Dear Friends of “Les Clefs d’Or”,
Our association was founded in 1952 by Ferdinand GILET in CANNES and has since then grown fast and well. I’m very proud to say that the INTERNATIONAL CLEFS D’OR ASSOCIATION is the biggest association in the hospitality industry. We are mow about 3900 members in 45 countries worldwide.28 years ago, the Grand Duchy joined the UICH (Union Internationale des Clefs d’Or).
Before that, our country was part of the Belgian section. Thanks to President JOOSTENS, the marvellous head concierge at the AMIGO HOTEL in BRUSSELS, Luxembourg became it owns national section. Claude BAUER, head concierge at the hotel “Le ROYAL” at that time assisted by some concierge from the INTER-CONTINENTAL (now DOUBLE TREE by HILTON), Le ROYAL, and GRAND HOTEL CRAVAT organized a great night on February 27th 1989 to open the section. André DAMONTE from LONDON, Albert OSTERTAG from ZURICH, Jos JOOSTENS from BRUSSELS, Pierre PORTE from PARIS, Jean GILET from PARIS as well, and many other very important guests were with us for this unique and important moment in the Luxembourg hotel industry. I remember the black tie diner as it was yesterday. It was very emotional to notice how such a small section could challenge with big member countries and be part of such a powerful and important international organization.We are now 10 members at Le ROYAL HOTEL, DOUBLE TREE by HILTON, GRAND HOTEL CRAVAT, SOFITEL GRAND DUCAL, HOTEL LE PLACE D'ARMES and KIKUOKA MERCURE.
We are also proud to have the support of many Honorary Members such as Mr Jean BIBAUW (Le ROYAL), Mr DAMSTER, Mrs PEETERS (HERTZ), Mr CRAVAT, Mr AREND and Mrs GOLMEIR (both from CASINO2000), Carlo SPELTZ, Mr & Mrs MOSCONI and Chef Thierry DUHR. A lot of support also comes from our friends from AMERICAN EXPRESS, HERTZ, THE INTERNATIONAL NEW YORK TIMES and all the hotels.
I really thank them here for their support and generosity!
We only have one main common moto: SERVICE THROUGH FRIENDSHIP.
THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all of you involved in our association and in the hospitality industry.
VIVES LES CLEFS D’OR!!!
President and head concierge at “Le ROYAL*****” hotel - LUXEMBOURG