Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko won the coveted accolade for Best Ski Resort at the annual International Hospitality Awards. The winners were announced during the official gala ceremony, which took place on Sunday, 18 February at InterContinental Kyiv hotel and gathered together around 250 guests, including leading European hoteliers, hotel general managers, global hospitality industry experts, diplomats and journalists. The day before, an International Hospitality Conference was held, where international speakers shared their knowledge and experience within the hospitality industry, as well as the new tendencies and innovations on the market.
Launched in 2011, the International Hospitality Awards has the aim of awarding the best hotels according to the performance results of each year. The mission of the award is the development of a professional and competitive hospitality industry through promoting achievements in the hotel business. This year the ceremony honoured the best hotels out of 315 nominees from 21 countries from Central and Eastern Europe, including Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Slovakia, Moldova, Ukraine, Austria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Macedonia, Slovenia, Greece, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The winners in 28 nominations were selected in several stages, beginning with a voting panel consisting of an expert board of international jury, and followed by the ratings of the hotels from the online booking system booking.com and the feedback platform Trust You. The full list of the winners at the International Hospitality Awards is available at: https://www.facebook.com/internationalhospitalityawards/
“We are very grateful for being acknowledged as the Best Ski Resort by the International Hospitality Awards,” commented the General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, Natalia Kashirskaya. “To be awarded as a Best Ski Hotel is a huge privilege, and herewith I would like to mention as well that the hotel and the resort of Bansko have a lot to offer not only during the winter season but all year round, and I believe that all of our winter-sports lovers will come back to visit us in the summer.”
This year’s International Hospitality Awards brought success to two of our sister properties as well. Kempinski Hotel Cathedral Square won the award for Best Business Hotel and Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras for Best Honeymoon Destination.
Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 76 five-star hotels and residences in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each property reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands.
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For further information, please contact:
Emiliya Kordeva ▪ PR and Marketing Manager ▪
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko ▪ 96, Pirin Street ▪ 2770 Bansko ▪ Bulgaria
Tel. +359 749 88568 ▪ Fax +359 749 88560 ▪ firstname.lastname@example.org
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