New lifestyle and gastronomy hub in downtown Budapest
Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest is proud to announce the completion of the re-design of its ground floor area.
After a planning phase of six months, the reconstruction of the ground floor in Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest started in November of last year and finished, right on schedule, at the end of March 2013. This was the first major refurbishment of the hotel’s approximately 3,000 sqm of public areas since it originally opened in 1992. Designed by a renowned Hungarian architect, Dr. József Finta, the hotel was a significant symbol of Budapest’s re-emergence on the European stage. The aim of the reconstruction was to give a new life and distinction to the building in a way that would meet the expectations of luxury hotel guests in the 21st century.
The full press release is available here.
ORCO welcomes new tenant in Orco Business Park
Orco Property Group
is delighted to announce that it has signed a new contract for Building B of Orco Business Park. The new tenant, Eurobus-Invest Regionális Közlekedésfejlesztési Zrt. is a member of Arriva and Deutsche Bahn, they operate scheduled, contracted, long-distance and international bus services in Hungary and Slovakia.More information is available in the full press release.
New BBC channel at Grayling
From April 2013, in addition to BBC Entertainment, Grayling will be responsible for the communication of the factual and non-fiction channel, BBC Knowledge.
BBC Knowledge entered into the Hungarian market on 1 January 2013 after contracting with DIGI, allowing Hungarian viewers to enjoy the newest episodes of such popular series as Top Gear or Dara O’Brian’s Science Club.
Grayling Hungary has been responsible for the communication of BBC Entertainment (formerly BBC Prime) in Hungary since 2008, and now BBC Worldwide have decided to entrust the agency with the PR activities of the new channel as well.
For more information, please download the full press release.
BBC Entertainment viewers across Europe & Middle East declare Blackadder as their favourite British comedy
BBC Entertainment viewers across Europe and the Middle East have awarded cult classic 'Blackadder' the ultimate accolade of 'Favourite British Comedy'. Faced with tough competition from a choice of 30 funny favourites, which included the critically acclaimed classic Fawlty Towers and BAFTA award-winning Little Britain, viewers cast over a thousand votes via www.bbcentertainment.com between 3 November and 9 December 2012 to determine the Comedy Countdown top ten.
Competition was fierce with less than 3.9% between the top three, but only one could take the crown! The top ten programmes as chosen by viewers were revealed on BBC Entertainment in a special week of programming. Topping the vote with a comedy blaze of glory and culminating in a special double bill on 1 January 2013, Blackadder was awarded the honourable title of 'Favourite British Comedy' with 12.2% of the vote.
The top ten in full as voted for by viewers were:
2. My Family
3. Fawlty Towers
4. Keeping Up Appearances
5. Allo Allo
6. Little Britain
7. Gavin & Stacey
8. As Time Goes By
9. One Foot In The Grave
10. 2 Point 4 Children
Tune in to BBC Entertainment this January and February to find a host of other comedy greats coming up from the home of British Comedy including Come Fly with Me, Friday Night Dinner and Live at the Apollo.
For more information, please contact Ms. Ágnes Tóth at Grayling Hungary on +36 1 266-7833 or via email.
Intercontinental Budapest receives Developing People and Safe Hotel Awards
The InterContinental Budapest received the Developing People Award in late 2012 for being the most passionate about its people and demonstrating its total commitment to employee development and career progression, helping great talent progress within their brand.
As for the Safe Hotel Award, it went to the InterContinental Budapest because its strong systems, such as automatic fire detection alarms, smoke extractors in the corridors, sprinkler protection and fire-protected exit routes give the hotel excellent safety credentials.
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With FirstMed families for Csodalampa´s children
During the months of July and August 2012, FirstMed will be donating a portion of its proceeds from three of its physicals to a charity called Csodalámpa (Magic Lamp) Foundation benefiting chronically and severely ill children. This summer, three of FirstMed’s physicals will be available at a substantial discount for participating families. The money collected during this campaign will be used to make wishes come true for children undergoing lengthy and difficult treatments for life-threatening illnesses. So by signing up for a physical exam, you could be making a child’s wish come true – in addition to taking care of your own health.
To find aout more about how you can do that, please see details on the FirstMed website.
Sunday Brunch is back at Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge
The Family Sunday Brunch is back every Sunday at the Terrasse Restaurant of Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge. Whether it is a special occasion, an opportunity for friends to catch up or a pleasant start to a lazy weekend day, Sofitel Sunday Brunch is a meal for relaxation. The Chef creates a special seasonal menu with the best local ingredients based on traditions of the French and Hungarian cuisine. Lemonade bar, dessert manufactory corner, DJ and free children animation programs await guests, and there is also a special discount for BCCH members, about which you can find out more by clicking here.
Hilton Budapest on Tripadvisor's list of hotels with amazing views
Tripadvisor.com, the popular and influential travel web portal published a list in March 2012 of the top 10 hotel rooms in the world with the most beautiful views. The Hilton Budapest is very proud to announce that it ranked 5th on this impressive list.
The hotel is located in the Buda Castle District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its rooms provide a breathtaking panorama with the extraordinary attraction of some of the capital city’s best-known sights: the Fisherman’s Bastion, the River Danube, the Hungarian Parliament, Margaret Island, and other beautiful buildings on both the Buda and Pest side of the city.
TESCO named Robert Burns International Foundation sponsor of the year
The name of the Robert Burns International Foundation Sponsor of the Year was revealed to a crowd of 75,000 on 14 January 2012, with Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United Football Club, and the RBIF’s Honorary President, presenting the trophy to David Wood, commercial director of Tesco Global Áruházak Zrt.
Tesco Hungary is one of a handful of sponsors who have supported the charity fund raising Budapest Burns Supper since the very first Burns Overnight 15 years ago in 1998. The retailer, one of the largest employers in Hungary, is only the fifth recipient of the Puskás Ferenc – Sir Alex Ferguson Sponsor of the Year Trophy.
To read more about this news item, please download the full press release by Robin Marshall.
Interdean named Relocation Management Company of the Year
Interdean Relocation Services is proud to announce that it has been awarded an EMMA (Expatriate Management and Mobility Award) for Relocation Management Company of the Year. The relocation industry’s ultimate accolade was presented at the EMMAs Gala Awards Dinner on Friday, 4 November 2011, hosted at the Park Plaza in London.
To win this award, Interdean fought off some tough competition; the Forum for Expatriate Management received over 500 entries for the EMMA Awards this year. The judging panel deliberated over numerous facets of the applications that they received before awarding Interdean with the relocation industry’s ultimate tribute.
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Provident Hungary wins Excellence in Customer Service Award
Provident Hungary is proud to share the news of the company winning the Excellence in Customer Service Award in the category of personal and call center customer service, based on a series of objective surveys and the opinion of their clients. In the contest, which was announced for the third time, 98% of the clients considered the call center service good or excellent and 96% were satisfied with the personal customer service.
This is the top award to be granted in Hungary for being customer focused.
After 2010, the Call Center of Provident Hungary was granted with the Excellence in Customer Service Award for the second time for its professional and high-quality services. Furthermore, the company also won first prize among large corporations in the category of personal customer service. The competition included organizations such as Telenor, Vodafone, Neckermann, Mercedes-Benz, and so on.
Client First, the organiser of the competition, asked more than 6,000 clients and evaluated almost 2,000 mystery shopping tests during the contest. The ranking was created based on the results of these. In the first round of the quality control process Client First personally asked the competing companies' clients about their opinion and experience in the frame of an objective survey, then they also tested the customer services with mystery calls and shopping.
"The fact that we won the Excellence in Customer Service Award in both categories demonstrates the engagement, persistence and precision of our colleagues. The competition was preceded by a long preparation: special trainings, tests were conducted and all of our colleagues showed outstanding commitment to be successful." - points out Botond Szirmák, Country Manager.
Shell launches new breakthrough fuel
Shell FuelSave Euro 95 and Shell FuelSave Diesel was launched in Hungary on 6 September 2011 to help drivers save fuel without any other extra effort or extra costs than refilling the tank at the fuel station. Shell’s new fuels have been developed over the years by Shell scientists dedicated to creating ground-breaking fuels for drivers, and they help drivers get the most out of their fuel from the very first drop.
Balázs Erényi, Shell Hungary CEO said: “Shel FuelSave Euro 95 and Diesel are a technological breakthrough, which means that you can pull straight in at a Shell station and save fuel by filling up, without paying extra costs. The greatest thing is that millions of cars are able to become more efficient, that can have a positive effect on total fuel consumption in the country."
To read more, please download the full press release.