Louvre Hotels Expands Despite the Pandemic

Louvre Hotels Expands Despite the Pandemic

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In a pioneering move, Louvre Hotels Group took residence at the heart of the famed French gastronomy hub Rungis International Market, opening the very first hotel in the market. The Campanile Rungis-Orly hotel features 84 rooms and is built alongside a brand-new Corporate Food University. Hospitality News sat with Louvre Hotels’ management team to discuss their bold expansion in spite of the pandemic.

What can you tell us about Chaud Devant! — Louvre Hotels Group’s food university?
Chaud Devant! was established in partnership with the London design agency Blue Plate, a specialty F&B design studio of Wilson Associates. The university has been conceived around several creative and convivial spaces. It is a hybrid, atypical venue that has been specially designed to provide training in catering and food service. Private seminars and bespoke events can be also hosted there.

Is Chaud Devant! operational?
Yes, Chaud Devant! recently opened and several in-house waiter and bartender training courses were held during lockdown to train the group’s teams ahead of the economic recovery. A partnership was struck with Les Compagnons du Devoir, an organization of craftsmen specialized in the field of taste among other things. Furthermore, the university hosted the final of Rungis Primeur Challenge on September 23, 2020, in which the greengrocers of the market created artistic works for their customers.

What differentiates the Campanile Rungis-Orly from other hotels?
For the first time ever, the Rungis International Market has exclusively opened its doors to a hotel, namely Louvre Hotels Group’s midscale brand Campanile. The hotel is ideally located to welcome professionals and tourists alike in the very heart of the market. The hotel features 84 contemporary rooms, including five family suites, which are fully equipped with all the comforts one would expect. Ultimately, this property rises to the brand’s motto: “Hotel for people. Moments for sharing.”

Amine E. Moukarzel Ph.D,
President, Golden Tulip – MENA Region, Louvre Hotels Group – MENA Region

What does this recent expansion represent for the group?
Since its inception over 40 years ago, Louvre Hotels Group has never ceased to develop and nurture its love of all things catering. The location of our hotel and food university in the heart of the world’s largest fresh food market is tangible proof of our passion for gastronomy, hospitality and knowledge. It is a great honor for our group to be the first hotel player associated with such a landmark.

Pierre-Frédéric Roulot,
CEO, Louvre Hotels Group

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