Simon McGrath is the Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Pacific responsible for over 385 hotels, 53,000 rooms and 21,000 employees in the Pacific region.
Simon has had an extensive and highly respected career in the hotel sector having worked in executive management positions throughout Australia in key cities and iconic destinations. In addition to his local experience, Simon has worked throughout Asia in key locations including Malaysia and Thailand.
In addition to his role as Chief Operating Officer for AccorHotels Pacific, Simon holds the following Directorship Roles:
- Director of AAPC Limited
- Director of Accor Vacation Club (AVC)
- Director for Reef Casino Trust
Simon also currently holds positions on the following industry Boards:
- Deputy Chairman of Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF)
- Deputy President, Accommodation Association
- Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School Industry Advisory Board
In 2018, Simon participated in a special Taskforce for the NSW Government – Visitor Economy Taskforce.
Outside of tourism and hospitality, Simon holds the position of Independent Director of Genesis Care (leading healthcare company).
Simon has played a major advocacy role in advancing Indigenous employment in hospitality and wider economic employment. He has also championed and taken a lead role to greatly improve gender diversity in the tourism sector.
Simon has been recognised for his contribution to the hospitality industry with numerous individual and company awards of excellence. He was awarded Australasian Hotelier of the Year in 2009 and again recently in 2017 and 2018 at the HM (Hotel Management) Awards. Also at the HM Awards, AccorHotels was named Best Accommodation Chain 2013. In addition, Simon received a Gold Bernache, the highest accolade for AccorHotels globally, for Performance in 2012.