40 years - it’s time to celebrate
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is celebrating 40 years of success and it’s all down to you, our valued guests. Your loyalty inspires us to give our best.
Now with around 80 hotels in 24 countries we look forward to sharing our future successes with you – no matter where in the world we should meet.
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Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts are celebrating 40 years of success. Celebrate with us and enjoy the most popular Mövenpick dishes of that time at our European Mövenpick Hotel restaurants at very attractive prices.
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“Our hotels are more than just great places to stay,” says Jean Gabriel Pérès, President and CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. “They are a collection of wonderful real-life stories that show truth is always stranger than fiction. So, as our company celebrates its 40th anniversary, it seemed fitting that we share 40 of our favourites.”
History from 1948 to 2013
“We aren’t doing anything extraordinary; we are simply successful because we are doing quite normal things in an extraordinary manner” Ueli Prager, founding father of Mövenpick Group.
After seeing a seagull – or Möwe in German – selectively picking up its food mid-flight from the waters of Lake Zurich, Ueli Prager finds a name for his new restaurant concept of offering affordable high quality food without waiting times. Mövenpick is born. When his first restaurant opens, Prager welcomes each guest personally.
The second Mövenpick restaurant opens in Zurich Sihlporte
The opening of Mövenpick’s third restaurant at the famous Paradeplatz in Zurich is followed by the company’s first restaurant outside of Zurich, in Lucerne.
After successfully overseeing a difficult opening in Berne, Prager realises how critical engaged and talented employees are to the future of his business. He is the first employer in Switzerland to introduce rigorous training and daily line-ups for employees and the first to offer staff shares.
Ueli Prager travels to the United States for the first time and is impressed by how effectively snack restaurants in New York offer unbeatable prices and service.
Ten years after the launch of Mövenpick the company features eight establishments, five of them in Zurich. 600 employees are now working for Ueli Prager.
Following a trip to New York to seek inspiration for Silberkugel American style restaurants, four lease contracts are signed by Mövenpick in Zurich. One features a central production kitchen to supply all the restaurants.
The first Silberkugel snack restaurant modelled after the concept of American diners is welcoming its guests in Zurich.
The first cash-and-carry wine shop opens. Today it is known as Mövenpick Wine and there are several wine shops across Switzerland and Germany.
The management of a canteen at the Bavarian Broadcasting Studios in Munich becomes the company’s first contract in Germany.
The first branded food item is introduced in the form of the Mövenpick “Himmlische” (heavenly) coffee.
The first fully-fledged service Mövenpick restaurant in Germany opens in Frankfurt.
The Jolie Ville Motor Inn in Adliswil near Zurich is launched by Mövenpick and features 75 rooms and 150 beds.
The first Silberkugel motorway snack restaurant opens in Deitingen (Solothurn). Two more are launched a year later.
Mövenpick Ice Cream enters the market.
Mövenpick is divided into separate divisions: restaurants, hotels, premium products and chain restaurants.
Two hotels open in Switzerland at Zurich-Airport and Zurich-Regensdorf marking the official launch of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveils its first hotel outside of Europe in Cairo, the Mövenpick Hotel Jolie Ville.
Mövenpick goes public.
The first German Mövenpick Hotel opens in Ulm/Neu-Ulm. It is followed by a second in Lübeck a year later and a third in Braunschweig in 1983.
The first Mövenpick restaurants open on the North American continent in New York and Toronto.
“Premium Ice Cream International Licensing AG” is founded. By 1988 Mövenpick Ice Cream is distributed across 18 countries on five continents.
The first Marché® Restaurant in Stuttgart (Germany) is launched.
The HS Radamis sets off on its maiden voyage on the Nile. Today there are three cruisers in the Mövenpick fleet in Egypt and five more to be added end of 2012.
The Pragers sell their stake in the company to Baron August von Finck.
Mövenpick Holding creates four autonomous business units: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, Mövenpick Gastronomy, Mövenpick Wine and Mövenpick Fine Foods.
Jean Gabriel Pérès is appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts.
The company’s first hotels open in Tunisia and Morocco.
The first “pilgrim hotel” opens in Madina, Saudia Arabia.
The company’s first hotels are launched in the UAE (Dubai), in Turkey (Istanbul) and in Kuwait (Kuwait City).
During World Travel Market in London, the company is declared the “fastest growing hotel chain in the Middle East”.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts expands into Asia signing hotels in Thailand and the Philippines.
The Mövenpick Group is privatised.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts introduces the ‘Four Cornerstones’ - a roadmap of the corporate culture and definition of the values that are at the heart of the brand and the qualities that define its internal and external relations.
For the second consecutive year, J.D. Power awards Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts the top position in the “European Guest Satisfaction Study”.
A global partnership is established with Green Globe.
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea receives the Green Globe “High Achievement Award 2011” for the geographical region of Middle East.
The company opens its first properties in India (Bangalore), Singapore (Sentosa Island), the Philippines (Cebu Island) and Ghana (Accra).
Company founder Ueli Prager dies at the age of 95.
All European hotels offer Mövenpick Fairtrade Coffee. Regular coffee is eliminated from menus.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts announces its 100th property, including existing and planned hotels. The new addition in Paris Neuilly is slated to be managed under the Mövenpick flag as of 19th December 2012.
By the end of 2012 the company plans to have all hotels certified enrolled in the Green Globe programme. That is, 85 per cent of the entire portfolio. Green Globe is an international independent non-profit organisation that audits sustainability in the tourism and travel industry.
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts celebrates its 40st anniversary
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts aims to be managing 100 operating hotels worldwide.