Accor, the French hotel group was awarded ‘The Best Hotel Management Company of 2008 Selected by Investors’ at the ‘5th Golden Pillow Award of China Hotels’ award ceremony, held recently in Shanghai. At the same time, Robert Murray, Accor’s Senior Vice President — Greater China, was recognized as ‘The Leader of the Hotel Industry of 2008’.
The ‘Golden Pillow Award of China Hotels’ has been hosted yearly by China’s finance and economics media, 21st Century Business Herald since 2004.
The award has a panel of senior industry experts and business people which are combined field investigations by editors and reporters of the newspaper, to gain a comprehensive look at China’s hotel industry.
Robert Murray said, ‘China is welcoming a new era of rapid development in the business travel industry. High-end business customers have demanded more rigorous requirements for both high-end business and luxury hotels. Factors such as the environment, facilities, services and brand expertise are crucial in their consideration when selecting a hotel. The Golden Pillow Award endeavors to providing professional advice while identifying the best choices for business travelers.’
Accor China currently operates 61 hotels (over 17,000 rooms) in 29 cities with approximately 80 projects under development. All Accor hotels in China are in major metropolitan areas, gateway cities, popular resort destinations and are developing fast into tier two and tier three cities under six different brands. These are Sofitel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and Ibis, covering a full range of markets from luxury to economy. Our illustration shows General Manager Mr. James McStay Ong receiving the “Golden Pillow Award”.
Source: Travel Daily News