The Leading Hotels of the World

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La Mamounia in Morocco, a member hotel of Leading Hotels of the World.

Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW) is a hospitality consortium owned by Hotel Representative, A.G. with more than 430 hotels and resorts in over 80 countries.

LHW is headquartered in New York City, US and maintains offices in 25 cities worldwide.


The company was established in 1928 under the name "Luxury Hotels of Europe and Egypt".[1] It initially had 38 member hotels, including Hotel Negresco in Nice, the Mena House in Cairo and King David Hotel in Jerusalem.[2]

Leading Hotels of the World started as a reservation service for independent hotels, and later supported sales and marketing, advertising and public relations, financial services, quality control, and hotel inspections for its member properties.[3] The company does not own hotels; most member hotels are independent, though some are part of chains.

As of 2011 Andrea Kracht, proprietor of Baur au Lac in Zurich, Switzerland, was the chairman of Hotel Representative, A.G., and Theodore (Ted) Teng was the president and chief executive officer.[2] The company had 24 offices around the world.


The company restricts membership to hotels considered to be in the luxury category, which are inspected and voted on by the company's Executive Committee.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

A section of the LHW website, "LHW in the Movies",[4] lists 85 films and their corresponding hotels, with behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes from filming. Films that feature LHW hotels include The Quiet Man (Ashford Castle), Midnight in Paris (Le Bristol), The Man Who Knew Too Much (La Mamounia), and Notting Hill (The Ritz London).

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b Corgel, Jack B.; Sturman, Michael C.; Verma, Rohit (26 April 2011). The Cornell School of Hotel Administration on Hospitality: Cutting Edge Thinking and Practice. John Wiley and Sons. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-470-55499-9. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Fyall, Alan; Garrod, Brian (2004). Tourism Marketing: A Collaborative Approach. Channel View Publications. p. 270. ISBN 978-1-873150-89-4. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Leading Hotels : In The Movies". Retrieved 2013-06-09. 

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