Accor is positioning Pullman as an upscale hotel somewhere between the first-class hotel Sofitel and Novotel. The group aims to re-imagine the concept of business accommodation to make Pullman a dedicated place for living and corporate conferences.
In the Asia Pacific region, the Pullman brand will expand rapidly this year, with extensive openings in China. Further extensive development is planned throughout the region over the coming years, with an estimate of about 40 hotels in operation by 2010.
Gilles Pelisson, the chief executive officer of Accor said next year the Pullman network would comprise 45 hotels already operating in 23 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America. By 2015, the company will have 250 Pullman hotels around the world.
Pullman will provide every client with a personal manager to take care of any problems around the clock.
Perhaps they should all be called George. The original Pullman company in the United States ran railroad sleeping cars operated on most U.S. railroads by the Pullman Company (founded by George Pullman) from 1867 to 1968.
The company hired African Americans for the position of porter. While still a menial job in many respects, it offered better pay and security than most jobs open to African Americans at the time and was a well regarded job in the African-American community.
All of the Pullman attendants, regardless of their true name, were referred to as ‘George’ by the travelers.