Marriott International Inc.
) made plans to transfer business services to
) last week. Financial terms were not divulged, and the services
are subject to final contract execution.
Accenture is expected to provide its Finance and Accounting
(F&A) services to Marriott International for 10 full years.
To give a better shape to the services, Accenture will
collaborate with the Marriott Business Services (MBS) unit, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Marriott, engaged in managing F&A
As per Marriott, its MBS unit lacks Accenture's economies of
scale and wide industry exposure. With Accenture's services,
operational costs of managing F&A for the hotels and resorts
under the Marriott-brand will be lowered.
Leveraging MBS' expertise and capabilities, Accenture will form a
new business service: Accenture Hospitality Services (AHS). AHS
will not only serve Marriott but other companies in the
hospitality industry, as well.
Gradual economic recovery has resulted to the upside in the hotel
industry. Industry experts also expect major hoteliers to expand
internationally. Expansions generally complicate management of
business operations across different countries. With AHS,
Accenture will now have a better understanding of the hotel
industry, thus creating room for similar deals in the future.
Over the past few weeks, Accenture has won a number of deals.
Accenture helped Japan-based apparel retailers United Arrows to
develop a new system to manage its merchandise. Apart from this,
Accenture also won a management consulting service contract from
Elm, a Saudi Arabia-based company engaged in providing secure
e-business, IT, project support and government outsourcing
Under the terms of the contract, Accenture will provide
consulting services to Elm's newly set up unit, Elm Learning,
Training & Development Solutions (Elm LTDs). We believe that
all these will drive solid top-line growth.
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