A graduate of the Le Cordon Bleu Adelaide class of ’07, Myles Carr is now Franchise Operations Manager - NSW for AccorHotels, looking after 26 hotels across the region. He says his degree provided him with the foundation skills to feel confident to put up his hand up for the position.
‘If someone had told me that eight years after graduating I would have worked in six or seven hotels, with each position different and better than the previous, I would never have believed them’, says Myles Carr.
In his current role, he is AccorHotels’ representative for the New South Wales region, which oversees a portfolio of 26 hotels. It involves: integrating new hotels into the network; providing assistance to franchisees for sales and marketing, revenue management, procurement and Accor-related systems; and assisting management in the continued growth of the network.
He was previously Multi Hotel Revenue Manager for Accor Sydney Olympic Park Hotels (2014-2016), where he managed annual top line revenue in excess of $50 million. In addition, he was on the committee in charge of 200 plus staff and responsible for recruiting, training and developing the next generation of revenue management professionals.
For two years prior to that he was in the same role, but at the iconic Pier One Sydney and Harbour Rocks Hotel, overseeing the transition of both properties from Mirvac to the Accor model. Further, repositioning the Harbour Rocks Hotel as an MGallery by Sofitel property.
He started out as a hotel consultant with Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality, before moving to various positions at the Menzies Hotel Sydney; the Swiss Grand Bondi Beach; Mercure Sydney;Ibis World Square & Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains; and Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific.
He says whatever your position, there is always a need to listen, learn and question.
Get a mentor you respect and make sure you catch up with them every two months and to continually reskill, retrain and re-educate
Myles aspires to be a general manager sometime in the future, ‘I know what is required of the role and with my previous experiences and future opportunities I will develop the required skills to one day succeed.
Adelaide born and educated (at St Peter’s College), Myles found out about Le Cordon Bleu at a Careers Fair. Now based in Sydney, he returns home frequently, to catch up with friends and colleagues.