is “Respect for our Host Communities” by caring, protecting and creating sustainability in those communities. In essence “We don’t stop caring at the hotel front door”. For more, visit

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