Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko has been awarded as the Best Ski Resort and Best Resort Hotel by the International Hospitality Awards 2018

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Bansko, 28 February 2019 – Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is the proud winner of two new prestigious awards – "Best Ski Resort" and "Best Resort Hotel" from the annual International Hospitality Awards 2018. The official gala dinner was held on Sunday 24 February 2019 at InterContinental Kyiv hotel, Ukraine. The event was attended by over 200 prominent hospitality industry experts, owners and general managers of hotels, and diplomats and journalists.

The International Hospitality Awards were founded in 2011 with the mission of awarding the best hotels according to the performance results and developing a professional and competitive hospitality industry by promoting hotel achievements. This year's ceremony honoured the best 28 hotels out of 126 finalists 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 were chosen 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 and the feedback platform Trust You.

Besides the two prizes of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, the International Hospitality Awards 2018 also awarded one more Kempinski hotel. Grand Hotel Kempinski High Tatras won the award for Best Wedding Hotel. The full list of finalists for 2018 can be found at

"We are honoured to be awarded for the second consecutive year for Best Ski Resort by the International Hospitality Awards," commented the General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, Natalia Kashirskaya. "This year we have double cause for pride, because our hotel won the award for Best Resort Hotel as well, which is great proof that we are the ideal choice not only for winter ski vacations, but also at any time of the year. The resort is becoming more popular as an all-year-round destination, attracting more guests during the summer months, when the cultural calendar of Bansko is full of music festivals and interesting events for every taste."

About Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko: Being the only ski-in and ski-out hotel in the area, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is located in the very heart of the most popular and vibrant winter resort in the Balkans – Bansko, right across from the Gondola lift station that gives access to 75 km of ski runs groomed at high international level, suitable for all skiers from complete beginners to advanced ones. The luxury hotel is the only international branded winter resort in this part of the Balkans and is open year-round. It features 157 Alpine-style rooms, including 25 suites and an exclusive Presidential Suite, fully renovated Kempinski The Spa with brand-new and unique thermal facilities, four conference rooms and eight restaurants and bars with spectacular views of the majestic Pirin Mountains. Graced with European flair, the hotel grants the ultimate Kempinski ski, gourmet and SPA experience.  
About Kempinski: 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 34 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Each one 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. · ·
Media contacts:
Emiliya Belcheva ▪ PR and Marketing Manager ▪
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko ▪ 96, Pirin Street ▪ 2770 Bansko ▪ Bulgaria
Tel. +359 749 88568 ▪ M +359 889 920030 ▪

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