Paul Dubrule and Gérard Pélisson create SIEH.
First Novotel hotel opens in Lille.
First ibis hotel opens in Bordeaux.
Acquisition of Courtepaille.
Acquisition of Mercure.
Hotel operations are launched in Brazil.
meal vouchers are introduced in Brazil, Italy,
Germany, Belgium and Spain.
Acquisition of Sofitel (43 hotels and two seawater spas).
Initial public offering of SIEH shares on the Paris Bourse.
Start-up of Services operations in Mexico.
Acquisition of Jacques Borel International, European leader in
managed food services (Générale de Restauration) and concession
restaurants (Café Route, L’Arche), and world leader in the issuance
of meal vouchers (Ticket Restaurant
), with 165 million vouchers
a year distributed in eight countries.
Creation of Accor following the merger of Novotel SIEH Group
and Jacques Borel International.
Creation of Formule 1, a new hotel concept based on particularly
innovative construction and management techniques.
Creation of Académie Accor, France’s first corporate university
for service activities.
Acquisition of Lenôtre, which owns andmanages caterer boutiques,
gourmet restaurants and a cooking school.
100 new hotels and 250 restaurants are opened during the year,
for an average of one opening a day.
Start-up of Services operations in Argentina.
Formule 1 expands outside France, with two properties in Belgium.
Alliance formed with Groupe Lucien Barrière SAS to develop
Acquisition of the Motel 6 chain in the United States, comprising
550 properties. With its global brands, Accor becomes the
world’s leading hotel group, in terms of hotels directly owned
or managed (excluding franchises).
business launched in Venezuela.
Successful public offer for Compagnie Internationale des
Wagons-Lits et du Tourisme, which is active in hotels (Pullman,
PLM, Altea, Arcade), car rental (Europcar), onboard train services
(Wagons-Lits), travel agencies (Wagonlit Travel), managed food
services (Eurest) and highway restaurants (Relais Autoroute).
Creation of Etap Hotel.
Accor Asia Pacific Corp. is created by the merger of Accor’s
Asia-Pacific businesses with Quality Pacific Corp.
Interest acquired in the Pannonia chain (24 hotels), as part of
Hungary’s privatization program.
Services business starts up operations in Czech Republic, Austria
Partnership between Carlson and Wagonlit Travel in business
introduced in Slovakia, Uruguay and Hungary.
Eurest is sold to Compass, making Accor the largest shareholder
in the world’s leading food services company.
Disposal of 80% of the concession restaurants business.
Introduction of an extensive training and communication program
to improve environmental protection.
Accor becomes the market leader in the Asia-Pacific region, with
144 hotels in 16 countries and 56 projects under construction.
Management of the ibis, Etap Hotel and Formule 1 chains is
consolidated within Sphere International.
Launch of the Compliment Card in partnership with American
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