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EXECUTIVES FROM HILTON INTERNATIONAL, THE GREENBRIER WIN 1993 'HOTELIERS OF THE WORLD' HONORS

 CHICAGO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- HOTELS, the business magazine of the global hotel industry, today honored two executives for their leadership and contribution to the worldwide hotel and tourism industries.
 Michael Hirst, chairman and chief executive of Hilton International, was honored as the 1993 "Corporate Hotelier Of the World," and Ted Kleisner, president and managing director of The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, as 1993's "Independent Hotelier Of the World." The announcement was made at the International Hotel Association's Annual Congress in Seville.
 The awards program was created "to recognize individuals who have contributed the most to the hotel industry by defining standards of service and performance," according to HOTELS Editor in Chief James Carper.
 Since becoming chairman of Hilton International in 1990, Hirst has shown a keen eye for striking business deals; an understanding of the details of the hotel industry; financial prowess; and a dual commitment to employee well-being and to guest satisfaction. For these reasons, the readers of HOTELS have selected Hirst as the 14th "Corporate Hotelier Of The World."
 Hilton International, a division of London-based Ladbroke Group PLC, operates more than 53,000 guest rooms in 164 hotels in 48 countries. By the end of the decade, Hirst says he expects to have a portfolio of 200 hotels and resorts. Currently under development are 14 hotels including those in Egypt, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom.
 Hilton is watching its costs by using technology, employing better purchasing techniques and combining job responsibilities. Yet Hirst is mindful that a hotelier must provide the necessary guest services.
 "You must have a good balance," Hirst says. "And a hotel chain must provide the necessary infrastructure for learning. Hilton runs a business program to teach its executives the skills of managing, motivating and assessing staff."
 Previous recipients of the "Corporate Hotelier Of The World" award are:
 1992 Juergen Bartels, Carlson Hospitality Group, Minneapolis
 1991 Horst H. Schulze, Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., Atlanta
 1990 Bernd Chorengel, Hyatt International, Chicago
 Darryl Hartley-Leonard, Hyatt Hotels Corp., Chicago
 1989 John Kapioltas, ITT Sheraton Corp., Boston
 1988 Isadore Sharp, Four Seasons Hotels, Toronto
 1987 Robert Burns, Regent International Hotels, Hong Kong
 1986 J. Willard Marriott Jr., Marriott Corp., Washington, D.C.
 1985 Howard P. James, ITT Sheraton Corp., Boston
 1984 Hans Sternik, Inter-Continental Hotels Corp., London
 1983 M.S. Oberoi, Oberoi Hotels, Delhi
 1982 Lord Forte, Trusthouse Forte Plc (now Forte Plc), London
 1981 Paul Dubrule and Gerard Pelisson, Accor, Paris
 1980 Friedrich Jahn, Wienerwald International, Feusisberg,
 Switzerland
 The `Independent Hotelier Of The World'
 Ted Kleisner, age 49, has the dual responsibility of maintaining the traditions of a 215-year-old resort while making sure it meets the needs of business and leisure guests into the 21st century. He does both extremely well, and quite profitably, too. For these reasons, the readers of HOTELS selected Ted J. Kleisner the eighth "Independent Hotelier Of The World."
 "Ted is a hotelier's hotelier," says a fellow hotelier. Says another: "He has the combined instincts of a shrewd businessman and the heart of a true innkeeper."
 Kleisner did not establish The Greenbrier. That was done long ago in 1778. "We're two years younger than the nation," he says as a way to put the place into context. But since his stewardship began in 1989, he has expanded the conference facilities, turned the shopping arcade into $7 million a year retail entity, embarked on a venture to license The Greenbrier name in Japan and developed programs to respond to changing markets.
 Calling The Greenbrier "a resort" hardly describes the place. It features its own fire department, movie theater, travel agency and cooking school. The Greenbrier, with its 650 guest rooms, 51 suites and 69 cottages, has 70,000 square feet (6,300 square meters) of meeting space and a 19,000-square-foot (1,710 square meters) exhibit hall, a 30,000-square-foot (2,700 square meters) health clinic, 15 outdoor and five indoor tennis courts, a spa, beauty salon and 54 holes of golf on three courses (a fourth is under development, along with a golf academy). The retail arcade has 34 shops.
 Previous recipients of the "Independent Hotelier Of The World" award are:
 1992 Carmen Bucher Wirth, Hotel Hassler, Rome
 1991 Ted Wright, The Cloister, Sea Island, Ga.
 1990 Jack Vaughn, Opryland Hotel, Nashville, Tenn.
 1989 Christopher B. Hemmeter, Hemmeter Corp., Honolulu
 1988 Ichiro Inumaru, Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
 1987 Helge Holgersen, Grand Hotel, Oslo
 1986 James A. Nassikas, Stanford Court Hotel, San Francisco
 HOTELS is a business magazine for the global hotel industry. It is published monthly with a circulation of 59,000 hoteliers in more than 160 countries. HOTELS is published by Cahners Publishing Co./Chicago Division, which is located in Des Plaines, Ill.
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 /CONTACT: James Carper, editor in chief of HOTELS magazine, 708-390-2112, or fax, 708-635-6856/


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