World’s leading and France headquartered Accor Hotels Group’s brands ‘Pullman and Novotel’ have signed an MoU with Lovely Professional University on August 21, 2019. The signing ceremony took place at the university board room amid the presence of LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal and Director for Talent and Culture at Accor Brand Sofitel Mumbai Mr Salil Desai. This prestigious collaboration involves priority to LPU’s Hotel Management students for internships, preferential job-opportunities at hotels affiliated with all Accor’ brands. L&D Manager Smriti Lamba and T & C Manager Mr Ranjith Halan represented brand ‘Pullman and Novotel’, Aerocity-New Delhi. Accor Hotels is a French multinational hospitality company that owns, manages brands like Pullman & Novotel, Fairmont, Ibis, Sofitel, Raffles, Swissotel, and more.


Appreciating study-environment and infrastructure at LPU, Director Desai remarked: “Entire Accor team is committed to LPU in terms of placements of its students in luxury hotels. Supporting such an institution really means a lot to us. Our focus is on an “enabling attitude”. We want to enable LPU students to capitalize on the global power of the Accor group in the best way possible to take their hospitality careers beyond borders.” Informing about Indian hotel industry better than in abroad, Mr Desai shared: “Hospitality profession is a serious profession, so students need to have keen passion in this industry. The warmth within to serve others committedly certainly provides a bright career in this industry.”


LPU Chancellor Mr Mittal holds: “With this collaboration, LPU has opened new doors to students for careers in the luxury and high-class brands of Accor Group, which is a world-wide hotel operator. Also gaining its expertise, Hotel Management Programme at LPU is now going to be more robust than ever.” The collaborative cooperation between LPU and Accor brand also entails the design and delivery of personalized executive training programs for middle and senior management at Accor brand by Hotel Management faculty at LPU.


Eight Senior Officials from Accor’s different brands including Fairmont Jaipur, Novotel Hyderabad, Ibis Hotels North India and more witnessed the MoU signing ceremony. While talking about Accor as a ‘brand’, L&D Manager Accor Hotels Academies India, Ms Shrishti Mishra informed that presently ‘Accor’ serves with 4,840 hotels, 38 brands in 100 countries around the world and provides 35,800 job offers. Associate Director T & C and L&D Manager at Fairmont Jaipur Ms Juhi Patrick and Ms Neha Mishra; Director T&C Novotel (Hyderabad), Mr BMS Dutta; and L&D Manager Ibis Hotels Ms Khusbu Sneha were also present on the occasion.