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Big Things Happen At Small Meetings

March 17, 2021

BANFF, AB – Over the years, various Accor hotels have hosted world-changing meetings and events. Whether it’s the signing of the UN Charter of Rights or a speech by first lady Michelle Obama to support her husband’s re-election, Accor properties across North America have helped facilitate small meetings that have led to memorable moments.

As many Americans look to get back to business this year, Accor is making it easier for intimate gatherings—corporate or personal—to happen with the new “Big Things Happen at Small Meetings” offer, available across the Group’s North American portfolio. For small meetings booked by June 30, 2021, planners receive flexible attrition until 30 days prior to arrival, flexible cancellation, and double ALL Meeting Planner Rewards Points.*

In need of inspiration? Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable meetings that have taken place at Accor hotels over the years:


Classic in style and contemporary in spirit, Fairmont San Francisco has made history over the years (and continues to innovate in the modern age). Leaders and delegates from fifty nations descended upon San Francisco for the inaugural United Nations Conference on International Organization during the summer of 1945, at the original “Fairmont.”

In the spring of 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged the Bed-In for Peace from their bed at Fairmont Queen Elizabeth to rally the world to the cause of peace. The handsome suite high over downtown Montreal was where he recorded his first solo single, “Give Peace A Chance,” from the bed, which had been dragged to the windows overlooking Marie-Reine-du-Monde Cathedral and Dorchester Blvd (now Blvd. Rene-Levesque).

On August 13, 1969, less than a month after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the historic first landing on the moon, they and fellow astronaut Michael Collins were guests at an official White House dinner hosted by President Nixon at the Los Angeles Century Plaza Hotel (now Fairmont Century Plaza) honoring the Apollo 11 astronauts. The first and only presidential dinner ever held outside the White House, the Los Angeles Times called it the “Dinner of the Century,” and the New York Times said it was “one of the largest, most prestigious, and most publicized state dinners in history.”

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