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André P. Gerondeau, Sol Meliá Hotels & Resort's EVP for Central and North America, Named “Corporate Hotel Director
for 2003” by the Mexican Association of Hotels
MIAMI (Dec.10, 2003) – André P. Gerondeau, Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts executive vice president for Central and North America was named “Corporate Hotel Director for 2003” recently by the Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels and the editorial board of Mexico’s prestigious “Alta Hoteleria” magazine. The National Diamante Award, given annually in three distinct categories, was created to honor Mexico hotel executives, based on stringent criteria set forth by the publication’s editorial board and the Board of executive directors of the Hotel Association. 

Gerondeau was presented the coveted award by Mexico’s Tourism Secretary Rodolfo Elizondo, Manuel Andrade Governor of Tabasco and Miguel Torruco, president of the Mexico Hotel and Motel Association, at the Association’s annual meeting held in Villahermosa, Tabasco on Nov. 27, 2003.

He was cited for his global vision and professionalism in leading Sol Meliá’s 11 Mexico based hotels and resorts. In addition to that charge, he oversees the operations of 10 other hotels in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, the Dominican Republic and the soon-to-be-opened Puerto Rico and Chicago properties.

Growing up in Mexico for 20 years, Gerondeau, a self-professed “Frenchman with a Mexican soul,” noted that the Diamante Award should be viewed as a composite honor. 

“This isn’t just about us,” he said. “It’s been our objective that Sol Meliá be perceived as a Mexican chain in terms of commitment to the community, to society and to the national market. It’s because of the strength of Mexico, the warmth of its people and the beauty of its natural wonders that we can be so successful here.” 

The son of a career hotelier, Philippe Gerondeau, he developed a passion for the hotel industry at an early age. “I would accompany my father on his rounds before going to school everyday,” he remembered. “I was fascinated by the world of hotels and I learned about excellent service and about the guests – and how important it was to take good care of them.” 

Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts has four brands – Meliá Hotels, Tryp Hotels, Sol Hotels and Paradisus Resorts – with more than 350 hotels in more than 30 countries worldwide. 


Michelle Richmond
(305) 350-9828 ext. 115
Also See: Mexican Association of Hotels and Motels Makes Pitch to Legalize Casinos at Destination Resorts / Oct 2001

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