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.He has enjoyed a rewarding hospitality career managing prestigious hotels such as the Plaza Athénée-New York, the Hôtel de Crillon-Paris, the Plaza Athénée-Paris, the Willard InterContinental-Washington D.C. and the InterContinental Barclay-New York.
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 has lectured at New York University, New York Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Tourism College of Zhejiang and in trade conferences such as the New York Hotel Show, America’s Lodging Investment Summit and many others.
His leadership earned him the 2009 Condé Nast Traveler World Saver Award, the D.C. Downtown Citizen award and the D.C. Chamber of Commerce 2009 award.
Hervé has been one of the world’s strongest advocates of sustainable hospitality since 2004. He ensures the hotels he runs become standard bearers of a business model integrating the Triple Bottom Line of Profit, People and Planet in their strategy. Since late 2015 he has been using the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals as a platform for the hotels he manages. He has always been engaged in the local community where he has operated and held board positions in various associations such as New York State Hotel Association, United Nations International School, American Hotel & Lodging Association, Downtown D.C. BID, Global Sustainable Tourism Council. He was the Chairman of the Board of the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) and serves on the Board and Executive Committee of NYC & Company where he chairs the sustainability committee.
“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”
“The path is the goal.”
“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”.
“I hate to tell but now is all there ever is.”
“The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.”
“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.”
“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
“I slept and dreamt life is beauty, I woke and found life is duty.”
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs but not every man’s greed.”
“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.”
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye”.
“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
“If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.”
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
“Whatever you do is insignificant, but it is important that you do it.”
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."