Meridien tops hotel nominations in regional industry awards

BAHRAIN March 2002 : Le Royal Meridien Bahrain stands out as the only Bahrain-based hotel to appear in the recently announced DEPA Middle East Hotel Awards 2002 to be held in Cairo in April this year.
The resort property, also Bahrain’s only beachfront hotel, has received nominations in four categories – Hotel Design of the Year; Best Business Hotel; Best Leisure Hotel and Best Advertising Campaign.
Francesco Borrello, general manager of the luxury property confirmed his delight in receiving the news : “Le Royal Meridien Bahrain has rightly been nominated for four awards and we are absolutely thrilled at the acknowledgement, even more so as I am told that we are the only property in Bahrain that features in the final list that will go before the judging panel next month.”
According to DEPA officials, all five-star hotels in the Middle East region were given the opportunity to enter with the final call being the responsibility of industry-related specialists, including Bahrain’s Mohamed Buzizi, CEO of Bahrain Hotels Company.
Buzizi joins the judging panel alongside notable business heads, including Stephen Head, Vice President, Lausanne Hospitality Consulting, Switzerland; Russell Kett, Managing Director, HVS International, London; Stuart Scher, Chairman, Taylor Nelson Sofres Hospitality & Leisure, London and Tarek Mansour, Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cairo.
PricewaterhouseCoopers Egypt is also appointed the adjudicators and verifiers of the judging process and the results.
While, in the region, Meridien received a total of 11 nominations, putting the luxury hotel brand in joint top position, alongside Ritz-Carlton, with Hilton in second position with a total of five.
The results of the DEPA Middle East Hotel Awards 2002 will be announced at
an Oscars style black tie dinner and awards ceremony in the Egyptian capital next month (April 18 2992).
According to announcement from the organisers, HE Dr. Mamdouh El Beltagui, Minister of Tourism for Egypt, is slated as the keynote speaker and more than 400 Middle East and international hotel professionals, including hoteliers, owners, developers and suppliers, are expected to attend.