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AccorHotels comes out to support gay marriage

AccorHotels is waving the rainbow flag high and proud after pledging its support for equal marriage in Australia.

AccorHotels is waving the rainbow flag high and proud after pledging its support for equal marriage in Australia.

 

The hotel group joins Qantas and Canberra Airport, as the latest tourism business in the country to join the movement.

In an open letter signed by Chief Operating Officer, Simon McGrath, the group called for the government to pass Australian Marriage Equality, saying an equal society allows employees to function “at their best” and have “genuine connections and emotional experiences” with guests.

He continued, saying it is a priority to ensure the company’s staff and guests feel welcome regardless of their gender, race, religion or sexuality.

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“We are serious about providing our people with equal opportunities and openly pledge our support for marriage equality in Australia.”

Simon McGrath, AccorHotels Chief Operating Officer

He added that embracing diversity and equal opportunities would lead to a positive outcome for all parties, but particularly help employees in career development and decision-making”.

The open letter is just the latest in a series of moves to support staff. Earlier this year, Accor pledged that it would pay and treat women equal to men by reducing the pay gap at its head office and rolling extra training for its male staff.

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The hotel group has also been a huge supporter of the ‘R U OK?’ campaign, which aims to reduce depression and suicide rates around the country. Read on.

Meanwhile, last year Canberra Airport light up its newest terminal in rainbow colours for a week in support of marriage equality and Qantas has long shown its support, with Alan Joyce once saying the carrier has “a huge gay community” and thinks its important for Australia to embrace diversity.

Do you think more tourism businesses should show their support for equality?