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Stephan Interthal appointed General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Corvinus Budapest

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus welcomes back Stephan Interthal, new General Manager of the Budapest property.

Before his appointment, Mr Interthal was in charge of Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow from July 2013, where he oversaw the final stages of a 20-million-euro renovation project as well as the repositioning of the hotel. Prior to Moscow, he spent three-and-a-half years managing Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa, the Kempinski's flagship property in China.

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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.

Gábor Komáromy Scholarship

Budapest, 25th August 2014 – Cook Communications, a full-service financial, corporate and consumer Public Relations agency with offices in Budapest, Prague, Sofia, Bucharest and Warsaw, and the Mathias Corvinus Collegium (MCC) in Budapest are pleased to announce that applications are invited for the 2014 Gábor Komáromy Scholarship for news reporting.

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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.

New General Manager at the Budapest Marriott Hotel

Rick Enders got appointed to the General Manager position of the Budapest Marriott Hotel and the Millennium Court, Marriott Executive Apartments, joining from his role as General Manager of the Prague Marriott Hotel and Longin Center, Marriott Executive Apartments.

He has experience gained in over a 25-year career with Marriott International, holding various executive positions across Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa. His previous positions included Director of F&B at the JW Marriott Mirage City in Egypt, Director of F&B at the Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze, Director of Operations at the Warsaw Marriott Hotel, Opening General Manager of the Courtyard Prague Flora and Cluster General Manager for the Courtyard by Marriott Prague Airport & Courtyard by Marriott Pilsen.

He is a native Dutch and fluent in German and English.

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. To read more about this news item, please click here.

Botond Szirmák, CEO of Provident Hungary wins Manager of the Year award

Botond Szirmák, CEO of Provident Hungary, was voted Manager of the Year by the Hungarian Association of Managers.

This is a prestigious award and is judged by senior professionals from a wide range of industry sectors including business and professional services as well as the media. Although an individual award, the award reflects well on Provident Hungary and further builds our growing reputation in this important market.

The award recognised the progress Provident Hungary has made under Botond Szirmak’s leadership. Today Provident has a growing business that has not only been awarded the Superbrand status in Hungary, but recognised as a great place to work and one that constantly delivers for its customers and the communities where it operates.

Botond Szirmak’s approach to leadership helped him stand out from the other candidates; particularly his inclusive approach that empowers and integrates his people into decision-making and the successful execution of the growth strategy.

On receiving the award, Botond Szirmák expressed his thanks to al the employees in Hungary. He said: “This is an award for all our employees in Hungary who have been so dedicated and engaged in the delivery of our strategic goals. I would like to thank them for their commitment and continued professionalism.”

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.

FirstMed announces new location

FirstMed are proud to announce the opening of their second Budapest location. The new clinic brings the same high standard of medical care and attentive customer support as the Hattyúház location, and is situated in north-west Budapest at the junction of Hűvösvölgyi and Nagykovácsi út, directly across from the Stop.Shop MOL station.

The Hűvösvölgyi location will be open Monday-Friday from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm for scheduled visits with general practitioners, pediatricians, gynecologists and physical therapists (adult and pediatric), mainly handling general medical issues. If you need a specialist, the team can easily assist you with making an appointment at the Hattyúház location.

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Hilton Budapest on Tripadvisor's list of hotels with amazing views, 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.

Eördögh Bird & Bird takes home a top award at the annual Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards

Eördögh Bird & Bird's intellectual property team was named the IP Team of the Year 2013 at the Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards in London.

During the evening, Bird & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group were named as the winners of three top awards at the Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards. The awards were: UK Trade Mark Contentious Team of the Year, IP Team of the Year (Hungary) and High Tech Team of the Year, Patents (Europe).

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