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World Ski Awards 2018: Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko wins “Bulgaria’s Best Ski Hotel” for a fifth time

World Ski Awards 2018: Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko wins “Bulgaria’s Best Ski Hotel” for a fifth time

Bansko, 19 November 2018 – Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko won the prestigious award for Bulgaria’s Best Ski Hotel at the World Ski Awards 2018. The glamorous ceremony was held on Saturday, 17 November as per tradition at the A-Rosa hotel at the famous Austrian ski resort, Kitzbühel. The long-awaited evening honouring the international ski industry gathered top executives and market leaders from Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and South America. The official event was part of a three-day programme of interesting leisure activities, specially prepared for the participants. Among the invited VIP guests on the red carpet was General Manager Natalia Kashirskaya, who had the pleasure of personally accepting the honourary statuette on behalf of the hotel.

“It is a great honour for me to be part of this magnificent event and to accept the prize for Bulgaria’s Best Ski Hotel,” commented Ms Kashirskaya. “I would like to thank everyone who has voted for us for their recognition and the whole team, of course, for their dedication and excellent results. This year we are happy that besides Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, the resort Bansko was awarded as well for the sixth consecutive year as Bulgaria’s Best Ski Resort. I believe that these international awards further contribute to the positioning of the hotel as a leader in the luxury skiing experience and the resort as a leading ski destination offering perfect value for money.”

Along with this achievement, Bansko is becoming more and more popular on a global scale. Renowned as the winter capital of the Balkans, it has already hosted five rounds of the World Ski Cup and two rounds of the World Snowboard Cup in 2017 and 2018. From 22 to 24 February 2019 Bansko and Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko will again welcome the world’s ski elite for the upcoming FIS Men’s Ski World Cup, which attracts enormous interest and is expected to increase the exposure of the resort.

This year was very successful for Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko, which just a few days ago was also voted – for the third time – as Bulgaria’s Best Hotel Spa at the World Spa Awards. Earlier this year, the hotel received one of the most prestigious awards in the hospitality business when it was named Bulgaria’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards. Along with all of these world-class prizes, the hotel has won theTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for eight consecutive years and is a six-time winner of the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award, every year from 2013 to 2018. Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko was also featured in the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards in the category of: “Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Bulgaria and came first out of 25.

About World Ski Awards:

Launched in 2013, the World Ski Awards has the aim of driving up standards within the ski industry by rewarding the organisations that are leaders in their field. Votes were cast by professionals working within the ski industry – senior executives, travel buyers, tour operators, agents and the media – and by the public (ski tourism consumers). Votes were submitted online at the World Ski Awards website. The World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of the World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

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 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 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 hotel brands. •

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 ▪


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