Accor - Australia's largest hotel and resort network - has announced its latest continuing sponsorship in support of the nation's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and communities.
Accor is honoured to again be the preferred official accommodation partner to be associated with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) which takes place from 24-27 July 2014.
It is the fourth year that Accor Hotels in North Queensland have sponsored the unique three-day event, which merges an art market with a celebration of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
Simon McGrath, Chief Operating Officer for Accor Pacific said, “CIAF has consolidated its position as Australia's premier Indigenous art fair and it is now a successful major event on the national and international arts calendar.
Accor has proudly supported the event since 2010, and we're excited to consolidate our relationship as a key sponsor in 2014 as CIAF takes the next step to transition out of government to become an independent not for profit entity.”
Accor Asia Pacific, the largest hotel group in Australia, has been acknowledged as a standout performer in the Australian Indigenous Reconciliation space, and has continued to proactively and passionately provide Indigenous Australians with employment and training opportunities since 2001.
Mr McGrath said the renewed sponsorship of the popular arts fair in Cairns reinforces Accor's ongoing commitment to improving Indigenous employment and relations in not just North Queensland, but Australia-wide.
“Accor always looks to take a leadership role and support platforms that promote Indigenous culture,” he said.
“We currently achieve this with the support of organisations as diverse as Reconciliation Australia, Tourism Australia, Mission Australia, Ayers Rock Resort, Supply Nation, the NRL, Corroboree Festival Sydney, and the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), and of course the Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair in Cairns in an arts and culture capacity.”
Since 2009 CIAF has sold $2.4million of Queensland Indigenous Art and generated more than $5.6million in tourism expenditure. Over this time CIAF has continued to be enhanced by the generous support of Accor's Hotels based in Cairns.
The CEO of Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Alison Copley said the partnership with Accor is highly valued by the organisation in terms of providing accommodation, hospitality and assistance with tourism marketing.
“A key objective of this year's marketing campaign is generating greater numbers of visitors from across Australia and overseas. With Accor's help, we will be able to spread the word through their global networks and this effort will no doubt be boosted through the distribution of favourable accommodation deals.”
Accor is offering special CIAF 2014 rates at five of its Cairns hotels – the Pullman Cairns International hotel, the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino, Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort, Mercure Harbourside Cairns and Cairns Harbour Lights - for those who wish to attend the event this winter.
Available for bookings and stays from now until the 27th of July (subject to availability), Accor's CIAF room rates are priced per room per night and start from:
• A$219.00 for a superior room at the Pullman Cairns International • A$215.00 for a superior room at the Pullman Reef Casino Hotel • A$169.00 for a standard room at the Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort • A$139.00 for a standard room at the Mercure Cairns Harbourside Hotel • A$224.00 for a standard room at the Cairns Harbour Lights
In 2014 the fair will feature a boutique art market for traditional and contemporary art work by Queensland Indigenous artists, including dance and music, a symposium, artist talks, printmaking demonstrations, children and family art activities.
Entry to the art fair is free (please note that tickets must be purchased for entry to the opening night and symposium, see website for more details).
To make an accommodation reservation, visit Accor's CIAF partner page athttp://accorasiapacificpartners.com/ciaf2014
For more information about the 2014 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair please visitwww.ciaf.com.au
ACCOR SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS
Accor Asia Pacific, the largest hotel group in Australia, has been acknowledged as a standout performer in the Australian Indigenous Reconciliation space. Accor has continued to proactively and passionately provide Indigenous Australians with employment and training opportunities since 2001. With a commitment to actively seeking, training and hiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employees, Accor held 20 Indigenous Employment Training Programs around Australia in 2013 which saw the successful employment of over 120 Indigenous career seekers employed in a variety of positions within Accor. The group was consequently awarded the 2012 Corporate Partner Award by the Aboriginal Employment Strategy for its positive contribution to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the local community.