On May 10th, the New England Chapter held an exciting event celebrating the 90th anniversary of Cornell Hotel Society. The Chapter celebrated the milestone at Boston’s newest Mexican restaurant, Bodega on Canal, with thirty local alumni and their guests.
At reunion on June 8th, Erica Killam ’08 from the CHS Washington DC/Baltimore chapter presented an $8,000 check towards the chapter’s endowed scholarship fund.
On June 1, 2018, the Kansai Chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Cornell Hotel Society at the Kobeya Sylphide restaurant in Osaka. A total of 21 Hotelies and their families were in attendance.
Twenty alumni gathered at the St. Regis Shanghai for lunch on May 19, 2018 to celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Cornell Hotel Society. After lunch, the Hotelies in attendance enjoyed a tour of the property.
On May 30, 2018, the Hong Kong and Macau Chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of the Cornell Hotel Society with a reception and tour of Hong Kong’s newest hotel – The Murray. With an interesting background to the building and its historical preservation, The Murray is a re-purposed commercial building transformed into a boutique 5-star hotel destination in the heart of Central. The project was completed by Foster + Partners.
The Tenth annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards banquet was held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. This year’s Icon Award winner was Arne Sorenson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International. Hotelie Tim Hentschel ’01, Co-Founder and CEO of Hotel Planner, was honored with the Innovator Award.
The Executive Board of CHS presented each award winner with a plate signifying their conferment as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Cornell Hotel Society.
On May 12, 2018, the Collegiate Chapter of the Cornell Hotel Society celebrated the 90th anniversary at CHS at the location of the association’s first meeting – the Memorial Room in Willard Straight Hall. In addition to the live jazz band and CHS/SHA trivia, Raj Chandnani ‘95 and Dean Walsh addressed the students, staff and faculty members that were present.
The event also served as the chapter’s annual Senior Send-Off. The Senior Send-Off is a celebration of the graduating class that brings its students together for superlatives and reminiscing, while also highlighting the benefit of staying involved with the Cornell Hotel Society after graduation.
On May 12 the Nevada chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of CHS at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. The Hotelies in attendance enjoyed passed appetizers and open bar at the beautiful Skyfall lounge. After cocktails, several Hotelies attended a delicious three-course menu full of flavor and surprises at Fleur by Hubert Keller. Special thanks to MGM Resorts for sponsoring the event.
On May 9 the Central Florida Chapter celebrated CHS at 90. The event was held at the Capital Grille in Orlando, FL, where the CHS chapter had use of the Wine Room. Guests were treated to complimentary hor d’oeuvres, which included Wagyu Beef crostini, crab cakes, and lamb chops. The event was a mix of both younger and older classes, and one of the best elements of the event was how well all of the classes mixed and interacted with one another. There was a true sense of excitement and energy within the group, and once all guests were in attendance, chapter President Mike McLaughlin ‘13 made a short speech and toast to CHS’s 90th anniversary. The chef treated us to warm chocolate chip cookies to close the night, which was a great way to end the evening.
On May 12, the Singapore chapter celebrated the 90th anniversary of CHS at the Coriander Leaf Grill & Screening Room where 20 alumni and their families enjoyed an Asian-fusion lunch buffet in a traditional picturesque Singapore shop house on Ang Siang Road, a quiet enclave of shops and restaurants within walking distance from the city’s bustling CBD. Following lunch, alumni enjoyed a game of trivia, consisting of questions related to CHS, Singapore and the hotel industry followed by a lucky draw for the grand prize – a three-night stay at the newly opened Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi in the Maldives.