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Hilton, Conrad Nicholson PERSONALITIES

Hilton, Conrad Nicholson

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Conrad Nicholson Hilton, (1887-1979), born in 1887 in San Antonio, New Mexico, was an American entrepreneur. In 1919, he actually wanted to buy a bank. While waiting for a room at the lobby of the Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas, in 1919, he approached the innkeeper and made him an offer.

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Marketing Success: Sisi - the Travelling Empress PERSONALITIES

Marketing Success: Sisi - the Travelling Empress

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Reid's Hotel on the flower island of Madeira, Portugal, had to wait exactly 114 years to get confirmation of what could turn into one of the greatest marketing assets of the next century to come.

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Somerset Maugham arrives at the Oriental PERSONALITIES

Somerset Maugham arrives at the Oriental

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"The hotel faced the river. My room was dark, one of a long line, with a verandah on each side of it, the breeze blew through, but it was stifling. The dining-room was large and dim, and for coolness"

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Bond of Brothers — the First Asian Hotel Chain PERSONALITIES

Bond of Brothers — the First Asian Hotel Chain

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Arriving from Armenia, settling on the island of Penang, the Sarkies created the first Asian hotel chain — The Story of A Family

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Bristol - who or what’s behind the popular hotel name HOTELS

Bristol - who or what’s behind the popular hotel name

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The Earl of Bristol has nothing to do with the city of Bristol. All hotels called Bristol have! Soon we realised that this was a dilemma all Bristol hotels around the world suffered from. They all told the same story.

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Artist: Oskar Kokoschka at The Savoy PERSONALITIES

Artist: Oskar Kokoschka at The Savoy

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Austrian painter Oskar Kokoschka spent considerable time in London at The Savoy, where he created some of his most famous London works.

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Around the World in 80 Hotels (3) PERSONALITIES

Around the World in 80 Hotels (3)

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Italy, as a classic tourist destination, is home to many grand hotels; from Venice's Danieli to Florence, where I stayed at the Grand Hotel while writing its history for my book Grand Hotel Florence, co-authored by my friend, English historian Thomas Cane.

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Frank Meier meets Berry Wall PERSONALITIES

Frank Meier meets Berry Wall

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Back when cocktails were a serious part of life, a man named Frank Meier held sway over the bar at the Ritz in Paris.

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Bucher and Durrer PERSONALITIES

Bucher and Durrer

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The Forming of the Bucher-Durrer Hospitality Empire — Franz Josef Bucher and Josef Durrer were among Europe’s leading hotel pioneers in the second half of the nineteenth century.

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