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WDA News
March 5, 2008   
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  • The Warsaw Destination Alliance (WDA) has welcomed new members recently. These include London- and Paris-based international insurance brokers JLT-SIAC, who serve retail and real estate clients in Warsaw; BSC, a leading supplier of conference equipment for major events; Stay Poland, a tour company whose products include Enigma Warsaw, a special guided tour of Warsaw; and Super Tour.pl, a rapidly growing Destination Management Company (DMC).
  • WDA attended its third CONFEX fair Feb. 12-14. This is an international event organized in London for British meeting planners. At the fair, WDA and its sister organization from the Warsaw City Hall, the Warsaw Convention Bureau (WCB), talked to conference organizers interested in Warsaw. WDA obtained seven requests for proposals to hold conferences in Warsaw from international companies.
  • WDA will be attending the European Meeting Industry Fair (EMIF) in Brussels this month.
  • Alexander Huschka took over as general manager of Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw, part of Syrena Hotels Jan. 1. Huschka had previously been managing director of Columbia Hotels & Resorts. The 57-year old Austrian has a wealth of experience in international hotel management, including a ten-year stint at Renaissance Hotels. Over that time, he opened and managed hotels in Vienna, Bangkok, Los Angeles and Prague. He has also worked as director of operations on behalf of Hotel Property Investors for 36 European hotels managed by Marriott under the Marriott, Courtyard and Renaissance brands.
  • Warsaw's InterContinental Hotel also has a new general manager, Christian Henkemeier, to replace Karl Hala. Henkemeier, a German national, began his career at InterContinental Hotels in 1981 at the InterContinental in Berlin before moving to London. His work has taken him to Paris, Düsseldorf, Beijing and Cologne, where he opened the Hilton Cologne and worked as managing director. He was general manager of the Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel in China from 2004 until taking up his current post.
  • Gabriela Lenar joined the WDA team in January. She is a graduate of the University of Information Technology and Management in Rzeszów and has been working at Colliers International Poland over the past year as assistant to Headley Dean, Managing Partner MRICS. At WDA, Lenar will be assisting Conference Sales Manager Edyta Musielak with MICE projects and other projects promoting Warsaw.

During January 2008, WDA hotels collected fees as follows:
Marriott Warsaw zl.14,608.24
Le Royal Meridien Bristolzl.640.86
Hyatt Regency Warsawzl.7,242.71
Radisson SAS Warsaw zl.4,366.58
Sofitel Victoria Warsaw zl.304.00
Intercontinental Warszawazl.4,838.11
The Westin Warsawzl.3,108.02
Sheraton Warsaw Hotel & Towerszl.4,653.77
Holiday Inn Warsawzl.3,429.33
Le Reginazl.1,926.00
Polonia Palacezl.168.09
Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Conv. Cen.zl.6,393.20
Novotel Warszawa Centrumzl.198.56
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