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Five-Star Corinthia Hotel Budapest hosted large group of American travel agents

eTN Staff Writer  May 07, 2010

The five-star, award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest, the only hotel in Hungary's capital to make the list of TripAdvisor's top 25 hotels, hosted a group of 38 American travel agents, all members of The National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA). The agents were on a familiarization trip to Hungary organized by the Hungarian National Tourist Office.

Bob Duglin, business development manager of NACTA said: “We would like to thank the Corinthia Hotel Budapest for hosting our familiarization trip in conjunction with the Hungarian National Tourist Office. Each one of our travel agents commented on the beauty and magnificence of this elegant property. The only thing that exceeded the accommodations and facilities was the warmth and friendliness of their staff."

Corinthia Hotel Budapest‚Äôs director of sales and marketing, Sonja Wilms, said: ‚ÄúAmerica is an important market for Corinthia, one we are looking to expand. We were pleased to have this opportunity to have the NACTA agents experience for themselves the same personal service and luxury facilities that they can expect for their clients.‚ÄĚ Corinthia co-hosted with NACTA a reception for the travel agents in one of the hotel‚Äôs elegant courtyards. Agents were free to use all the Corinthia Hotel facilities including the Executive Lounge and Royal Spa.

Toni Lanotte-Day, president, Toni Tours, Levittown, NY, and a NACTA member participating in the Budapest travel agent trip said: "I was very pleased with the level of service and accommodation and appreciated the attention to detail in the public areas. The Executive Lounge privilege is well worth the extra daily fee. I would not hesitate to send my VIP clients here who appreciate an upscale boutique type hotel experience."

The Corinthia Hotel Budapest, also known affectionately by its historic name, the "Grand Hotel Royal," is a city landmark and a member of the newly-repositioned upper luxury Corinthia Hotels brand. Its neo-classical façade, adorned with statues, columns, and cupolas, has graced Budapest's fashionable thoroughfare, Erzsébet Avenue, for well over a century. It was reopened in 2002, having been faithfully restored to its former glory as Budapest’s leading luxury hotel, featuring a magnificent ballroom and the most extensive conference facilities in the city. With its lavish lobby, superb accommodation, a renovated 19th century spa and various fine-dining options, it once more takes center stage, not only in this elegant imperial yet thoroughly modern city, but also among hotels throughout Europe. Since its re-opening, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest has received numerous awards and accolades for its architecture, cuisine and world class service. The hotel is owned by Malta-based International Hotel Investments (IHI) and operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts, a joint venture between IHI and the Wyndham Hotel Group.


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 Flavors, and Pleasant Surprises" of its Maltese heritage. All Corinthia hotels feature state-of-the-art conference areas, extensive leisure and business traveler facilities, and are each renowned for their uniqueness of character. Corinthia Hotels‚Äô portfolio includes two award-winning properties: The Corinthia Hotel Budapest, Hungary - winner of Europe‚Äôs "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 latest addition to the Corinthia Hotels portfolio is the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London ‚Äď due to open at the end of 2010.


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.

Five-Star Corinthia Hotel Budapest hosted large group of American travel agents
NACTA group on the Corinthia Hotel Budapest lobby staircase / Photo from The Bradford Group

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