< PrevNext > Sebastien Bazin, AccorHotels chairman & CEO Hotel Company Shapeshifter By Julie Sickel / December 14, 2017 / Contact Reporter Share Typically, one major acquisition can land an executive of that company on BTN's Most Influential list. But AccorHotels chairman and CEO Sebastien Bazin has multiple buys under his belt for 2017 as the organization continues to shift the picture of a what a lodging company can look like.In October, it agreed to purchase France-based business travel solutions and distribution company Gekko Group to broaden Accor's service offerings to business travelers. Gekko serves more than 300 corporate customers and 14,000 travel agencies via subsidiaries including HCorpo, Teldar Travel, Teldar Travel Biz, Infinite Hotel and Miles Attack. Its search and reservations solutions are connected to more than 500,000 hotels globally.Also in October, Accor agreed to acquire Australia's Mantra Group and its more than 20,000 rooms in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. The deal will make Accor the largest hotelier in Australia and give it a greater foothold to capture the country's growing inbound tourism demand, particularly from China. Accor expects the deal will close in the first quarter of 2018. What about when some people want more than just a hotel room?" Earlier this year, the company built on last year's acquisition of Onefinestay—which in concert with Accor's FRHI buy helped land Bazin on BTN's 2016 Most Influential—to purchase Travel Keys, an Atlanta-based company that brokers rentals of private vacation homes. Accor also fully acquired Squarebreak, a Paris-based vacation rental platform in which it had previously held a 49 percent stake. Accor has rolled those two brands under the Onefinestay brand, which now has more than 10,000 properties as of the third quarter. "We need to diversify outside of hotels," Bazin said in February. "We will continue to work in hotels for the next 50 years as we have over the last 50 years. … What about when some people want more than just a hotel room?" Accor remains active in other areas. It acquired channel management solution Availpro to combine with the previously acquired Fastbooking. It is partnering with SNCF to develop the Orient Express brand. It entered a joint venture with Bouygues Immobilier to grow its Nextdoor collaborative workspace platform, similar to WeWork. It acquired VeryChic, which offers discount sales of luxury and upscale hotel rooms on a member-based platform. It's working with Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners to acquire events company Potel & Chabot Group. It is turning over its customer care to concierge service provider John Paul, which it purchased last year, and leveraged John Paul's expertise to launch hotel-provided neighborhood services known as AccorLocal.