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Alumni News by Leif Evensen '66 CHS Europe, Middle East, and Africa celebrates 50 years M Photos by Ivica Cacic, MMH '98 Sonja Cacic gets a warm official welcome from Dean Johnson embers and guests of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region of the Cornell Hotel Society traveled to New York City and Ithaca in early May to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the European chapter. As has long been the tradition, the three-day gathering combined business, education, and lots of conviviality cen- tered around great food and wine. The program started with a visit to New York City on May 5, with accom- modations at the New York Helmsley Hotel. A busy day started with educa- tional visits to two special hotels, begin- ning with the Smyth, a Thompson operation co-owned by Stephen Brandman '85, who was the first president of the London chapter. The group then moved on to a cobbled street in Soho to visit the Crosby Street Hotel, operated by Firmdale, which specializes in individu- ally designed boutique hotels. Two blocks from the Smyth, the group visited Ground Zero. The power of that experience was magnified by the fact that President Barack Obama was due to lay a wreath there later that day to commemorate those who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and to mark the end of Osama bin Laden, who had been killed on May 2. After a traditional New York deli lunch and browsing around the Soho area, we were generously welcomed to a tea tasting by John Harney '56 and son Michael '77, master tea blenders, at their magnificent tea store. Our hosts explained the entire process of produc- ing fine teas, from selecting crops to post-harvest processing. Hotel manager Fran├žois Luigi, IMHI '92 hosted a cocktail reception with wonder- ful hors d'oeuvres at Setai Fifth Avenue. Thanks to Philippe Bijaoui, IMHI '92 for arranging this splendid get-together. With an early bus departure the next morning, this was no late evening, though. On arrival at the Statler Hotel, we received a grand welcome from Statler general manager Rick Adie '75, Dean Michael Johnson, food and beverage manager Nicole Boosembark-Baker '02, and human resources director Rick Kuhar '86. After a fast check-in, everyone moved on to the hotel's Taylor Room for a Mexican fajita buffet. A hectic program awaited us for the next two days, starting with the CHS membership meeting, then an interesting update on the Center for Hotelie 49

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