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Fairmont Imagines "What if they never met? "

Publish Date : 01-Oct-2009
01, October, 2009

-  From war to peace, meetings that have changed the course of history are a good reminder of the importance of in-person collaboration -

NEW YORK, October 29, 2009 -  You may say we're dreamers, but we're not the only ones. For more than a century, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has been the choice for countless legendary meetings and history-making moments.  Despite today's technological conveniences and virtual conferences, a look back in time proves that tremendous world-changing outcomes can happen when great minds - or great legs - get in a room together.

Companies and organizations can choose Fairmont to negotiate a deal where the United Nations Charter was drafted. Families may host a wedding in the ballroom where the parents of a political dynasty once made eyes at each other. With help from Fairmont, your next meeting may just make the history books. 

If you are still not convinced about the power of in-person meetings, just imagine if the following famous meetings had never occurred.

From the EU to the UN, these meetings changed the course of history....

  • During the spring of 1945, the UN Charter was drafted in the Garden Room at The Fairmont San Francisco and signed by fifty countries. Not only essential to preserving global peace, a world without the United Nations is inconceivable for the multitudes of children and adults whose lives are sustained by the heroic efforts of UN organizations and missions.
  • In March 1943, the finance and foreign affairs ministers of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg gathered at The Savoy in London to discuss the notion of a post-war "customs union" that might one day allow people, goods and commerce to travel freely between the three countries.  The economic union of Benelux was created, laying the groundwork for the free trade, free passage and single currency of the European Union today.
  • The Northern Ireland peace talks at the Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland in 2006 led to the St Andrews Agreement, the cornerstone to peace in Ulster today. The Northern Ireland Assembly was restored, a new Northern Ireland Executive formed and Sinn Féin decided to support the Police Service of Northern Ireland, courts and rule of law. This monumental outcome is commonly attributed to the current stability of the region. 

From Camelot to Million Dollar Legs, these meetings gave us people who changed our culture...

  • The young Rose Fitzgerald, future wife of Joseph Patrick Kennedy and mother of America's 35th president John F. Kennedy, made her social debut in 1912 at The Fairmont Copley Plaza in Boston, presenting Rose as a leading lady among the powerful social circles of New England.  The Kennedy clan has continued to host events at the hotel for important occasions, including the social debut of a youthful JFK.
  • Nicknamed "The Girl With The Million Dollar Legs" after her famous gams were insured by Lloyd's of London, Betty Grable was singing in the lounge of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, when her talents were noticed and appreciated by a meeting of MGM studio executives. Betty famously posed for the swimsuit pin-up in 1943 named by Life Magazine as one of the "100 Photos that Changed the World", inspiring a generation of World War II G.I.'s, including one by the name of Hugh Hefner.

High-priest of pop-culture Marshall McLuhan, famous for his thesis, "the medium is the message" met with California spin-doctors and self-described "genius scouts" Gerald Feigen and Howard Gossage at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto in 1965.  Their global publicity campaign would spread McLuhan and his ideas around the world like wildfire.

From Churchill to Trudeau, these meetings served to foster greater diplomatic relations...

  • The first meeting of The Other Club, a private dining club founded by Sir Winston Churchill, took place at The Savoy in London in 1911. The club, which still exists today, holds dinners with prominent leaders and thinkers from all across the political spectrum to engage in camaraderie and civilized debate of current affairs.
  • Fairmont Le Château Montebello a discreet luxury log cabin deep in the woods of Quebec, has hosted a number of historic meetings, including a G-7 International Economic Summit with Ronald Reagan, François Mitterand, Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Thatcher as well as NATO meetings.
  • Behind the Lalique glass doors of the Ninth Heaven room at the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, relations between China and France were restored in 1964, following a successful meeting between the Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and his French counterpart Edgar Faure.

And finally, the anti-meeting meeting that inspired the music of a generation...

  • When John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their famous Bed-In for Peace at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in 1969, they were hardly alone. The peaceful pair spoke to some 150 journalists a day as the former Beatle penned the lyrics of "Give Peace a Chance". Timothy and Rosemary Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Petula Clark, a group of Hare Krishnas and many other gifted musicians were called into Suite 1742. They recorded the song that became the anthem of the anti-war movement and sung by half a million demonstrators at Capitol Hill.

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