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World Ski Cups 2012

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is once again in the very heart of the event, welcoming the brightest stars of the cast

Bansko, 17 February 2012; In two consecutive weekends, the best of the best in alpine skiing will be in Bansko for the regular starts of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup - first the men, then the ladies. This "double" hosting within one season happens in Bulgaria for the first time ever and once again proves the international respect Bansko has gained as one of the premiere winter resorts in Europe.

As usual, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko and its friendly staff are at the epicenter of this exciting winter event. The winter resort’s most elite hotel will be a key location for official guests and VIPs during the AUDI FIS Men’s Alpine Ski WORLD CUP Bansko, 18-19 February 2012 and AUDI FIS Ladies’ Alpine Ski WORLD CUP Bansko, 25-26 February 2012.

During the second week, on Friday night, February 24th 2012, a unique VIP Gala dinner will take place in the VIP tent at the very ski track or 1500 meters above sea level! The charity event will feature 5 of the best female skiers on the planet - Lindsey Vonn, Maria Riesch, Anja Paerson, Lara Gut and Julia Mancuso- and will raise funds to support young talents of ski sport in Bulgaria. 200 selected guests will savor an outstanding gourmet menu, created by the Master Chef of Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko-Francesco Calore and the hotel will contribute generously to the charity raffle.

During these memorable two weeks many other activities and parties will also take place at the "Gallery" restaurant and the cozy Piano Bar "Sing Sing". And in the end, after an adrenaline-pumping competition, the skiers will be able to relax and recharge their batteries at the exceptional Zalez SPA and Wellness center.

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 comprises a portfolio of 71 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. 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 imbues 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 hotels.

For further information please contact:
Emiliya Kordeva ▪ Sales Coordinator ▪
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko ▪ 96, Pirin Street ▪ 2770 Bansko ▪ Bulgaria Tel. +359 749 88888 ▪ Fax +359 749 88560 ▪ emiliya.kordeva@kempinski.com

Helen Gorbunova ▪ Regional Director PR Eastern Europe ▪
The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow ▪ Ul. Balchug 1 ▪ Moscow ▪ 115035, Russia Tel. +7 (495) 287 2000 ▪ Fax +7 (495) 287 2002 ▪ helen.gorbunova@kempinski.com
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