French Quarter Holdings Becomes Corporate Partner of Cornell Center for Hospitality Research

Aug 18, 2009

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French Quarter Holdings Becomes Corporate Partner of Cornell Center for Hospitality Research

Ithaca, NY, August 18, 2009 – French Quarter Holdings Inc., the Houston-based, privately held hotel development firm, has announced its partnership with Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research. French Quarter CEO Ra'anan (Ronnie) Ben-Zur will join the center's advisory board, bringing his unique perspective as a redeveloper of mixed use and resort hotel properties.

"I view the center's role as adding value to the hospitality industry in the form of new knowledge," said Ben-Zur. "I am pleased to support the effort to improve the industry's store of knowledge."
"We're pleased to welcome French Quarter Holdings and Ronnie Ben-Zur to our board," said Rohit Verma, executive director. "He will be a great asset to our board as we discuss future hotel industry resear! ch studies." In addition to providing financial support, center partners meet with researchers to learn about studies in progress, and partners also have a seat at all of the center's Industry Roundtables.

Founded in 1993, French Quarter Holdings has redeveloped and repositioned numerous properties, including the Sheraton Key Largo, the Doubletree JFK, and most recently, La Torretta del Lago Resort & Spa, in Houston. This four-diamond 445-unit resort includes a 3.5 acre aqua park, a destination spa, and the four-diamond Chez Roux restaurant.
About The Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. Under the lead of the center's 77 corporate affiliates, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operating practices. The center also publishes the award-winning hospitality journal, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. To learn more about the center and its projects, visit
Center Senior Partners: American Airlines Admirals Club, General Growth Properties, Inc.,, McDonald's USA, Philips Hospitality, Southern Wine and Spirits of America, Inc., Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, and TIG Global

Center Partners: AIG Global Real Estate Investment, Davis & Gilbert LLP, Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, Denihan Hospitality Group, eCornell & Executive Education, Expedia, Inc., Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fox Rothschild LLP, French Quarter Holdings, Inc., FX Real Estate and Entertainment, Inc., HVS, InterContinental Hotels Group, Jumeirah Group, LRP Publications, Marriott International, Inc., Marsh's Hospitality Practice, Mobil Travel Guide, Inc., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Proskauer Rose LLP, SAS, Smith Travel Research, SynXis (a Sabre Holdings Corporation), Thayer Lodging Group, Thompson Hotels, Travelport, WATG, and WhiteSand Consulting

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