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Cornell Hotel Schools Center for Hospitality Research partners with the Thayer Group

Travel News Asia 8 June 2004

The Thayer Group, a leading North American hospitality firm, has joined the corporate partners program at the Cornell Hotel Schools Center for Hospitality Research to support international research that advances operating practices in the hospitality industry.

We are delighted to add this distinguished firm to the list of leading companies that help set our research agenda, said Gary Thompson, executive director of the Center. This partnership will help us as we continue to expand our global reach to the hospitality industry.

The Thayer Group includes Thayer Lodging, EMC Venues, and Thayer Interactive. Thayer Lodging, a real estate venture capital firm, sponsors private equity funds in the hospitality industry. Clients include Fortune 50 companies, public and private pension funds, endowments, and family offices. Thayer Interactive is a marketing company representing hospitality clients in all segments of the Internet. Clients include Hilton, Marriott, and Starwood branded hotels, independent hotels, and a variety of ownership groups and conference centers. EMC Venues serves clients who book in excess of 50 annual meetings, and has developed proprietary executive meeting centers in eight hotels.

Cornell is a pioneer in international hospitality education and research and is the top brand in the industry, said Lee Pillsbury, co-Chairman and CEO of The Thayer Group. Partnering with Cornells Center for Hospitality Research is a privilege for The Thayer Group, as the Centers work is most valuable in moving the industry forward.

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