The spotlight is on Accor’s Mercure brand this year with strong growth cementing its status as Australia’s largest mid-scale hotel chain.
The network now boasts 41 hotels in Australia with 17 hotels joining the network since 2010. Mercure now provides even more choice of unique hotels with distinctive personalities firmly rooted in their local regions and run by passionate hoteliers.
With corporate social responsibility now a business necessity, Mercure was one of the first hotel groups in Australia to offer carbon neutral meetings and provides an easy solution to offset at the cost of the hotel, not the conference organiser, the environmental impact of every conference held in its hotels. The Carbon Reduction Institute calculates the emissions produced by the conference services provided by Mercure hotels including heating and cooling, lighting, audio-visual equipment and food and beverage emissions.
Since teaming up with the Carbon Reduction Institute in 2008, the Mercure Meetings Carbon Neutral Conference program has offset more than 10,893tCO2e tonnes of carbon emissions, equating to the carbon used to drive 62,778,904kms – enough to drive 1567 times around the earth or 163 trips to the moon (if you could drive there!)**. To put this into perspective, given that the average car in Australia travels 14,600 kilometres a year, this means that Mercure has effectively taken 4300 cars off the road through this initiative over the past five years*.
In addition to the carbon neutral promise, Mercure offers tailored services for any meeting or event with dedicated conference co-ordinators, indulgent and healthy menu options, the latest audio-visual equipment and diverse meeting spaces that can accommodate small meetings to large events.
To complement the strong meetings offer Mercure has been actively renovating its accommodation rooms in a style that is classic yet modern and cutting-edge with clever lighting and ergonomic seating to provide a space conducive to both working and relaxing.
The first Australian hotel to get the new Mercure treatment was Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens in Spring Street. Striking imagery of Melbourne landmarks such as Flinders Street Station adorn large headboards, while bright carpets and funky space-saving furniture all help to energise the room’s look and feel. The hotel features five meeting rooms including a pillar-less room accommodating up to 300 delegates and a naturally lit room with views of the beautiful Treasury Gardens.
Brisbane’s quintessential ‘River City’ hotel, Mercure Brisbane was next in line to receive a makeover and now boasts some of the most spectacular views Brisbane has to offer, with futuristic and vibrant room interiors to match. And with 11 conference rooms, the hotel can tailor any event to individual requirements. All floors have ample pre-function areas with natural light.
The transformation of Mercure Sydney comes at a time when the surrounding area of Haymarket just west of the Sydney CBD, is undergoing a remarkable renaissance, with the construction of Frank Gehry’s landmark UTS building leading the charge. Each of Mercure Sydney’s 517-guestrooms features a new colour palette of purple and grey with dark marble bench tops, creating a relaxed yet contemporary look. With eight naturally lit meeting rooms and outdoor terrace with city views, Mercure Sydney is also an excellent venue for meetings and conferences catering for up to 400 guests.
Conveniently located just minutes from the international terminal, the recently renamed Mercure Sydney International Airport has undergone a multi-million dollar refurbishment with marble lobby interiors and revamped Superior rooms. The hotel offers ample car parking onsite and 11 flexible state-of-the-art conference rooms with unique direct vehicle access to the Grand Ballroom, catering for up to 400 guests cocktail style.
Proving you’re never too old for a face-lift, the historic 93-year-old Mercure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide now boasts fresh new bathrooms and bedrooms with photographs of local landmarks hanging handsomely above the beds. The dedicated conference floor features seven modern and fully flexible meeting rooms featuring high speed internet, extensive audio visual equipment and natural lighting in most rooms.
Another historic Mercure to be completely upgraded is the iconic Mercure Canberra, formerly Olims Hotel. In this case, the makeover truly reflects the hotel’s rich heritage (the building is classified by the National Trust), while introducing all the modern comforts that today’s traveller expects. Conference facilities can cater for up to 180 guests and the wonderfully landscaped courtyard is perfect for relaxing breaks.
Mercure has also welcomed its first hotel in Victoria’s coastal resort town of Portsea. Boasting panoramic views across Port Phillip Bay and Portsea Golf Course, Mercure Portsea Golf Club & Resort offers 24 stylish accommodation rooms, an on-site restaurant and state-of-the-art conference facilities catering for up to 300 guests.
Mercure also caters for your VIP delegates with the added luxury of a Mercure ‘Privilege’ room. These superior rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi access, bottled water, a Nespresso coffee machine, gourmet slices, bathrobes, slippers, magazines and newspapers. After a long working day guests can truly relax and unwind in the comfort and serenity of their Privilege room.
And after a day of strategising, Mercure welcomes you to sample their Great Wines of Australia menu, celebrating the country’s very best wine regions. Wine tasting has been elevated to an art form and wines on the new list have been specially selected by Mercure’s panel of experts, including renowned wine judge and consultant Jim McMahon. The wine list, which features some of Australia’s best and most authentic wines, has been classified into four categories based on taste and flavour, to accompany the regional produce available at Mercure hotels.
Boasting prime CBD addresses in most of Australia’s major cities and idyllic locations in picturesque regions such as the Hunter Valley and North Queensland, Mercure is the perfect choice for a conference or event that is not only carbon neutral but offers an authentic experience of the local region.
For more information on the Mercure brand visit www.mercure.com