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I wrote the following questions in some of my earliest columns in the period from 1990-2000. So far, no pertinent answers have been forthcoming:
Incidentally, these questions originally appeared in the Cornell Quarterly, World’s-Eye View on Hospitality Trends (Northern Arizona University), e-hospitality.com, Hotel Interactive and Hotel-Online.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE:
My new book “Built To Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels in New York” will be published before the end of the year. The circumstances that enabled many of the thirty-two hotels featured in this book to survive more than one hundred years are both surprising and unexpected.
If you want to reserve an autographed copy, send me an email with your mailing address. I will notify you the when the book is published and available.
In 2009 Stanley Turkel, published his classic book, Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry. It contains 359 pages, 25 illustrations and 16 chapters. It also has a foreword (by Stephen Rushmore), preface, introduction, bibliography and index.
Ed Watkins, Editor of Lodging Hospitality wrote, “The lodging industry typically doesn’t spend a lot of time considering its past. Some may find that odd since compared to many other businesses (computers, automobiles, aircraft), the hotel business is one of oldest if not the oldest, in the history of man. That changed recently with the publication of….. Great American Hoteliers: Pioneers of the Hotel Industry, a fascinating and entertaining series of profiles of 16 men who author Stanley Turkel argues were the builders of the modern American hotel industry. That’s significant because due to the efforts of these titans (and others, of course), the American style of hotelkeeping long surpassed the European tradition that reigned for centuries.
Some of the profiles contain cover names (Hilton, Marriott, Johnson, Wilson) familiar to even casual students of hotel or U.S. history. Sadly, just one of the pioneers covered the book (John Q. Hammons) is still alive and active in the industry. To me, the more interesting tales cover hoteliers about whom I knew little before reading this book but now have a great appreciation for their contributions.
The most compelling story focuses on Kanjibhai Manchhubhai Patel who Turkel identifies as the first Indian-American hotelier. K. M. Patel arrived in San Francisco in 1923 and soon began operating a small residential hotel in the city. The rest, as they say, is history; Today, Indian-American hoteliers dominate the industry with their trade association, AAHOA, recently surpassing 10,000 members. As Turkel says, this community represents a true American success story.
To order the book, go to www.greatamericanhoteliers.com. “I heartily recommend it.”