Accor has been recognised as the Most Sustainable Travel Company at the 31st Annual TTG Travel Awards 2022 held in Bangkok, Thailand. Accor’s economy brand, ibis, also won Best Budget Hotel Brand for the seventh time.
The TTG Travel Awards is the most coveted and influential awards in the regions’ travel industry that honour leading organisations and individuals who consistently demonstrate a commitment towards service excellence. The TTG Travel Awards has been recognising the best of Asia-Pacific’s travel industry since 1989.
“We are honoured to have been recognised by TTG’s editorial panel as the most sustainable travel company, for our commitment to the environment and local communities”, said Garth Simmons, Chief Executive Officer for Accor Southeast Asia, Japan & South Korea. “As the largest hotel operator in Southeast Asia, Accor has a major role to play in contributing towards social and economic inclusion, in particular by providing access to jobs and training. We want to make a positive impact on the local communities in which we operate which is why we are focussed on providing training and mentoring programs, as well as supporting initiates that allow more equitable access to our industry”.
Accor was the first major hotel group to establish an Environment department in 1994. Since then, the hospitality company has affirmed its leadership position through ambitious goals focussed on reducing energy consumption, protecting the environment, supporting local communities and ensuring a more sustainable future. An endowment fund, Accor Solidarity, was setup in 2018 and has supported over 450 community projects to date across 50 countries. In 2021, Accor committed to achieving Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050, and reducing absolute emissions by -46% by 2030. The group is currently eliminating all single-use plastics from its guest experience areas and working on initiatives to reduce food waste.
Accor’s economy brand, ibis, was also recognised at the TTG Travel Awards as the Best Budget Hotel Brand. On hand to accept the award, Ianic Menard, Vice President Operations for Accor Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, said, “Our ibis hotels share a common goal – to be open to all, wherever and whomever you are. This much-loved brand has been a trailblazer in the economy sector since 1974 and continues to shake up economy hotel standards by creating a kind of hotel social scene.”
Victoria Sertic, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Accor Southeast Asia, Japan & South Korea describes the ambition for ibis as being one of openness: “We really want ibis to be perceived as being open to the world, to others and to the unknown, reaffirming the values of togetherness, curiosity and inclusiveness. We have worked hard to position ibis as a lively social hub where anybody can come to sleep, dine and meet new people. We’re delighted to accept this award for ibis, and look forward to welcoming the world to some of our exciting upcoming addresses across the region.”
Accor is the largest and most geographically diverse hotel group in Southeast Asia. The group currently operates over 370 hotels under 18 hotel brands across the region, with an additional 120 hotels set to join the network within the next five years.