The Accor S. A. is an international French hotel company and was founded in 1967 by Paul Dubrule and Gérard Pélisson. The company is now a major global hotel chains. In Germany there are over 330 hotels of different brands.

Accor achieved worldwide sales in 2009 of 7.065 billion euros and employed 150 525 employees in nearly 100 countries. It is listed on the French stock index CAC 40. In addition to the hospitality services are another important business area.


In 1967, Paul Dubrule and Gérard Pélisson found the SEE Group. The first was opened in Novotel Lille. The first Ibis opened in 1974 in Bordeaux, at the same time was the acquisition of COURTEPAILLE restaurants. A year later, the acquisition of Mercure was completed and opened the first German Mercure Saarbruecken.

1980 Sofitel was consisting of 43 hotels and two seawater spas, acquired. The company Jacques Borel International was acquired in 1982. In this case, it was the European market leader in the field "managed food services " ( Générale de Restauration ) and licensed restaurants (Café Route, L' Arche ) and a global leader in the issuance of tax-favored meal vouchers of the subsidiary Accor Services ( Ticket Restaurant ) with annual 165 million vouchers in eight countries and gift vouchers ( ticket compliment ). In the same year, the first German Ibis Hotel Berlin Messe opened.

Company history from Accor


Accor was created in 1983 from a merger of Novotel SEE Group with Jacques Borel International. The Accor logo with the wild geese as a sign of global travel originated at this time. In 1985, the creation of Formule 1, the first Formule 1 hotel opened in Evry.

The first Formule 1 in Germany was opened in 1997 (the first Etap hotels in Germany were called first Formule 1 bleu ). Then France's first corporate university for service activities the foundation of the Académie Accor was completed. Accor acquired a 46 percent stake Lenôtre, the luxurious catering boutiques, gourmet restaurants, and manages a cooking school.

1986 was characterized by the acquisition of the Motel 6 chain in the U.S., which comprises 550 hotels. With its globally established brands, Accor has been the world market leader, measured by the number of branch and management services (without Franchiser ). Five years later, the company landed a successful bid for the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons- Lits et du Tourisme, active in the fields of hotel (Pullman, Etap Hotel, PLM, Altea, Arcade ), Car Hire ( Europcar ), onboard train services ( Wagons- Lits ), travel agencies ( Wagonlit Travel ), managed food services ( Eurest ) and highway restaurants ( Relais Autoroute ).

Expanding the company's activities

Accor was in 1997, a limited company with Board (Jean -Marc Espalioux as CEO) and Board (12 members). The project " Accor 2000 " for more growth and new technologies has started. The Carlson Wagonlit Travel brand was launched in the same year to life. There was a purchase of a majority stake in SPIC, renamed in Accor Casinos. The hotel network grew in 1999 by 22 percent ( 639 Hotels), most of the acquisition of Red Roof Inns in the U.S.. The acquisition of CGIS was completed, included the hotel business of Vivendi, the eight Demeure and 41 Libertel houses. Also, the apartment hotel chain Studio 6 were added in 1999.

In 2000, Accor was present as an official partner of the French Olympic Committee at the Olympic Games in Sydney, also the online service was started. In the same year the Meal Service Card was introduced in China. It was the acquisition of a 38.5 percent stake in Go Voyages, the area COURTEPAILLE was sold.

2001, the presence in the Chinese hotel market in collaboration with Zenith Hotel International and Beijing Tourism Group was strengthened. Sustainable development of the Services business in the rapidly growing market for employee assistance programs through the acquisition of Employee Advisory Resource Ltd.. in Great Britain ushered. Suite Hotel was founded at the same time in Europe.

The acquisition of a 30 percent stake in Germany Dorint AG was 2002. It came at the opening of the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Sofitel and 13 other houses in major international cities. Accor Services have earned Davidson Trahaire, the leading executive search firm in Australia. A year later, the sustainable development of the hotel business are backed by 170 openings. In addition, the Ibis Tianjin was opened in China. Accor Services develops activities in Panama and Peru, the new Novotel rooms " Novation " was first used.

Accor in 2004, the main shareholder of Club Méditerranée, two years later, Gilles Pélisson new General Director of Accor SA. Accor has sold then its interest in Club Méditerranée and Carlson Wagonlit Travel. 2007 Accor built its market leadership in Germany: Acquisition of 52 Dorint hotels; The NewGen Hotels AG establishing the 90 percent participation by Accor SA. Accor sold 91 hotel properties in the Netherlands and Germany and 30 properties in the UK. It was the introduction of new brands All Seasons (2 stars plus) and Pullman ( 4 star plus ). Accor Services has been through acquisition of Kadeos French leader.

In February 2009, resigned six of the 17 directors of the hotel group, because they found themselves limited in their control function. At the same time it was announced that the group has to suffer from severe declines in sales.

As part of a realignment of the Accor group brands some of the hotel chains are renamed in 2012. The houses of the brand Etap hot future ibis budget, the hotels of the brand All Seasons wear in future the name ibis styles. Similarly, the Formule 1 hotels go out of France after the installation of showers and toilets in the rooms in the brand ibis budget.

Within France, the former ultra-low -budget concept of Formule 1 hotel remains under the brand hotelF1 introduced in 2009.

In the fall of 2012, the budget chain Motel 6 and the long-term hotel chain Studio 6 in North America were sold to the investment fund Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII. The transaction amounted to 1.9 billion U.S. dollars ( 1.5 billion euros ). Thus, Accor operates only the brands Sofitel and Novotel in North America.

In January 2011, the French manager Denis Hennequin replaced the previous senior manager Gilles Pélisson, a nephew of the company founder, from. Accor is controlled by the financial investors, Colony Capital and Eurazeo, which own about 30 percent of Accor.

Group structure

Accor to include with stand in July 2012 about 4400 hotels with 530,000 rooms in 92 countries, spread over the following brands:


Accor from 2006 to 2010, the main sponsor of the seven-time French football champion Olympique Lyonnais with the brands Ticket restaurant and Novotel.

In addition, the brand is sponsoring the French cycling team Team Europcar.