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The newly-extended and refurbished five-star Corinthia Hotel St.

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The newly-extended and refurbished five-star Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg has been selected by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (AAHS) to receive the prestigious “Five Star Diamond Award” as one of the finest hotels in its category and classification in the Russian Federation.

The award was presented to the hotel by Mr. Joseph Cinque, president and CEO of the academy in the presence of St. Petersburg’s head of tourism Ms. Marianna Ordzhonikidze. Also present at the ceremony were some 100 journalists, representatives of the travel industry, and dignitaries from the cultural community of the northern Capital of Russia.

The Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg is the first hotel in Russia this year to receive such accolades from the AAHS, which is awarded for consistency of products and services and overall standards of high-quality performance.

“It is a great honor to have our St. Petersburg hotel endorsed by the academy so soon after the completion of an extensive renovation and enlargement project that has repositioned the hotel as the top property in the city,” said Tony Potter, CEO and managing director of the hotel’s operating company, CHI Hotels & Resorts. “The Five Star Diamond Award is coveted and respected throughout the world, and we are very pleased that our hotel has met and exceeded their very high standards and stringent selection criteria,” concluded Tony Potter.

The AAHS is world-renowned for awarding excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector. Each year the academy bestows awards exclusively on five-star establishments that are deemed to be the pinnacle of quality.

“After experiencing the luxurious hotel facilities and the excellent service provided by the hotel staff, we were truly impressed,” proclaimed Mr. Joseph Cinque during the press conference held in the newly-opened sumptuous ballroom of the hotel.

The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is based in New York City and is governed by an International board of trustees. All members of the board are respected leaders in the industry and are themselves, world travelers.

Valuable sources around the globe routinely submit nominations of five-star establishments for review. The board then refines the selection to those who qualify for the ultimate evaluation.

Ideally located in the heart of St. Petersburg, the Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg has everything one can desire in a five-star hotel. It offers 388 comfortable and elegant rooms, including 107 executive superior rooms recently created within the framework of the 100 million euro hotel extension and refurbishment project. Fifteen fully-equipped conference rooms, with a total capacity of 1,000 people, provide an ideal venue for conferences, banquets, and special events.

The Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg is owned by International Hotel Investments plc (IHI), a public company based in Malta with hotel investments in Budapest, Tripoli, Lisbon, Malta, Prague, St. Petersburg, and London. The company’s hotels are operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel operating company owned by IHI and the Wyndham Hotel Group of the United States.


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. In addition to the Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg, the Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes the award-winning Corinthia Hotel Budapest in Hungary, Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic, and Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta. The portfolio also features the splendid Corinthia Hotel S.t George’s Bay in Malta; the superior five-star Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli, Libya; and the modern Corinthia Hotel Lisbon in Portugal. The latest addition to the Corinthia Hotels portfolio is the Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London – due to open in early 2011.


Based in Malta, CHI Hotels & Resorts 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 48 years in delivering high-quality services to hotel guests and an optimum rate of return to owners and investors in diverse business environments. CHI’s experience extends to management of luxury and upscale properties in city and resort locations and products ranging from boutique to conference and Spa hotels. CHI is owned by International Hotel Investments plc (70 percent) and the Wyndham Hotel Group (30 percent).

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