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AccorHotels invites students to participate in its International challenge ‘Take Off! 2016’

AccorHotels inspires next generation of hospitality leaders with competition to revolutionise F&B concepts


AccorHotels is inviting students currently enrolled at any tertiary school to develop ground-breaking Food & Beverage concepts as part of the group’s fifth annual international challenge for students; “Take Off! 2016”.

Invent a new F&B concept that will revolutionise AccorHotels restaurants’ offer and you stand the chance to travel to Paris to present your ideas and possibly win the trip of a lifetime to the European destination of your choice.

Each year AccorHotels designs a theme to inspire students and this year’s theme is F&B, with food having been identified as the number one motivator for travellers. AccorHotels has been radically overhauling its F&B strategy with bold concepts, a fresh approach to restaurant spaces and a reconsideration of everything for the pleasure of its guests.

This contest is limited to the first 300 teams (3 students per team) that register online. Working in groups of three, students will have until 13 April 2016 to register by posting a photomontage on

The public can vote for their favourite concept between 14th to 28th April 2016, with the top 50 shortlisted teams whittled down to 15 teams by a jury of industry professionals and AccorHotels employees.

In the next round, these15 teams will be asked to illustrate their concepts with videos and explain them during a Skype interview.

Five groups will participate in the grand finale in Paris on 22nd June 2016. The team with the best concept will win a stay in the European or Mediterranean city of their choice.

Will they do better than last year? In 2015, nearly 500 participants from 69 schools and universities in 19 countries took part in this adventure. For five years, the passionate talents of tomorrow have been participating in “Take Off!”an ideal way to build lasting ties with future employees from various educational backgrounds.

For more information about this contest, please visit


AccorHotels is a Group united by a shared passion for hospitality and driven by a shared promise to make everyone Feel Welcome. Over 190,000 women and men in almost 3,900 AccorHotels establishments look after thousands of guests every day in 92 countries. AccorHotels is the world’s leading hotel operator and offers its customers, partners and employees:

  • Its dual expertise as a hotel operator and franchisor (HotelServices) and a hotel owner and investor (HotelInvest);
  • A large portfolio of internationally renowned brands covering the full spectrum, with luxury (Sofitel, Pullman, MGallery, Grand Mercure, The Sebel), midscale (Novotel, Suite Novotel, Mercure, Mama Shelter, Adagio) economy (ibis, ibis Styles, ibis budget, adagio access and hotelF1) establishments;
  • A powerful marketplace and loyalty program Le Club AccorHotels
  • Almost half a century of commitment to corporate citizenship and solidarity with the PLANET 21 program.

Accor SA shares are listed on the Euronext Paris exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and traded in the USA on the OTC marketplace (Code: ACRFY)

Press Contacts


Amisha Gutgutia

Communications & Loyalty Programme Manager – AccorHotels India

+91 9899700171

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