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AccorHotels farewell and thank Central Australian tourism industry leader

January 17, 2019 Business News No Comments Email Email

AccorHotels farewell and recognise prominent Central Australian tourism industry leader, Jeff Huyben, and announce that on February 1, Jeff will hand the baton to Emma Todd who has been appointed as the new general manager at Mercure Alice Springs Resort.

With an impressive 13-year tenure at the resort, Jeff has been instrumental in the rebranding and redevelopment of the 139-room resort when it first joined the AccorHotels network in 2017. Jeff’s outstanding service to the community has been recognised as Tourism Central Australia’s Industry Achiever in 2015; he is currently Commissioner on the Board of Commissioners at Tourism Northern Territory, has served as Chair of Tourism Central Australia and is a former board member of the Australian Regional Tourism Board.

Commencing on January 21, Emma Todd will join Mercure Alice Springs Resort with over 20-years’ experience in hotels and resorts. With her family in tow, Emma has called the Northern Territory home for the past 18 months as general manager at the Quest Palmerston. Emma brings with her a wealth of knowledge into the regional Australian hospitality and accommodation sector.


Danesh Bamji, General Manager Franchise AccorHotels Australia says Mercure Alice Springs Resort plays an important role in the Alice Springs community for both visitors and locals as a place to meet, conduct business and celebrate and the change in leadership represents a new chapter for the resort.

“Jeff led the team through a significant rebrand and redevelopment of the resort in 2017 and his passion and commitment will leave a lasting legacy for the local tourism industry and the community. We’d like to take this opportunity to welcome Emma Todd to the helm and are confident she will add her own mark on the Alice Springs Community.

“On behalf of AccorHotels, we’d like to thank Jeff Huyben for his service and his passion for engaging and giving back to the local Indigenous community, he will be missed and wish him every success in the future,” concluded Danesh.

Randle Walker, Chief Executive Officer Centrecorp (hotel owner) said “We’d like to thank Jeff Huyben for his leadership and dedication to not only driving the performance of this resort whilst recently overseeing a multi-million dollar refurbishment and rebranding, but for sharing in our passion for engaging the local Indigenous community.

“We are confident Emma’s experience and insights into the regional Australian hospitality and accommodation sector will serve Mercure Alice Springs Resort well and we look forward to seeing what Emma adds to the team.”

Mercure Alice Springs Resort is located five minutes’ walk to Alice Springs town centre. The hotel’s facilities include Barra on Todd restaurant and bar, a swimming pool, a gym and three function rooms. Free Wi-Fi is available to guests resort-wide.

Emma Todd

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