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Jaumé Tapies Elected President of the Relais & Châteaux, 
Outgoing President, Régis Bulot Served for 18 years
NEW YORK –  November 2005 –  In an overwhelming demonstration of its international flavor, Relais & Châteaux members today elected Jaumé Tapies as the new President, their first non-French President in its fifty-two year history. Taking place during the Association’s International Congress in Geneva, the election, resoundingly won with a vote of 88 %, heralded a new era for Relais & Châteaux.

Outgoing President, Régis Bulot, President for the past 18 years, commented, “Jaumé Tapies is a consummate hotelier and professional who has been heavily involved in the Association for over 10 years.  I am confident that he will successfully meld our commitment to the highest quality with the changes necessitated by rapidly evolving technology and competition.”

Jaumé Tapies, 37 years old and fluent in 7 languages, owns El Castel in Spain, a Michelin-rated property nestled in the Pyrenees. He has spent 12 years on the Board of Directors, the past 8 as its Secretary. Commenting on the election, Tapies declared, “My objective is to maximize the potential of our formidable membership and ensure our continued success as the most highly-respected Association in the world today. Régis Bulot masterfully coordinated the development of this organization, and I shall strive to carry on that tradition of excellence.”

Relais & Châteaux is the prestigious global association of 453 privately owned hotels and acclaimed restaurants of charm and prestige in 50 countries around the world. Founded in France and headquartered in Paris, the association serves as an ambassador for the French “art de vivre” and the highest culinary standards. Each establishment embodies the association’s quality charter of the five “C’s” - Courtesy, Charm, Character, Calm and Cuisine. 


Brenda Homick
Relais & Châteaux North America
T. (212) 319-4880 x 205

Also See: The Relais & Châteaux Association Reorganizes; Appoints Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, Chief Executive Officer / June 2004


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