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 Park Plaza Hotels Europe Award Key Managers
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London 16 May 2007 – Park Plaza Hotels Europe have rewarded their best performing hotel, most successful general manager and company employee of the year with accolades presented during Carlson's Annual Business Conference in Paris last week. 

The award for Hotel of the Year was granted to the Park Plaza Mandarin Eindhoven and gratefully accepted by Hotel Manager Nieske van Klinken on behalf of her team. The Park Plaza Mandarin was the company's first hotel back in 1989 and it still continues to out-perform and achieve budget under the leadership of Nieske and her team of dedicated, enthusiastic professionals motivated by strong teamwork and the realisation of common goals. The attitude and performance of the team - most of which have been at the hotel for an average of five years - together with the hotels' excellent financial results of 2006 prove the hotel a worthy and deserved winner of the Hotel of the Year award. 

The award for General Manager of the Year was awarded to Greg Hegarty at the Park Plaza Sherlock Holmes London. During his 13 months at the company's boutique-style hotel on Baker Street, Greg made significant and innovative improvements to the property, motivated and inspired his team to deliver exceptional levels of customer service and transformed its financial results with a 23% year on year sales growth. At just 29 year's old, Greg is one of the youngest General Managers on the London circuit and has more than earned his recent promotion to open the forthcoming 398-room Park Plaza County Hall London this October. 

Finally, but arguably the most prestigious award - that which recognises the dedication, commitment and loyalty of just one individual - is Employee of the Year, this year proudly awarded to Hassane Bouyrden, Steward at Park Plaza Astrid Antwerp. Hassane has been at the iconic hotel for seven years, during which time he has continued to bring a wealth of enthusiasm and a 'can do' attitude to every task, is a patient and committed listener and motivator to his colleagues and is respected within and outside of the company. 

Erik van Kessel, Chief Operating Officer for Park Plaza Hotels Europe was delighted to comment on Hassane's achievement and that of Greg and the Mandarin Park Plaza Eindhoven: 

"I am thrilled with each and every one of our employees’ dedication and commitment to breaking records, achieving results and inspiring new innovation this year and in 2006 for which these awards are recognised.  Such considerable individual achievements from Greg and Hassane are testament to the calibre of professionals employed with Park Plaza Hotels and we are immensely proud of their success.   Equally, the combined efforts from a fantastic team at Park Plaza Mandarin Eindhoven have proved a winning-formula year on year and I am delighted for them to have received this award during Carlson’s Annual Business Conference where our own team and those of our partners were able to witness to their achievement." 

About Park Plaza Hotels Europe 
Park Plaza Hotels Europe is a full service hotel management company that was launched in 1993 with the vision to create a collection of upper full-service hotels to meet the demands of the contemporary business and leisure traveller. The collection includes 25 hotels under the Park Plaza Hotels & Resorts and art’otel brands. Completing the collection is the Plaza on the River Club and Residence, the company’s deluxe property in London.  In total the portfolio offers 4,100 guest rooms in operation with a further 4 hotels already in development to increase the footprint to 5,900 rooms by 2010. The company is dedicated to providing a highly competitive offering to hotel investors and operators. Through its partnership with Carlson Hotels Worldwide, the company is connected to a worldwide distribution network of travel agents and websites capable of delivering high volumes of business to its hotels.  Strong sales, marketing, IT and operations led from three regional offices in Amsterdam, Berlin and London complete the package. 

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Contact:

Alistair Watts - Director of Marketing 
Tel: +44 7803 602 855 
Email: awatts@pphe.com
PPHE.com

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Also See: Galliard and Frogmore Property Company Limited Partnership Appoints Park Plaza Hotels Europe to Operate Two New Hotels Being Built on South Side of River Thames in London / October 2005
Park Plaza Hotels in North America, Europe and India Unify to Form One Brand / Nov 2002
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