Groupe Lucien Barrière
|Revenue||1,065 M€ (as of 31 October 2009)|
François André, founder
As a young man from Ardèche who came up to Paris in the early 20th century, François André started a casino business by acquiring the Ostend casino in Belgium, while Eugène Cornuché, his partner, began building the Hôtel Normandy and having the Deauville casino rebuilt in 1912. In 1918, François André set up the Haussmann gaming circle in Paris and continued to grow his business by designing the La Baule resort based on the Deauville model and by purchasing the Hôtel Royal and casino in 1923. He invented the modern day resort concept by combining casinos, luxury hotels and sports facilities all on one site.
In 1926, François André took on the construction of the Hôtel Hermitage at La Baule.
1927, he took over from Eugène Cornuché as managing director of SHCD (Société des Hôtels et Casino de Deauville). He then had the Hôtel du Golf in Deauville built.
- 1951-1987 - Groupe Lucien Barrière’s founding and development throughout France
In 1951, Lucien Barrière, François André’s nephew, joined the group.
In 1957 Lucien Barrière was appointed to the Board of several of the group’s entities and became his uncle’s sole legal heir in 1961. He undertook a project to modernise and develop the group by buying new establishments in Trouville[disambiguation needed], Dinard, St-Malo, Royan and Enghien-les-Bains.
In 1980, SHCLB (Société Hôtelière de la Chaîne Lucien Barrière) was founded to cover the La Baule hotels and casinos.
In 1987, Lucien Barrière participated in the arrival of slot machines in France.
- 1990-2000: the Barrière legend blossoms
In the early 1990s, Accor became a major SHCLB shareholder.
In 1990, Diane Barrière-Desseigne succeeded her father, Lucien Barrière, and launched major renovation projects. On top of their prestige, the hotels are closely connected to the film industry and the Arts. The elite figures of the film industry visit the Normandy Barrière and the Royal Barrière during the American Film Festival in Deauville.
In 1995, Diane Barrière-Desseigne suffered a very serious plane accident and from 1997, her husband Dominique Desseigne co-managed the SHCD and SHCLB at her side.
In 1998, SHCD bought Fouquet’s restaurant and brand.
Diane Barrière-Desseigne died in 2001. Dominique Desseigne took over group management and became chairman of SFCMC.
- Since 2001: Under the chairmanship of Dominique Desseigne, the SHCD and the SHCLB took on a new dimension with the first international developments.
During the same year, SHCD took over the Ryads Resort Development, owner of the land on which the Hôtel Naoura Barrière in Marrakech (Morocco) was later built, supported by top ranking investors who purchased an equity stake in Ryads Resort Development.
In 2004, the Desseigne-Barrière family, Accor and Colony Capital investment funds decided to team up as Société Hôtelière de la Chaîne Lucien Barrière, subsequently renamed Groupe Lucien Barrière, which combined the businesses of SHCD, SHCLB and Accor Casinos to create a prestigious casino and hotel group.
Since 2005, the expansion has continued with the opening of casinos in Toulouse, Cairo, Leucate, Blotzheim and Lille, the opening of the Naoura Barrière in Marrakech (Morocco), Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris and the Spark (fitness centre for treatments, sport and Spa) in Enghien-les-Bains. The Hôtel Barrière Lille will open during autumn 2010 and the hotel complex and balneo-therapy centre adjoining the Casino Barrière de Ribeauvillé is forecast to open late 2011.
During the same period, the public service concessions of the Barrière Casinos in La Baule, Dinard, Deauville, Saint-Malo, Nice, Cassis and Saint Raphaël were renewed, which reveals the confidence these towns place in the group.
Groupe Lucien Barrière establishments
Groupe Lucien Barrière (GLB) operates 15 hotels (14 in France and 1 in Marrakech) and has a total of 1 726 rooms, plus 26 ryads in Marrakech. Located in first class sites, the group’s buildings are a benchmark in the luxury hotel industry with a vast majority of 5-star hotels.
Hôtel du Golf Barrière****
Grand Hôtel Barrière*****
Grand Hôtel Barrière****
Hôtel du Lac****
Royal Thalasso Barrière*****
Hôtel & Ryads Naoura Barrière*****
(Opening Autumn 2010)
Casino-Hôtel-Balnéothérapie de Ribeauvillé
(Opening Autumn 2011)
The 37 casinos are located in resorts along the French coast and in major cities.
Barrière casinos also offer varied, delicate cuisine, a lively atmosphere and shows mainly thanks to large-capacity halls with proper equipment.
La Baule, Bénodet, Besançon, Biarritz, Blotzheim, Bordeaux, Briançon, Carnac, Carry-le-Rouet, Cassis, Chamonix, Dax, Deauville, Dinard, Enghien-les-Bains, Jonzac, Leucate, Lille, Menton, Nice Le Ruhl, Nierderbronn, Ouistreham, Perros-Guirec, Royan, Ribeauvillé, La Rochelle, Les Sables d'Olonne, Saint-Malo, Sainte-Maxime, Saint-Raphaël, Toulouse, Le Touquet and Trouville[disambiguation needed].
Restaurants and bars
Groupe Lucien Barrière has 131 bars and restaurants throughout the group’s casinos and hotels, which range from snacks to 5-star cuisine, as well as Fouquet’s brasseries in Paris, Toulouse and Marrakech.
Sport and well being
- Spark, soins, sport et spa - Enghien-les-Bains
- Le U SPA Barrière de l’Hôtel Fouquet’s Barrière – Paris
- Le U SPA Barrière du Naoura Barrière – Marrakech
- Centre de thalassothérapie Thalgo - La Baule
- Golf Barrière – Deauville
- Golf Barrière de Saint-Julien – Deauville
- Golf International Barrière - La Baule
- *Source: Commission Fédérale des Maisons de Jeux en Suisse (Swiss Casino Federal Gaming Commission)
- Michael Franceze (25 November 2010). "European Commission Approve French Gambling Laws". GamingZion (2iVentures). Retrieved 26 May 2011.