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Corinthia Hotels in Malta and Russia bag travel industry Oscars

Corinthia Hotels in Malta and Russia bag travel industry Oscars ( Corinthia Hotels announced that its five-star Corinthia Palace Hotel&Spa in Malta and its Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg in Russia, were among Europe's travel elite to walk off with top honors at a World Travel Awards (WTA) ceremony hosted in the Algarve on Saturday, October 6, 2012. The former has been voted “Malta’s Leading Hotel” for the fourth consecutive year, whereas the latter was named “Russia’s Leading Conference Hotel.” The luxury Corinthia Hotels brand is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Other Corinthia hotels that featured prominently among the WTA finalists in various categories included the Corinthia Hotel London, Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay, and Corinthia Hotel Lisbon.

Hailed as the “Oscars of the Travel Industry” by the global media, World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, and highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry over the past year. A packed delegation of VIPs, senior tourism figures, and international media travelld from 35 nations to attend the event.

Set in extensive landscaped gardens, the Corinthia Palace Hotel&Spa, the “Grand Lady” of Malta’s luxury hotels, was the very first hotel to fly the Corinthia flag when it opened in 1968 in the presence of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Since then, the world renowned hotel has become the benchmark for excellence in Malta’s luxury hotel sector and the catalyst for the worldwide expansion of the “Corinthia Hotels” brand.

Following extensive refurbishment and restructuring work, the 400-room luxury Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg was re-launched with more bedrooms and more facilities under one roof than any other luxury five-star hotel in the city. The hotel, together with grand properties on either side of it on the city’s main boulevard, was acquired as an operating hotel in 2002 by International Hotel Investments plc. (IHI).

IHI, which is the owner, developer, and operator of all Corinthia Hotels, has since invested a further 100 million euro in the total refurbishment of the original hotel, complete with a new grand foyer, a new restaurant, and new bars. The adjoining buildings on either side of the hotel were demolished and carefully reconstructed with ornate facades matching their original splendor, rebuilt using traditional techniques. The hotel also has the city’s first grand ballroom in a five-star hotel.

Underlining the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across Europe Graham E. Cooke, President and Founder, World Travel Awards, said: “During times of economic austerity world-class brands come into their own, and the winners at our Europe Ceremony represent the cream of the continent."

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