Hervé Houdré is among Europe’s and America’s most respected hoteliers. He was born in an inn in France’s historic Loire Valley, known for its Renaissance architecture, lush gardens and world-famous wineries. Hervé Houdré managed such properties as the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, New York, the Hôtel de Crillon and Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, the Willard InterContinental in Washington DC, the InterContinental Barclay in New York and held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Kempinski Hotels and Resorts.
Houdré was recognized as the 2006 Independent Hotelier of the World by HOTELS magazine readers.
A leader in sustainability, in 2006 he published Sustainable Hospitality© – Sustainable Development in the Hotel Industry, a white paper promoted by Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research. He co-edited a book, Hotel Sustainable Development: Principles and Best Practices, published in 2011 by American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute. Hervé’s efforts and passion to promote sustainability in his industry have been highlighted across a wide spectrum of media in the US and abroad. He teaches Responsible Tourism at New York University, and has lectured at New York Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Tourism College of Zhejiang, China and in trade conferences such as the New York Hotel Show, America’s Lodging Investment Summit and many others.
“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.”
“Whatever you do is insignificant, but it is important that you do it.”
“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”.
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not every man’s greed.”
“If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.”
“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
“The path is the goal.”
“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.”
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
“The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.”
“I slept and dreamt life is beauty, I woke and found life is duty.”
“I hate to tell but now is all there ever is.”
“To be a man is to be responsible. It is to feel, when setting one's stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world”.
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."