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Eric O. Long, New York City's Waldorf=Astoria’s General Manager,
Awarded the Lifetime Excellence Award by FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence

NEW YORK– (February 9, 2011) – The Waldorf=Astoria’s general manager, Eric O. Long, has been awarded the Lifetime Excellence Award presented by the Fred Tibbitts & Associates (FTA) Hospitality Awards for Excellence.

Since his 1994 arrival, Long has embraced his role as general manager with drive and determination that cultivated exceptional results.  His inspiring leadership and long list of accomplishments has culminated in a rare two-fold achievement.  Long has maintained and elevated the landmark hotel’s stature as one of the world’s most prestigious and sought-after properties, while making significant strides in securing it an equally grand future.

“Eric’s name in the hotel industry is synonymous with the world-class quality and service that The Waldorf=Astoria is renowned for and we are thrilled that he has been honored with this Lifetime Excellence Award,” said Barry Lewin, senior vice president of hotel operations, Hilton Worldwide.  “Eric has built a reputation and legacy that is unparalleled in his field.  His dedication and focus on establishing superlative customer service at the Waldorf=Astoria is legendary, and over the last 17 years in his position as general manager, developed and mentored an impressive array of hospitality management professionals that is unrivalled by any other hotel.”

The 2011 FTA Hospitality Awards for Excellence honorees will be recognized at the 15th annual FTA spring dinner with all of the U.S.-based recipients present to express their appreciation.  The awards will be presented at the 2011 FTA NYC fall awards dinner on Tuesday, November 15th.

Fred Tibbitts & Associates is the only global national accounts agency developing beer, wine & spirits programs for chain hotels and restaurant organizations. In addition, FTA is the industry’s pre-eminent, global facilitator, bringing the best values in beverage products and the brightest advancements of every kind to national account corporate and division office decision-makers worldwide.

About The Waldorf=Astoria:
The Waldorf=Astoria, an official New York City landmark since 1993, has been an internationally recognized symbol of elegance and grace for more than 100 years.  As such the Art Deco masterpiece, occupying an entire city block of midtown Manhattan, is at the epicenter of the city’s cultural, commercial, social and political life.  A grand hotel in the grandest of traditions, with cosmopolitan restaurants, bustling lounges and bars, more than 60,000 square feet of high-tech equipped function space, state-of-the-art business center and intriguing boutiques, The Waldorf is a microcosm of the city it has served so well for so long.  The Waldorf=Astoria is a member of The Waldorf Astoria Collection™, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Hilton Worldwide.  Call 1-800-WALDORF or visit for more information..

About Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
WALDORF ASTORIA is Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand of landmark hotels, with each one as singular and timeless as the brand’s namesake, The Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York. From classic elegance to modern grandeur, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts each represent worldly sophistication and unparalleled guest service. From sumptuous spas and culinary excellence to world-class golf, each hotel and resort offers the exquisite accommodations and signature accoutrements that define refinement and sophistication. Discover Waldorf Astoria by visiting Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, one of Hilton Worldwide’s ten market-leading brands.

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