Industry Mourns the Ritz Paris

by Cheryl Rosen
Industry Mourns the Ritz Paris

Industry insiders are mourning the temporary loss of the Ritz Paris, where more than 60 firefighters and 15 fire trucks spent hours battling a devastating blaze that soared through the roof. In doing so, they caused extensive water damage to the iconic interior, just weeks before its scheduled reopening in March. 

The five-star grande dame, hostess to the well-heeled for a hundred years, already was accepting reservations; it has been closed for an extensive renovation since 2012.  

The Ritz is owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed; Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed dined here before entering the car that crashed and took their lives in 1997. For years, Valentino staged his couture shows here; Coco Chanel and Marcel Proust lived here; Ernest Hemingway checked in so frequently that they named a bar for him. Even the cellar is special; it’s home to 40,000 bottles of wine, including rare cognacs and champagnes. 

“The Ritz is Paris,” says its website, and many agree. 

“I am devastated,” said Dan Beschloss, director of industry relations for Valerie Wilson Travel in New York. “Paris is one of Val’s favorite cities, and we are one of the top producers for the Ritz in Paris. We were so looking forward to selling it again to our original client base, and to introducing it to a new client base.” 

“I’m very sorry to see its opening delayed,” agreed Norm Payne, owner of Customer Travel Solutions in Canada. “It’s a very historic hotel with a very strong American connection—and it is one of the best in Paris, one of the best in the world.” 

Pic: Jaume Meneses

  1
  1
Tip of the Day
Daily Top List

Top Five Hotels In Most Popular Summer Destinations

1. Disney's Port Orleans Resort-Riverside, FL

2. Blue Horizon Hotel, Canada

3. Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Mexico

4. Fairmont Olympic Hotel, WA

5. Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol, Dominican Republic

Source: AAA Inspectors

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Europe's Low-Fare Airlines Continue Aggressive Expansion Into U.S.
Europe's Low-Fare Airlines Continue Aggressive Expansion Into U.S.

Move over Norwegian: More European based airlines are increasing their service to the U.S. to capitalize on increased demand as well as the advent of new longer-range single-aisle jets.  

Travel In Barcelona Recovers In Wake Of Las Ramblas Attack
Travel In Barcelona Recovers In Wake Of Las Ramblas Attack

The city's airport is operating close to schedule while cruise lines, including Disney, MSC and Oceania, are going ahead with planned port calls.

To Prosper, Travel Agents Fight The Deal Mentality
To Prosper, Travel Agents Fight The Deal Mentality

Even as some consumers chase promotions and discounts, successful travel agents build their business by focusing on value.

Girlfriend Getaways Are A Growing Business
Girlfriend Getaways Are A Growing Business

Travel agents and suppliers are promoting short weekends and full-blown vacations for groups of women.

World Class Athlete Leaps Into Travel Agent Career
World Class Athlete Leaps Into Travel Agent Career

Brianna Glenn once was an international track superstar. The discipline she learned in sports is helping her build a travel business that is profitable as well as rewarding.

Travel To Iceland Surges In 2017
Travel To Iceland Surges In 2017

Americans’ interest in visiting Iceland hasn’t wavered.

News Briefs
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: American Queen Steamboat Company