Hospitality to Honor Four at Annual Convocation

October 19, 2009



Jean-Claude Baumgarten, president and chief executive officer of the World Travel and Tourism Council, and Carol Coletta, President, CEOs for Cities are among the honorees at the Niagara University College of Hospitality and Tourism Management's 9th annual convocation Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel. The event is sponsored by The Maid of the Mist Corp; additional sponsorship for 2009 is provided by Buffalo Hotel Supply Co., Inc.

Baumgarten will receive the Tourism Industry Leadership Award. He was named his WTTC post in 1999 and has a distinguished career with Air France for over 28 years. He was the vice-president and general manager of the air carrier's U.S. operations, which also included the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, and French Polynesia.

Coletta, who will receive the Urban Regeneration Leadership Award, also serves the producer and host of the nationally syndicated public radio show "Smart City," is a former executive director of the Mayors' Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation. Regarded by the national media as an expert on urban issues, she is a frequent speaker on the success formula for cities and creative communities.

Other Honorees Include

Louise Mitchell, director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music, will receive the Cultural Management Leadership Award. A high profile figure in Scotland's arts world, Mitchell was formerly the director of Glasgow's Concert Halls, which manages the festival Celtic Connections and many of the city's key music venues. She was named director of City of Music last January. The Scottish city was named a City of Music in August 2008 as part of the Creative Cities Network established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to promote social, economic and cultural development.

Gerald Lawless, executive chairman of the Jumeirah Group, will receive the Lifetime Hotelier Leadership Award. He has been instrumental in developing some of the world's most iconic hotel projects, including the Burj Al Arab, the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and the Wild Wadi Water Park.

For more information on the convocation and its honorees, contact Dr. Gary Praetzel, dean of the college, at 716-286-8272.