|Paris - 03/31/1999 - As recognition of their great achievement
in and contributions to the lodging industry, Paul Dubrule and Gerard Pelisson,
co-founders and co-chairmen of the Accor Supervisory Board, have been selected
for induction into the Hospitality Industry Hall of Honor and Archives.
Established in 1995, the Hall of Honor recognizes those leaders in the industry who have made major lifetime contributions and advancements to the profession. This honor roll of the most elite in the business was created with the support of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the participation of the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel and Motel Association. In 1996, the International Hotel & Motel Association and the Travel Industry Association of America joined in support of the Hall of Honor.
Dubrule and Pelisson are credited with creating and leading Paris-based Accor, an international icon in lodging, travel, and business services. Together, they have built one of the largest hospitality companies in the world through extensive new brand development, acquisitions, and joint ventures.
Accor, the European and worldwide leader of travel, tourism and business services in the hospitality industry provides its services throughout the world :
Accor’s many accomplishments have been recently documented in a new book, Never Take No for an Answer: The Untold Story of Accor, by Virginie Luc.
Past Hall of Honor inductees have included such lodging industry elite as Conrad N. Hilton, J. Willard Marriott Sr. and Jr., and Walt Disney.
“We are deeply honored by this recognition, and are proud to be in the category of such great leaders in our industry,” Dubrule said. And, Pelisson added: “We plan to continue to keep Accor one of the most significant hospitality lodging leaders well into the next century and beyond.”
The selection criteria for induction into the Hall of Honor include the following: outstanding leadership, the founding of a major hospitality enterprise, being an innovator and trendsetter, devotion to the industry, and impacting/furthering the lodging industry.
“We recognize Dubrule’s and Pelisson’s substantial contributions to the global hospitality industry during their outstanding period of leadership,” said Dr. Ronald Nykiel, chairman of the Hall of Honor. “They have demonstrated imagination, helped grow the industry, and provided examples that every aspiring industry leader can learn from and strive toward.”
Dubrule and Pelisson will be officially inducted on Oct. 13, 1999 at the Hall’s annual ceremony in Houston. The Hall of Honor and Archives are housed at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.