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December 30, 2014   
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Awards for Hotel Managers
The winners of the Polish hotel industry’s first Hotel Manager of the Year competition were announced at an awards ceremony at Warsaw’s Sofitel Victoria Hotel in late November.

According to the competition organizers, the Hotelarz trade magazine and consulting company Horwath HTL, the Hotel Manager of the Year award aspires to “become the most prestigious award in Poland’s hotel industry and promote the sector’s best professionals.”

More than 70 hotel managers competed for awards in seven categories. The winners were selected by a panel of 24 hotel industry professionals, including CEOs of hotel chains and individual hotels, members of company management boards, regional directors and professionals specializing in different areas of the hotel trade.

The winners were selected in the following categories:
General Manager of a Chain Hotel—Magdalena Mucha, Hilton Gdańsk;
General Manager of a Non-Chain Hotel—Grażyna Kowalczyk, Narvil Hotel;
Sales and Marketing Director of a Chain Hotel—Katarzyna Niezgoda, Vienna International Hotel Management;
Sales and Marketing Director of a Non-Chain Hotel—Daniel Błaszkiewicz, Anders Stare Jabłonki Hotel;
Revenue Manager—Marta Hancock, Orbis Hotel Group;
Hotel Manager Under 35—Miłosz Stanisławski, Sound Garden Hotel Warsaw.

Awards were also presented in the Hotel Manager of the Quarter-Century category to those who had the biggest impact on the Polish hotel industry since the fall of communism in this country in 1989. The winners in this category were Małgorzata Chechlińska of the TRIP Group, Andrzej Dowgiałło of the Anders Group, and Wiesław, Tadeusz and Leszek Likus of Liwa Holding.

Money.pl Changes Hands
Grupa Money, a news, advertising and e-commerce company whose flagship product is the popular finance-related website Money.pl, has been acquired by the Wirtualna Polska group.
Wirtualna Polska owns Poland’s oldest and largest web portal—Wirtualna Polska (www.wp.pl). Grupa Money, meanwhile, owns several websites that have over 3.7 million views a month. Money.pl, which went online 14 years ago, has since spawned several business-related websites specializing in the real estate market, automotive news and the labor market, in addition to lifestyle websites such as iWoman.pl and Menstream.pl

Free VoD for License Fee Payers
TVP, the Polish public television broadcaster, has launched a free video-on-demand (VoD) service, hoping it will encourage more households to pay the television license fee.

The new service, called Strefa Widza (Viewer Zone), was launched in December and is only available to viewers who regularly pay the television license fee. At present, that is less than 10 percent of Polish households.

By setting up a user-friendly Strefa Widza account at www.tvp.pl, viewers get free access to TVP VoD resources such as premieres, favorite serials from years ago and some of the best Polish feature films.

They can also see new episodes of popular TV serials. Additionally, Strefa Widza users are offered discounts in TVP’s online store at http://sklep.tv.pl.

New Mag for Traditionalists
A new weekly magazine from Bauer Publishing targeting readers attached to family, home and traditional Catholic values has hit newsstands in Poland.

The magazine, entitled Dobry Tydzień (Good Week), showcases figures in Polish public life, particularly those who support family values and with a patriotic and Catholic bent. The magazine publishes articles on various events from Polish history, on the Roman Catholic Church, its leaders and saints, and probes the “mysteries of the Bible.”

There is also food, health and legal advice, including recipes for traditional Polish dishes.

Talent Promotion Website
Polish media group TVN has launched an entertainment video website to promote unique talent, exceptional events and internet hits from all over the world. The website, veedo.pl, targets all those who want to show off their interests and passions to a wider public. It enables users to post short videos showing off their unique skills in a variety of categories, from artistic talent to sporting accomplishments and lifestyle advice.

The most talented contributors will land air time on television and advertising contracts. Those who send in the most popular videos will be eligible for a part of the proceeds from ads displayed with their films. In addition to content made available by internet users, veedo.pl will offer online video hits from various media sources, both Polish and international.

M.R., L.Ż.
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