Global hotel and hospitality group Accor has announced it is collaborating with Microsoft on the of launch ALL CONNECT, a hybrid meetings concept supported by Microsoft Teams.
Currently over half (55%) of Accor hotels with meeting rooms are providing hybrid meetings solutions to their clients. Launching in April 2021, the new ALL CONNECT concept will signify a resetting of the Accor hybrid meeting experience bar.
Accor says its target is to ensure all of its hotels with meeting rooms comply with the new hybrid meetings standard by 2022 across all brands worldwide. In Accor meeting spaces, Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub 2S will connect people on-site to those joining remotely with top-quality audio and video device experiences.
The concept will focus primarily on small meetings (8 to 50 physical participants) and customers will benefit from the expertise of dedicated Accord meeting and events teams and a digital booking platform. Attendees can also expect ALLSAFE expert vetted protocol sanitary and safety measures co-developed with Bureau Veritas.
Research by Accor shows that 50% of physical meetings planned by the company’s Meetings & Events customers in 2021 will switch to virtual formats.
Furthermore, sector analysis shows that the trend towards remote events and meetings is likely to endure beyond the pandemic even as corporate budgets return to pre-Covid levels.
Patrick Mendes, group chief commercial officer, said: “ALL CONNECT is another example of Accor responding rapidly to the ongoing crisis following on from the launch of ALLSAFE and the rollout of Hotel Office & co-working concepts. We are delighted to launch this collaboration with Microsoft, knowing that Teams has become a new way to work for 115 million daily users who come together every day to meet, call, chat, and collaborate.”
Jean-Philippe Courtois, executive vice president and president, Microsoft global sales, marketing & operation, said: “The future of work is hybrid, and the services and experiences which organisations offer their customers will reflect this… We are proud to collaborate with Accor on ALL CONNECT, helping their customers stay connected wherever they are.”