News for the Hospitality Executive
Relais & Chateaux Adds 34 Privately-Owned Hotels
and Restaurants to its Global Association
|NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2007 - Relais & Chateaux today announced
the addition of 34 new members to the prestigious global association of
470 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 55 countries. The announcement
was made during the association's esteemed annual International Congress
that is taking place in Washington, DC, November 25-28.
The 2008 Relais & Chateaux new members hail from such countries as Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy and the United States. The seven new North American members will bring the total number of Relais & Chateaux properties in the association's North American market to 67.
"We are tremendously proud and honored to welcome 34 outstanding new members to the Relais & Chateaux association," said Jaume Tapies, president of Relais & Chateaux. "Each of these new members exemplifies the association's enduring dedication to quality as well as the 'spirit' that distinguishes the association through the five ideals -- sense of place, harmony, being, personal generosity and fellowship."
To qualify for membership, hotels and restaurants must assemble an application file that testifies to its exclusive nature and makes a case for its adherence to the qualities and ideals that define Relais & Chateaux. These materials are examined to assess the establishment's qualifications. The property is then visited anonymously by an independent evaluation company that reviews hundreds of important criteria, as well as by current Relais & Chateaux member management. Their reports are rigorously reviewed by the Board of Directors and finally, at the annual Board of Directors meeting every year, a decision is made about Relais & Chateaux membership. Typically the process can take up to several years.
In addition to welcoming the association's 34 new members for 2008, the 33rd International Congress of Relais & Chateaux has attracted some 500 of the world's most respected hoteliers and chefs including Patrick O'Connell from the Inn at Little Washington, Thomas Keller of The French Laundry and Per Se and more. During this assemblage, the Congress has also addressed its membership synergies, marketing strategies and strategic partnerships. Participants have attended International Congress events in the National Building Museum, Union Station, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, and the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.
Following is a list of the new 2008 Relais
& Chateaux members:
Relais & Chateaux is an exclusive collection of 470 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 55 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association's mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Furthermore, Relais & Chateaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Chateaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Chateaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and discover a special place in a variety of destinations. The Relais & Chateaux signature reflects this ambition: "ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD." For information or reservations, call 800-735-2478 or consult the Web site at http://www.relaischateaux.com.
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|Also See:||The Relais & Châteaux Association Reorganizes; Appoints Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, Chief Executive Officer / June 2004|