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The World Ski Awards 2013 Gala Ceremony took place on Saturday, 16 November 2013 at A-Rosa Kitzbühel in Austria. During this most important evening for the ski tourism industry, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko was recognised as a leader in the market with the award for “Bulgaria’s Best Ski Hotel”.

The event was the first ever global initiative to celebrate and reward excellence in the ski hospitality industry and gathered more than 200 ski tourism figureheads and market leaders from North America, Europe Asia, South America and Australasia. General Manager Athanassios Manos accepted the World Ski Award on behalf of the hotel.

“We have been very successful this year. After the recently received SpaFinder Readers’s Choice Country award for a favourite spa in Bulgaria, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is now among the winners of World Ski Awards,” said the General Manager. All these accolades are valuable for us indeed, because they are awarded by our partners and guests. We will do our best to justify their trust and keep exceeding their needs and expectations. I would like to thank our guests for their recognition and hotel staff for their hard and outstanding work. We are committed to cultivating awareness about Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko and such awards bring both - the hotel and the destination to the attention of the international luxury ski traveller.”

Of the 80 countries offering open-air ski areas, the inaugural World Ski Awards focused on the leading 20 nations who are shaping the future of this dynamic industry. Votes were cast by leading ski tourism professionals worldwide, as well as thousands of luxury travel consumers. The complete list of the winners is featured at www.worldskiawards.com/winners/2013. Bansko is deservedly among the winners as well awarded as Bulgaria’s Best Ski Resort.

Sion Rapson, Managing Director, World Ski Awards, said: “The reaction to this – our inaugural event – has been phenomenal. Hundreds of thousands travel professionals and skiers across the globe have voted for their favourite resorts, chalets and hotels. On behalf of World Ski Awards, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the ski tourism figureheads and market leaders who have joined us this weekend. From here in Austria all the way to Japan, Australia and Canada, our winners represent the best in ski from every corner of the globe.”

Earlier this year, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko was awarded “Bulgaria’s Leading Resort” and “Bulgaria’s Leading Spa Resort” by World Travel Awards 2013. In addition, the hotel received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and in 2012, while last but not least Booking.com customers gave the hotel an overall ranking of 9.3.

About World Ski Awards

Launched in 2012, World Ski Awards aims to drive 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 media - and by the public (ski tourism consumers). Votes were submitted online on the World Ski Awards website. World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as "the Oscars of the travel industry".

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 73 five-star hotels in 30 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 and Marketing Coordinator ▪

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko ▪ 96, Pirin Street ▪ 2770 Bansko ▪ Bulgaria

Tel. +359 749 88888 ▪ Fax +359 749 88560 ▪ emiliya.kordeva@kempinski.com

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