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Mark Young, Ph.D., is director of the Hospitality Industry Archives at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management, University of Houston.

How Kemmons Wilson Transformed Lodging

On August 17, 1968, Kemmons Wilson, the founder of Holiday Inn, opened the chain’s 1,000th location in San Antonio, Texas. In the 16 years since Wilson launched the brand with his first property in...

The First Hilton Renaissance

Financially successful and expanding, in 1949 Hilton Hotels was a company on the rise in an industry still struggling from the bleak days of the Great Depression. Founder Conrad Hilton was on the verge...