Accor hits 400 hotels in Sydney’s Porter House opening
Accor marks a major milestone this week with the opening of its 400e hotel in Australia and the Pacific, the highly anticipated The Porter House Hotel – MGallery in Sydney.
The heritage-listed property opens three decades after the introduction of the first Accor hotel in the area, the Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour, which opened in 1991.
“Reaching 400 hotels in just over three decades is a remarkable achievement and underscores Accor’s success in strategic partnerships and acquisitions,” said Sarah Derry, CEO of Accor Pacific.
“The addition of the Mirvac and Mantra groups to the Accor portfolio over the past decade has almost doubled the network, giving Accor particular prominence in the serviced apartment sector, which is very popular in the domestic market.”
Derry also attributed the company’s growth trajectory to its strong partnerships with owners.
“A key ingredient in Accor’s growth in the region has been our relationship with the owners of several hotels,” she said.
“By being able to offer brands suitable for a wide range of different property styles and locations, we have been able to attract owners with established properties wishing to take advantage of our rapidly growing market presence and our pioneering approach to sales, marketing and distribution.”
The opening of the Porter House Hotel comes as CBD hotels are experiencing an upsurge in demand.
“Sydney is experiencing its fastest growth since March 2020, with a recovery in corporate, conference and event activity, and continued strength in the domestic leisure market,” Derry said.
“We are seeing similar revivals in other key Pacific cities, complementing the success of regional holiday destinations in Australia and New Zealand.
“While there is still some way to go before international travel returns to pre-pandemic levels, the surge in international flight schedules and growing confidence in long-haul travel bode well for the revival of the region’s hospitality industry for the remainder of 2022 and 2023.”
The luxury Castlereagh Street hotel is home to 122 rooms and suites spread over the first 10 floors of a 36-storey mixed-use tower. The property also includes an extensive multi-storey dining offering, while 131 private apartments are located above the MGallery hotel.
The heritage-listed building dates back to 1876, when it was known as the Dixson & Sons Tobacco Factory and Warehouse, before becoming a retail showcase for handcrafted furniture from WW Campbell & Co and the famous leather merchant George Johnson & Sons.
Designed by award-winning architect Angelo Candelapas of Candelapas Associates, the newly built hotel showcases a modern take on vintage designs that pay homage to the building’s rich history.
This is the latest opening in Accor’s large-scale expansion in the Pacific region, with 11 new hotels – and 1,569 rooms – set to open by the end of next year. , including Australia’s first 25-hour hotel Melbourne Airport and Auckland Airport properties, and The Morris Hotel – a heritage restoration of the former West End Hotel built in 1929 on Pitt Street, Sydney.
“Our expansion program includes a full range of hotel styles – from luxury to economy – in downtown areas, airport areas, regional centers and suburban growth areas,” Derry said.
“Accor is introducing both new brands and a new approach to hotel operations in Australia, then New Zealand and the Pacific.”