Accor co-founder, who brought France US-style hotels, dies

GERARD Pelisson, who co-founded Accor and turned the hotel group into a world leader, has died at 91 after a long illness, his family told AFP today.  

Pelisson created the Accor company together with business partner Paul Dubrule and grew it into the world’s sixth-biggest hotel group with 5,400 hotels in 100 countries under the Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel, Mercure, and Pullman brands.