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Hotel Rewards Local Heroes at Anniversary Event
The ibis London Gatwick welcomed charity groups, civic and business leaders to sample the de-lights of the newly refurbished hotel on Sunday at a special charity event to mark the 50th anniversary of Accor, owners of the Ibis brand’s 4,200 strong global hotel portfolio.
Hotel general manager Marnix Teeken and his team launched Accor’s unique #Welcome Heroes campaign, marking this epic milestone by donating pledges of 50 overnight stays at the hotel to local charities as a gesture of support to community groups including Carers Support, Friends of Crawley Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Society,
“We are thrilled to be able to mark this special ‘birthday by extending our hospitality to such worthwhile causes,” explained Marnix. “The hotel is very much part of the Crawley community and we wanted to acknowledge this by offering the hotel overnight stays to the charities.”
Amongst those attending the launch party were the Mayor and Mayoress of Crawley, Councillor Brian and Mrs Sue Quinn, along with Paul Callingham, Managing Director of Starboard Hotels who own the Ibis Gatwick, plus representatives from local charities and businesses including Steve Sawyer Executive Director of Manor Royal Business Improvement District.
Guests were shown around the hotel which has just completed a comprehensive refurbishment programme and were able to enjoy hospitality in the hotel’s new look restaurant. “It was a really special event and marked another important landmark as the Mayor, Councillor Quinn, explained to our guests that Crawley is in fact celebrating its 70th anniversary this year after being designated a new town in 1947,” said Marnix.
“I recently joined the Manor Royal Business Improvement District conference with 130 delegates from local businesses and was very impressed with their achievements since 2013,” added Marnix. “One of the projects of the BID which helps the local community is their conservation part-nership with Sussex Wildlife Trust. We are also keen to progress our community work with local groups and hope to build on our #Welcome Heroes project in the future.”