The third annual ‘Accor Great Race’ around Melbourne saw teams run, fly, kick and dance their way around the city, swinging by four Accor hotels and facing a series of fun challenges along the way.
Eleven teams made up of corporate meeting planners, professional conference organisers, corporate accommodation clients, the Melbourne Convention Bureau, and Accor sales representatives gathered at The Como Melbourne hotel for the start of the race that set out to showcase the diversity of Accor’s city conferencing product.
Planned in conjunction with race partner BeChallenged, the event paid homage to the ‘Amazing Race’ TV series, with teams testing their stamina, knowledge, communication and team building skills throughout the event. Each exciting challenge was designed to incorporate and highlight the best of The Como Melbourne, Citigate Melbourne, Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens, and Novotel St Kilda facilities.
Day one saw teams kick up a Storm with special guests, Melbourne Storm players Brett Finch and Gareth Widdop providing their expert advice on how to place-kick a goal. Over at AAMI Park Stadium, team’s scavenging skills were put to the test, with a clue to the next challenge hidden under random stadium seats.
While the other teams took some well deserved rest at Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens for lunch, the Melbourne Convention Bureau team were whisked off in style to Accor’s brand new Mornington Peninsula property, Mercure Portsea Golf Club & Resort. Arriving by helicopter, they were tasked with producing a ‘Getaway’ style video, showcasing the best of the resort’s multi-million dollar development, with the film broadcast at the gala dinner that evening at Novotel St Kilda.
Fabulous local graffiti street art was also auctioned off during the dinner, with proceeds going to Accor’s chosen charity, Mission Australia.
The two day event encouraged the partners of Accor to use public transport and social media, and saw teams participate in eating and memory challenges, including a few surprise bonus challenges thrown in for good measure too. The Federation Square ‘Hurricane’ flash mob routine the teams learnt was a definite highlight of the whole race.
It was the Black team, comprising of Steven Bracchi, Todd Macleod, Emily Kitto, Luisa Cuppari, and Alexandra Rolton from The Como Melbourne who reigned victorious, taking home the prestigious Accor Great Race trophy and overnight accommodation vouchers for the new Mercure Portsea Golf Club & Resort property located just 1½ hours south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.
Race event organiser, Gil Wong from Ibis Melbourne said that the event was a great success again and would like to thank the valued partners of Accor for taking part. A special mention to Kingsley Seale, Fiona Gardiner and Sophie Bagnall from the major event sponsor, team building company BeChallenged, for their support.