Turizmusonline.hu reports that the award ceremony of the International Hospitality Awards 2017 took place on 18 February in Kiev. The event was organised in the InterContinental Hotel. 250 people participated in the gala dinner crowning the ceremony. Among the guests, hotel owners, directors of the hotels getting into the final and other acknowledged experts working in tourism got an invitation. From Hungary, two hotels were awarded, which is a tremendous acknowledgement of their dedication and hard work. Here is what happened at the ceremony.
The International Hospitality Awards is a well-recognised event held by hoteliers and restaurateurs since 2011, and it is the professional acknowledgement of the outstanding performance of the best European hotels. This year, 315 hotels were nominated for the award from 21 countries, but the winners were chosen from the best 101 finalists.
From Hungary, two hotels, the PÁLOS RESORT from Zalacsány and the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, were awarded. The former received the Ethno Hotel award while the latter won the best MICE HOTEL title. On behalf of Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Anikó Nagy, Director of Local Sales received the prize while on behalf of the PÁLOS RESORT the owners, Dr Tamás Badacsonyi and his wife Nikoletta Kovács Badacsonyi went on the stage to take over the award.
In fact, the nominated hotels were evaluated based on both the opinion of the expert jury and the feedbacks given by guests on international hotel booking websites, like on Booking.com and TrustYou.com. Therefore, the final decision was made by considering the overall result achieved on the two sites (25-25%) and the opinion of the jury including the experts of the industry (50%).
You might ask what the unique characteristic of these hotels is that deserved such merits.
As far as the PÁLOS RESORT is concerned, it is the extraordinary natural surrounding of the Balaton Uplands and the unique architectural style of the complex that make it so special.
In the proximity of the resort, once the church of Saint Paul stood where now the area serves as a rich archaeological site.
The land of calm and peace also gives a home to annual outdoor religious masses held in May organised in collaboration with the Pauline Order of Hungary. Other cultural programmes colour this event, so it is absolutely worth a visit. Shortly, more precisely: in May, the resort is going to be the venue of a 3-day-long festival where an American Grammy awarded guitar artist is also going to perform.
The other Hungarian winner, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest, is one of the most reputable hotels in Budapest the history of which dates back to 1896. It was then when it opened under the name of Grand Hotel Royal, and it was the largest European luxury hotel at the time.
The imposing building, located in the heart of Budapest, has been the home of luxury and comfort since then.
It is unique with its neo-Baroque ballroom, the 29 conference halls and the 440 elegant rooms and suites that it offers to the visitors. It is undoubtedly the best choice for those longing for some recreation, but the hotel is also the perfect venue for organising events and business meetings.
No matter which you choose, you will not be disappointed. To this, what can be a better proof than the two awards that clearly demonstrate that the Hungarian tourism industry is competitive and has an outstanding position in Europe?
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