Accor and IIHM Join Forces to Revolutionize Hospitality Education in India

Accor and IIHM Join Forces to Revolutionize Hospitality Education in India

By Author

Published on October 3, 2023

In a groundbreaking move to advance hospitality education in India, Accor and the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) have inked a momentous Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the prestigious IIHM Global Campus in Salt Lake, Kolkata. This historic agreement establishes a long-term collaboration aimed at enriching hospitality education and empowering students with extensive employment prospects across India.

The MoU was formally signed by Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President, Operations, Accor India & South Asia, and Dr. Suborno Bose, Founder and CEO of IIHM. This partnership unites one of the world's largest hospitality corporations with the globally renowned IIHM to foster a mutually beneficial relationship.

Puneet Dhawan, Senior Vice President, Operations, Accor India & South Asia, expressed the significance of this transformative alliance, stating, "Our partnership with IIHM represents a significant stride in nurturing future talents within the hospitality sector. We are committed to equipping young minds with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in the dynamic world of hospitality."

Dr. Suborno Bose, Founder and CEO of IIHM, emphasized the importance of this historic collaboration, saying, "Becoming a top professional in the hospitality industry is a journey that demands dedication, education, and hands-on experience. The partnership with Accor India underscores our dedication to offering students the finest education and industry exposure. Together, we are shaping the future of hospitality, where education meets excellence."

IIHM will offer a 1-Year Certificate/Diploma course, inclusive of industrial training and exams, aligned with the Tourism and Hospitality Skill Council (THSC) and Government of India requirements. These courses will be available in Delhi NCR, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, Goa, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, and Hyderabad.

Accor will contribute valuable insights to IIHM to aid in the creation of industry-relevant curricula. Accor will offer industrial training opportunities, deliver guest lectures, facilitate faculty development programs, provide internships and placements in Accor-managed hotels, and offer operational exposure across its properties in India.

This collaboration between IIHM and Accor holds immense promise for the future of the Indian hospitality industry. It focuses on education, skill development, industry engagement, and, most importantly, provides emerging talent with real-world exposure to the dynamic hospitality sector.

About Accor

Accor is a globally leading hospitality group operating in over 110 countries with 5,500 properties, 10,000 food & beverage venues, wellness facilities, and flexible workspaces. The group boasts a diverse hospitality ecosystem encompassing more than 40 hotel brands, ranging from luxury to economy, including Lifestyle with Ennismore. Accor is dedicated to positive action in areas such as business ethics, responsible tourism, sustainable development, community outreach, and diversity & inclusion. Founded in 1967, Accor SA is headquartered in France and publicly listed on Euronext Paris (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACCYY) in the United States. For more information, visit www.group.accor.com or follow Accor on social media.

About IIHM

The International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) is a renowned hospitality education institution in India, committed to nurturing the talents and skills of future leaders in the hospitality industry. IIHM offers a range of hospitality and culinary programs designed to prepare students for successful careers in the global hospitality sector.


"Boho by the Beach" in Goa: 2024's Premier Family Resort with Budget-Friendly Luxury

"Boho by the Beach" in Goa: 2024's Premier Family Resort with Budget-Friendly Luxury

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 18, 2024

As Goa continues to enchant visitors with its vibrant beaches and lively cultural scene, "Boho by the Beach" is setting a new standard for family accommodations in 2024. Located approximately 800 meters from the tranquil Morjim Beach, this premier family resort combines the laid-back luxury of Goa with the affordability families crave during their vacations.

In the heart of North Goa, known for its bustling activity and scenic beaches, "Boho by the Beach" stands out by offering an affordable yet luxurious experience. Independent research by IBRF highlights a significant trend post-pandemic: 70% of travelers seek budget-friendly beachside accommodations that do not compromise on quality. Responding to this demand, "Boho by the Beach" provides a perfect solution with its beautifully appointed rooms and family-friendly amenities.

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The resort features 12 elegantly designed rooms, each crafted to offer comfort and elegance. Guests can wake up to the soothing sounds of the sea and enjoy facilities like a lush leisure lawn, a rejuvenating swimming pool, and a spa. The resort’s proximity to local markets also offers families a glimpse into the vibrant local life and culture of Goa, enhancing the authenticity of their stay.

Dining at "Boho by the Beach" is an experience in itself, with a menu that caters to both refined palates and health-conscious diners. The resort’s indoor dining option provides a relaxing ambiance perfect for family meals, while the breakfast menu is specially curated to kickstart the day with nutritious and delicious options.

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Moreover, the resort experience is complemented by "The Boho Box," a sports-themed café located by the Baga River in Anjuna. Popular among tourists for its dynamic atmosphere and exquisite cuisine, it adds another layer of enjoyment to the guests’ stay.

Visitors leaving "Boho by the Beach" carry with them not just memories of a relaxing stay but experiences of Goa's rich tapestry of activities, from beach frolics to local crafts like feni distilling and basket weaving. The resort not only promises a captivating retreat but also delivers a holistic Goan experience that makes it worthy of being called Goa's Premier Family Resort of 2024.


Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Expands Significantly in EMEA Region in 2023

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Expands Significantly in EMEA Region in 2023

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 18, 2024

In a notable expansion drive during 2023, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchisor, marked significant growth milestones across Europe, the Middle East, Eurasia, and Africa (EMEA). The company introduced nine of its brands into new countries, signed 107 franchise agreements, and celebrated the opening of 87 new hotels, adding approximately 9,500 rooms.

Underpinning this expansion is Wyndham's OwnerFirst™ approach, which emphasizes a strong partnership with hotel owners and franchisees, providing them with comprehensive support to ensure their success. This approach has bolstered Wyndham's reputation as a leader in the hospitality industry across the region.

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Dimitris Manikis, President of EMEA at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, highlighted the strategic growth, "We're incredibly proud of our record growth in 2023 and the trust that owners and franchisees across the region continue to put in Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. The increasing value of partnering with the world’s largest hotel franchisor is evident as more owners join our family."

Noteworthy openings in 2023 included the first-ever Wyndham Grand in Rajasthan, India, and the introduction of the company's first Registry Collection Hotel in Greece. Wyndham also strengthened its presence in Türkiye, a key growth market, by opening 11 new hotels, making it the largest international hotel operator in the country.

Further, the company expanded its Trademark Collection by Wyndham into Malta, Portugal, Türkiye, and Qatar, and debuted brands like Wyndham Grand in Krakow, Dolce by Wyndham in Milan, and Super 8 by Wyndham in the UK. The CIS region saw significant activity with eight new hotel openings, including three brand entries in Uzbekistan.

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The "Wyndham Advantage" continues to play a crucial role in this expansion, offering franchisees world-class marketing, powerful distribution platforms, and innovative technology investments totaling more than $275 million over the past five years. This includes cutting-edge property and revenue management systems and access to the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program, which boasts over 106 million members worldwide.

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts now operates 639 hotels across EMEA, with a robust pipeline of over 150 hotels, as it continues to lead and innovate in the hospitality sector. This strategic expansion not only enhances the company's global footprint but also strengthens its market leadership position, providing exceptional value and service to guests and stakeholders alike.

For more information on franchising opportunities with Wyndham in the EMEA region, visit https://whrdevelopmentemea.com/ 


Accor's 2024 Strategy: Elevating Hospitality with Iconic Brands and Sustainable Practices

Accor's 2024 Strategy: Elevating Hospitality with Iconic Brands and Sustainable Practices

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 18, 2024

In 2024, Accor, a global leader in hospitality, is taking bold steps to redefine the guest experience while championing sustainability across its diverse brand portfolio. With over 57 years of expertise, Accor boasts a remarkable array of 45+ hospitality brands, catering to the evolving needs of travelers worldwide. This year, Accor is leveraging its strategic realignment into Luxury & Lifestyle (L&L) and Premium, Midscale & Economy (PM&E) brands to propel its transformative journey in hospitality.

2024 marks significant milestones for Accor, with Sofitel celebrating its 60th anniversary as the pioneering international luxury hotel brand, and ibis marking its 50th anniversary as a globally recognized economy brand. Additionally, the 1000th Mercure hotel is set to open its doors, offering locally inspired accommodations to inquisitive travelers.

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Accor proudly oversees four of the world’s seven centennial global hospitality brands, including Pullman, Orient Express, Raffles, and Fairmont, each embodying resilience and innovation. These brands continue to set new standards in hospitality while preserving their rich legacies. Future endeavors include the introduction of Orient Express Grand Hotel de la Minerve in Italy, promising immersive travel experiences.

Accor remains committed to curating thoughtful stay experiences characterized by kindness and care. Through innovative brand extensions like the Handwritten Collection and branded residences, Accor is pioneering new avenues for authentic guest experiences. Embracing the shift towards remote work, Accor offers unique long-stay accommodations tailored to modern travelers.

With a steadfast commitment to sustainability, Accor is eliminating single-use plastics and measuring carbon emissions across its properties. The company aims to eco-certify all its hotels by 2026, demonstrating its dedication to environmental stewardship and community engagement.

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Looking ahead, Accor is poised to expand its presence in key global destinations, including China, Japan, and India. With numerous hotels and iconic landmarks in the pipeline, Accor promises boundless exploration and unforgettable experiences for its guests.

Accor’s 2024 strategy reflects its unwavering commitment to elevating hospitality standards while embracing sustainability and innovation. Through its diverse brand portfolio and forward-thinking initiatives, Accor continues to shape the future of travel and hospitality, one remarkable experience at a time.

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