Accor Hotels celebrated National Reconciliation Week (NRW) from May 27 to June 3 at its hotels across Australia.

In its fifth year, hotels and their employees around Australia were ‘Changing it Up’ (the theme of this year’s NRW) and worked with their local communities to bring awareness and engagement with Australia’s Indigenous history and culture.

“Since we launched our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2011, Accor has grown its Indigenous workforce to beyond 300 employees nationally,” Simon McGrath, chief operating officer of Accor said.

“Following Accor’s Employment Parity partnership with the Federal Government (signed in mid-December 2014) we have placed an additional 70 new Indigenous employees across the country, which is a great foundation towards achieving our target of providing 660 new opportunities by 2018.”

Mr McGrath hosted a breakfast during NRW at the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park with key industry stakeholders and community partners, which focused on making a brighter future for Indigenous Australians.

Jack Manning-Bancroft, founder and CEO of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), also provided insight in creating Indigenous success for young Australians.

Accor hotels that participated in NRW include: Novotel Northbeach Wollongong, Mercure and Ibis Brisbane hotels, Mercure Cairns Harbourside, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Pullman Cairns International, Cairns Harbour Lights, and Pullman Palm Cove.