US: Omer Acar has been named CEO of Raffles and Orient Express at Accor, effective 1 March 2023.
Based in New York, Acar will report directly to Accor’s CEO Sébastien Bazin on the luxury and lifestyle executive committee. Acar will also represent Accor in the North American market.
Joining from Katara Hospitality where he most recently served as managing director for Europe and the Americas, Acar had previously worked with Raffles in 2011 at Royal Monceau. Other brands Acar has held positions with include Four Seasons in the US and Egypt, Harrods in London, and The Ritz in Paris.
Accor‘s worldwide portfolio comprises 5,300 properties and 10,000 food and beverage venues throughout 110 countries. The group encompasses more than 40 luxury, premium, midscale and economy hotel brands, entertainment and nightlife venues, restaurants and bars, branded private residences, shared accommodation properties, concierge services, co-working spaces and more.
The lifestyle division of Accor is headed up by Ennismore, a joint venture in which Accor owns a majority shareholding. Ennismore’s in-house design studio has recently rebranded to AIME Studios.
Last year, BHN spoke with Agnès Roquefort, CDO at Accor, about the growth of the group’s lifestyle and luxury portfolio, including the signing of Orient Express Venice.