Don Martine Is Inducted into The California Hotel & Lodging Association Hall of Fame

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The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) inducted Don Martine, owner of the Martine Inn in Pacific Grove, CA into the CH&LA Hall of Fame Monday night in Sacramento at the California State Railroad Museum.

Lynn Mohrfeld, CAE, President and CEO of the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA)  presents Don Martine with the CH&LA Hall of Fame Award

Lynn Mohrfeld, CAE, President and CEO of the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) presents Don Martine with the CH&LA Hall of Fame Award

Don’s commitment of both time and energy in forming CABBI for the bed & breakfast profession sets an example to all others in the industry.

The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) inducted Don Martine, owner of the Martine Inn in Pacific Grove, CA into the CH&LA Hall of Fame Monday, January 23, in Sacramento at the California State Railroad Museum. The Hall of Fame award is CH&LA’s most prestigious honor, presented to California hoteliers or industry executives recognized for outstanding contributions of leadership, service, and professionalism to the California lodging industry and the community at large.

Don Martine was the 23rd recipient of the CH&LA Hall of Fame award. As owner of the Martine Inn, he helped to found the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) and was the association’s first president in 1991. He is the first CABBI innkeeper to win the award. Mr. Martine’s efforts to unify the bed & breakfast industry involved a yearlong effort to combine two regional associations and culminated with the founding of CABBI and the hiring of professional staff for the first time in the history of the industry in California. He also was involved in the referendum to establish Visit California, the public-private partnership that successfully promotes California travel and tourism. Mr. Martine is still active with the not-for-profit membership organization he helped found as a member of the CABBI Council, the volunteer leadership group composed of 13 California innkeepers that guide CABBI today.

Mr. Maritne fully renovated his property in 1984, keeping the 1899 building’s history intact. Don Martine has been a resident of Pacific Grove for 74 years and has long history with the city. He served two terms as a City Councilmember, was the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce Vice President, as well as a recipient of the James Hughes Citizen of the Year Award. Mr. Martine is also well known as a nationally recognized Vintage Race Car Driver, receiving the Rolex Award for Best Presentation and Best Performance at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“Don’s commitment of both time and energy in forming CABBI for the bed & breakfast profession sets an example to all others in the industry," said Lynn S. Mohrfeld, CAE, President & CEO of CH&LA. “It’s an honor to induct such a dedicated industry professional into the CH&LA Hall of Fame.”

About CH&LA
The California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and a Partner State Association of the American Hotel & Lodging Association. Its 1,800 members, which comprise approximately 175,000 guest rooms, include all segments of the lodging industry including the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns - California’s largest association of professional innkeepers and certified bed and breakfast inns. CH&LA is the leading resource for communicating and protecting the rights and interests of the California lodging industry. CH&LA was established in 1893. CH&LA is on the web at http://www.calodging.com.

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