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June 17, 2010   
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InterContinental Wins BPCC Award
The InterContinental Warszawa Hotel, part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the largest hotel group in the world, was named “Hotel of the Year 2010” at the British-Polish Chamber of Commerce’s annual Business Awards ceremony held at Warsaw’s Hilton Hotel April 29. The award for the InterContinental Warszawa is for the hotel’s overall business performance and for providing top-quality customer service.

The InterContinental Warszawa Hotel, which is a member of the Warsaw Destination Alliance (WDA), was also ranked among the world’s best hotels on the 2010 Expedia Insiders’ Select List. The list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and notable value.


Study Tour
The WDA, along with the InterContinental Hotel, the DTZ company and Focus Travel agency, April 26 hosted 14 MBA students from the Lucerne School of Business. The event featured presentations by the WDA and DTZ. Students were also addressed by Alex Kloszewski, chairman of the Warsaw Destination Alliance.

Christian Henkemeier, general manager of the Intercontinental Warszawa, spoke about the hotel’s operations in Warsaw and those of the Intercontinental Group worldwide.

The visiting students, who are majoring in tourism, were given a tour of the Intercontinental Hotel and were also shown around Warsaw by Focus Travel.


Entrepreneurs Praise Warsaw
According to the European Cities Entrepreneurship Ranking (ECER) survey by France’s Banque Populaire, Warsaw is the third most business-friendly city in Europe. The 2010 ranking list covered 37 cities in 18 countries. Warsaw came in third after Germany’s Frankfurt and Sweden’s Malmö.

In the survey, entrepreneurs were asked to assess cities they operate in according to a number of factors, including enterprise promotion and availability, assistance while establishing and developing a company, access to private and public financing, and business surroundings, including real estate and infrastructure.


WDA Joins Rat Race
The WDA supported this year’s Warsaw Rat Race, a 3.5k charity run in business suits and uniforms around Warsaw’s Pole Mokotowskie park May 8.

The runners formed teams of four and ran to raise funds for recently disabled young people. The registration fee was donated to the First Step Fund, a program to support recently disabled youngsters run by the Sue Ryder Foundation and the Association of the Friends of Integration.


MultiFest.pl on Facebook
MultiFest.pl, a joint project by the WDA and The Warsaw Voice dedicated to cultural events in Warsaw, is now available on Facebook.

Everyone joining the MultiFest.pl profile has now access to news and information about interesting cultural events taking place in Warsaw through the Facebook social networking website. To get even more information in English, visit the official website www.MultiFest.pl. Event organizers can add information about their events to the website by visiting the MultiFest.pl website or contacting the project coordinator, Katarzyna Knoll (katarzyna.knoll@wda.waw.pl).


WDA City Fee Collection/Levy

In April, WDA member hotels collected a total of zl.25,199 from voluntary levies from hotel guests. The total amount collected since the start of the year is zl.104,339.

Warsaw Destination Alliance is an association of Warsaw companies and institutions whose aim is to promote Warsaw abroad and assist in the city’s growth. WDA was founded in 2003 by Alex Kloszewski, former Director General of InterContinental Warszawa Hotel and Gerd Bauer from the Sheraton Hotel in Warsaw. Today, WDA has more than 90 members, including private and public institutions and companies representing various industries. Warsaw Destination Alliance is funded by membership fees, voluntary marketing levies for the promotion of Warsaw, donations, fundraising campaigns, auctions and events.

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