AccorHotels appoints a whopping six new Aussie general managers

Mass celebrations all round for AccorHotels this morning!

They’re welcoming in a huge six new general managers to their Australian hotels today amongst what we can only assume is a series of lavish champagne parties to celebrate these fresh faces!

We’re still waiting for our invite but until then we’ll have to make do with the two-week-old wine we found in the back of the office fridge.


Check out all the new folk taking up the reins at some of Australia’s most swanky hotels:


Michael Thomas re-joins AccorHotels as General Manager of Pullman and Mercure Melbourne Albert Park.  Michael first joined AccorHotels as the acting General Manager of Novotel Lotus Bangkok and went on to manage Sofitel Shanghai, Sofitel Raja Orchid Thailand, and was the Executive General Manager of Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square and Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. Michael was a recipient of the prestigious Accor Bernache award in 2005.

John Korkou has been appointed General Manager of The Hotel Lindrum, MGallery by Sofitel. John began with AccorHotels in 2008 as a key member of the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins sales team, working across various roles before holding his most recent position of Director of Sales & Marketing at The Como Melbourne, MGallery by Sofitel.

Andrew Dvash has been appointed General Manager of Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens. Andrew joins the Mercure Melbourne Treasury Gardens team from Ibis Budget Melbourne CBD, where he previously held the position of General Manager, since January 2017.

Stephen Wellsteed has been appointed General Manager, Novotel Twin Waters. Starting his hospitality career as a Head Porter at Daydream Island Resort, Stephen has held numerous Front Office management positions. His most recent position was General Manager at Mercure Townsville.

Scott Eger has been appointed General Manager, Novotel Sydney Darling Square. With an extensive Food & Beverage background, Scott has held many management positions at hotels including Hayman Island and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Dubai, before joining AccorHotels in 2012 as Director of Food & Beverage at Pullman Reef Hotel Casino. In 2016, Scott moved to Sofitel Sydney Wentworth as Director of Food & Beverage where he was then promoted into his recent role as Hotel Manager.

Christopher Chaffe has been appointed General Manager, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. Christopher has an extensive Food & Beverage background working for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Cairns International Hotel, Pullman Sea Temple Resort & Spa and Rydges Esplanade. In 2010, Christopher moved into Business Development roles with Fosters/Treasury Wine Estates and Diageo before returning back to AccorHotels in 2016 as Director of Food & Beverage at Pullman Reef Hotel Casino.