In addition to his General Manager responsibilities, Paul will also become the Accor Hotel Group’s Indigenous Champion in Queensland, helping guide, direct and promote sustainable relationships and Accor’s ongoing commitment to improving Indigenous employment and relations in the region through its pioneering ‘Indigenous Employment Program’ and Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Since arriving in Australia in 2005 from the UK (where he had a 6 year career with the Whitbread hotel company), Paul has worked with Accor in many roles and locations, and across its portfolio of brands.
In 2007 he joined Accor at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth as Assistant Manager, and later became the hotel’s Reservations Sales Manager and then Front Office Manager. In 2010 he was promoted to General Manager of the Ibis Styles at Karratha, and in 2011 moved to Tasmania to take on the role of General Manager at the Mercure Launceston.
Paul says, “I am now very excited to have made the move to Queensland – my fourth state in four years – and specifically Cairns. The people in Tropical North Queensland really are so welcoming and friendly, and this has made the transition from Tasmania very smooth for my family.
“We’re looking forward to exploring the region, especially the beach given that the weather is always so tropical here, and getting involved with the Cairns community.”
Located on the Esplanade overlooking Trinity Bay, Mercure Cairns Harbourside provides an excellent base for both business and leisure travellers. The hotel features 173 rooms, two restaurants, three function rooms, a swimming pool and spa along with international standard hotel services and facilities.