Leading hotel operator Accor has been recognised for its initiative to recruit and train 100 refugees over a six month period, setting a great example for other employers, according to peak national industry body Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF).
Accor was last night presented with the Business Inclusion award by the Migration Council Australia at the Australian Migration & Settlement Awards 2014. The business inclusion category recognises excellence in community-orientated programs that aim to improve the inclusion of migrants within the Australian workforce.
TTF Chief Executive Ken Morrison has paid tribute to Accor for its commitment and success.
“Accor is to be congratulated on its visionary employment goals, which provide opportunities for refugees across the country,” Mr Morrison said.
“It’s yet another example that tourism can be a key employment solution for Australia.
“Accor has a long history of outstanding employment practices and we congratulate them on this most recent success.
“This outstanding program is helping refugees integrate into society, providing opportunities they might not otherwise have had.
“After often traumatic experiences, this initiative helps to extend a warm welcome to those who are choosing to call Australia home.
“This award is recognition of those tremendous efforts and we look forward to the scheme’s continuing success.”