June 15, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

A few weeks ago, Accor’s Asia Pacific CEO Simon McGrath was waxing lyrical about the importance of its people as the largest hotel operator in Australia and New Zealand.

Now the brand is putting its money where its mouth is, with the launch of a recruitment drive to find more than 1,000 staff across nearly 400 properties.

“This is a rapidly returning sector and we are now recruiting for roles at most of our hotels, apartments and resorts across the Pacific. It is an opportunity to create dramatic positive change by bringing in great talent that will enrich our industry’s future forever,” said McGrath over the long weekend.

The recruitment push also includes a new fully paid internship program which will provide on-the-job training to 100 students from 22 hospitality schools across Australasia.

“We believe that we have a responsibility to identify, inspire and train people to become the next generation of hoteliers,” said McGrath.

“We will use this opportunity to advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion, by bringing people into our industry with a wide range of interests, backgrounds and experiences. People with different points of view from every culture, race, religion, gender and age group because the more diverse our teams experiences and skills, the better the outcome.”

Presumably in response to concerns over the ongoing impact of the pandemic on the tourism industry, McGrath said the hospitality sector had a “certain” future.

“Our guests are telling us that they feel confident about travelling again. It is a fun, dynamic and exciting sector to work in and those who join the tourism industry can be confident they will have an interesting and diverse career.”