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CORINTHIA HOTELS IN MALTA AND RUSSIA BAG TRAVEL INDUSTRY ‘OSCARS’

6th September 2013 - Corinthia Hotels announces that its five-star Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta and its Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg in Russia, were among Europe's travel elite to walk off with top honours at the World Travel Awards (WTA) 2013 Europe ceremony held in Antalya, Turkey on 31st August 2013. The former has been voted ‘Malta’s Leading Hotel’ for the fifth consecutive year, whereas the latter was named ‘Russia’s leading Conference Hotel’ for the second year running. The luxury Corinthia Hotels brand is this year celebrating its 50th Anniversary.

Another Corinthia affiliate property that featured prominently among the WTA winners in various categories was the Corinthia Hotel Budapest’s annexed Residences, which were voted ‘Hungary’s Leading Hotel Residences.’

Hailed as ‘The Oscars of the Travel Industry’ by the global media, World Travel Awards, now in its 20th year, is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, and highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year. A packed international audience consisting of the industry’s elite, including senior executives of leading travel companies, government ministers and top tourism decision-makers, attended the Antalya event. The Gala Ceremony had an entertainment line-up of top stars with Turkish TV host Ece Vahapoglu, world renowned classical trio Sterling EQ, opera maestro Andrew Amdur and the sensational Fire of Anatolia, entertaining the guests.

Set in extensive landscaped gardens, the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, the ‘Grand Lady’ of Malta’s luxury hotels, was the very first hotel to fly the Corinthia flag when it opened in 1968 in the presence of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.  Since then, the world renowned hotel has become the benchmark for excellence in Malta’s luxury hotel sector and the catalyst for the worldwide expansion of the ‘Corinthia Hotels’ brand.

Following extensive refurbishment and restructuring work, the 400-room luxury Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg was re-launched with more bedrooms and more facilities under one roof than any other luxury five-star hotel in the City.  The hotel, together with grand properties on either side of it on the city’s main boulevard, was acquired as an operating hotel in 2002 by International Hotel Investments plc. (IHI).

IHI, which is the owner, developer and operator of all Corinthia Hotels, has since invested a further Euro €100 million in the total refurbishment of the original hotel, complete with a new grand foyer, a new restaurant and new bars. The adjoining buildings on either side of the hotel were demolished and carefully reconstructed with ornate facades matching their original splendour, rebuilt using traditional techniques. The hotel also has the city’s first grand ballroom in a five-star hotel.

Underlining the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across Europe Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards said: “Europe is a fiercely contested region for our World Travel Awards, with luxurious brands offering unique hospitality products and services for the business and leisure travelers. They continue to raise the bar to constantly improve the standards of excellence in travel and tourism in the region.”