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Mr. Wilson

Graham Wilson

Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Accor Asia Pacific

Graham Wilson heads the Sales, Marketing and Distribution arm of Accor Hotels in Asia Pacific. Accor iGrahams Europe's leader in hotels with more than 3,500 properties in 92 countries throughout the world with over 550 hotels in 16 countries across Asia Pacific. In January 2010, Mr Wilson assumed his current position as Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing & Distribution and is part of the global Sales & Distribution management committee. Based in the Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, he is responsible for overseeing the company's overall Sales, Marketing, Loyalty and Distribution strategy throughout the region. Mr Wilson was previously Vice President Marketing - Asia Pacific for Accor, a position he had occupied since October 2007. Having worked for Accor Hotels for 18 years, he has had the unique opportunity to be part of Accor's “pioneering team” in Asia Pacific which has successfully launched close to 400 hotels and 9 different global brands in this dynamic and fast paced region. Mr Wilson joined Accor in 1993 and was based in Bangkok as Director of Sales and Marketing until 1997 when he returned to Australia. He was previously Director of Marketing for Resort Hotels of Australia based in Sydney. Mr Wilson is on the Advisory Board for Atout France and was honoured in 2006 with Accor's top level executive award, the “Gold Bernache” medal. Accor serves travelers through its luxury and upscale brands Sofitel and Pullman, as well as its midscale Novotel and Mercure products, and economy chains Ibis and All Seasons. In addition, it operates budget brands Motel 6 and Formule 1.

Mr. Wilson can be contacted at 800-6161-367 or graham.wilson@accor.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.