Accor has been appointed to manage the famed Crocodile Hotel in Australia’s Kakadu National Park.
Effective 1 April 2014, Accor will take the reins of the hotels from IHG, plus its sister property, the Cooinda Lodge.
The 110-room Crocodile Hotel, which is shaped like a crocodile, is located at Jabiru, 2.5 hours drive southeast of Darwin. It features a large swimming pool and conference space for up to 250 delegates. The Cooinda Lodge meanwhile, is located next to the Yellow Water Billabong and includes 48 rooms and a large camp site.
The two hotels were the first major tourism properties developed in Australia by an indigenous organisation.
“We look forward to welcoming Accor to our Kakadu properties,” said chairman of Kakadu Tourism, Rex Wild. “What particularly attracted us to Accor is its championing of indigenous employment, which is a fundamental objective of the operation of the two properties.
“We already have extensive involvement of indigenous Australians in our tourism operations, but we believe we can increase the development of long-term sustainable careers as a result of our association with Accor.”
Accor now operates 195 hotels in Australia, including seven in the Northern Territory.