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Accor surprises Sydney healthcare workers with a well-deserved break

The largest hotel operator in the Pacific has shown its appreciation of over 2,000 Aussie healthcare workers for providing care and compassion to patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.

At a time when the hospitality industry has been devastated by the impact of COVID-19, Accor surprised 2,000 healthcare workers at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney this morning with a luxury break.

The ‘Healthcare Heroes’ (which encompass all workers at the hospital, from doctors and nurses, to cleaners and administration), were astonished to be told live on air by Sunrise weatherman Sam Mac that they will have the opportunity to spend the night in one of Accor’s 360 hotels of their choice.

Not stopping there, Accor also awarded a major prize to one incredibly special Healthcare Hero – Amy Matthew, an operational nurse unit manager at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney.

The prize package includes a seven-night family escape for four people to any Australian destination including flights, accommodation and an Accor Plus membership.

Matthew (pictured above) was nominated by for the instrumental role she played in the hospital’s COVID-19 response and her unwavering dedication to making a positive impact in the community.

These announcements were the conclusion of a two-week activation by Accor to thank and applaud the work, care and commitment that healthcare heroes give to communities.

The campaign also saw an additional 100 Healthcare Heroes from across Australia recognised with an overnight stay and an Accor Plus membership.

Credit: Accor/James Gourley

Accor’s chief operating officer for the Pacific, Simon McGrath, said: “We are immensely grateful for the care shown by healthcare workers. They are the true soldiers on the frontline and, day after day, they dedicate their lives to caring for others.”

“We wanted to recognise the important work they do in an authentic way, so we built this initiative which is centred around sharing and acknowledging their stories, contributions and triumphs.

“Our industry acknowledges the important role healthcare professionals play, and their contribution and support is critical to us as we move through this health and economic crisis.

“While we lead the way in tourism, we will never forget our healthcare workers. Now it is time to let our hotel teams look after them.”

St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney CEO Anthony Schembri said: “We are surprised and delighted that our hard-working teams have been recognised this way by Accor.

“Every day, I am inspired by the courage, effort, talent and kindness I see from our teams. I couldn’t be more proud to see them enjoy a well-deserved break in a luxury hotel.”

Accor is currently offering exclusive rates for all healthcare workers, firefighters, and emergency service workers and volunteers in need of a break.


Featured image: Accor/James Gourley

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