Hope Hotel to rename conference center for diplomat Richard Holbrooke

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The Hope Hotel and Conference Center has agreed to name the conference center for the late Richard C. Holbrooke, who negotiated the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995 at the hotel to end the war in Bosnia.

Holbrooke, a career U.S. diplomat, died Monday at 69 years of age.

“He was a friend of ours. He came back often. We’ve lost a friend,” Dayton City Commissioner Matt Joseph said.

The Dayton Peace Accords Committee, a group that promotes the legacy of the 1995 peace agreement, proposed the idea to the company that owns the Hope Hotel, said John McCance, co-chairman of the committee.

“I’ve talked to the owner, and the owner certainly supports the idea,” McCance said .

The privately owned hotel, named for the late comedian Bob Hope who for years performed shows for American troops stationed around the world, is located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The hotel operates on federal property under a 40-year lease with the Air Force that runs through 2028.

David Meyers, president of Visicon Inc. , which owns the hotel, said the company agreed this week to the naming , given Holbrooke’s central role in the 1995 peace negotiations.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to do it,” Meyers said.

McCance, a former Ohio president of the Air Force Association, an organization that supports the Air Force, said he is notifying Air Force officials of the naming plan.

A formal announcement is planned midday Friday during a news conference at the hotel, McCance said.

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