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Corinthia Hotels appoint Matthew Dixon as general manager of their new 5-star London property

Corinthia Hotels appoint Matthew Dixon as general manager of their new 5-star London property ( 9th September 2009 - Corinthia Hotels are pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Dixon as General Manager of the Corinthia Hotel in London, which is scheduled to open late 2010.

The property will be Corinthia Hotels’ latest 5-Star deluxe flagship with 300 hotel bedrooms and suites, three distinctive restaurants, a large central courtyard foyer, tea lounge, destination bar, a ballroom restored to its original splendour, the finest conference and boardroom facilities and London’s largest luxury hotel Spa complex.

Matthew Dixon is a well regarded international hotelier with a strong 5-Star pedigree developed in Europe and Asia. Originally Savoy trained, Matthew gained a sound knowledge of hotel marketing and operations at group level and at the Claridges Hotel London. In his early career he gained deluxe international experience in various senior executive roles with Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong and Manila. He then spent a successful period with Rocco Forte hotels as general manager of the Hotel de Russie Rome and general manager of the Brown’s Hotel London.

Shortly after the opening of the Grove, the UK’s most luxurious hotel leisure and golf complex, Matthew joined the operation as general manager and until recently developed and operated this 5-Star international hotel destination as one of the world’s most unique and inspirational hotel conference and golf centres.

Matthew is a graduate of Cornell University, Westminster College London and the University of Pau in France. He is a member of the Institute of Hospitality and speaks Italian, French and Swedish. He will be reporting directly to CHI Hotels&Resorts CEO&Managing Director Tony Potter and will commence his duties on the 21st of September 2009.

Alfred Pisani, Corinthia’s Chairman and founder commented “Corinthia Hotels have great pleasure at joining the 5-Star deluxe London hotel scene and are proud to have this opportunity to develop one of London’s premier properties. Consequently we welcome on board such a distinguished and experienced hotelier as Matthew Dixon to lead the Hotel Team.”

Tony Potter commented at Corinthia’s Headquarters in Floriana, Malta, today “I am absolutely delighted that Matthew Dixon has joined our Senior Management Team and I am confident that he is one of today’s most capable and passionate hoteliers in the world of hospitality. Matthew is an ideal fit for the Corinthia brand and our culture. He is the correct choice to lead our Team in establishing the Corinthia Hotel London as the finest 5-Star property in the city. On a personal basis, I am looking forward to working with Matthew and achieving our goals and objectives within a very rapid timeframe and establishing the property and Corinthia Hotels as a major global player”.

The Corinthia Hotel London is presently being totally transformed from the original Metropole building on Northumberland Avenue, together with the adjoining 10, Whitehall Place. The property was acquired from the Crown Estate last year by a consortium led by Corinthia Hotels and who are now transforming what was the original hotel from the 1880s and subsequently part of the Ministry of Defence, into one of the capital’s most luxury hotels with room sizing averaging 45 square metres. Accommodation will include multi-level penthouse suites and terraces affording spectacular views of the river Thames, Trafalgar Square and Whitehall.

The adjoining 10 Whitehall Place property is being redeveloped to include a 2,500 square metre luxury Spa as well as a suite of 12 exclusive residences ranging from 250 square metres up to over 1,000 square metres.

Corinthia Hotels as an owner and operator of upscale properties, have presently amassed a collection of over 1 billion Euros in owned hotels in St. Petersburg, Malta, Lisbon, Tripoli, Prague, Budapest and now London, besides operating hotels for third parties in key locations.
About Corinthia Hotels
Corinthia Hotels is an internationally acclaimed Brand of luxury hotels in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Libya, Malta, Portugal and Russia. Founded by the Pisani family of Malta in the 1960s, the Corinthia brand stands in that proud tradition of Mediterranean hospitality and its signature services communicate the ‘Warm smiles, Inspired Flavours and Pleasant Surprises’ of its Maltese heritage. All Corinthia hotels feature state-of-the art conference areas, extensive leisure and business traveller facilities, and are each renowned for their uniqueness of character. Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes two award-winning properties: The Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Hungary - winner of Europe’s ‘Best Hotel Architecture Award’ and member of ‘The Most Famous Hotels in the World’ and The Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic - the first hotel ever to win Best Gastronomy Concept in the Czech Republic and a recipient of the ‘5 stars and 6 stripes’ designation from renowned US reviewer Seven Stars and Stripes. The Corinthia Hotels portfolio also features the elegant Corinthia Palace Hotel and Spa and the splendid Corinthia Hotel St Georges Bay in Malta, The superior five-star Corinthia Hotel Tripoli, Libya, the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in Portugal and the renowned Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg, Russia. The Corinthia Hotels brand is associated with the ‘Wyndham Grand Collection’ tier of upscale hotels worldwide.

About CHI Hotels&Resorts
Based in Malta, CHI Hotels&Resorts (CHI) is a leading hands-on hotel management company that provides the full range of technical assistance and management services to hotel owners worldwide. CHI is the exclusive operator and developer for the luxury Corinthia Hotels brand as well as the Wyndham and Ramada Plaza brands in Europe, Africa and The Middle East. CHI draws on a heritage of over 45 years in delivering high quality services to hotel guests and an optimum rate of return to owners and investors in diverse business environments. Our experience across our three brands extends to management of luxury and upscale properties in city and resort locations and products ranging from boutique to conference and Spa hotels. CHI Hotels&Resorts is a joint venture between International Hotel Investments plc (IHI) – 70% and The Wyndham Hotel Group (WHG) – 30%.

PHOTO CAPTION: Matthew Dixon

Issued by the Communications Department of Corinthia Hotels on 9th September 2009. CONTACT: MANUEL BRIFFA Phone: +356 2551 1146 Fax: +356 2123 9732 Mobile:+356 9943 2252 Website : PHOTO/S CAPTION: Matthew Dixon

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