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2010 Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris Honor
IHG with the Jury Grand Prix Award

 Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group Recipient
of Lifetime Achievement Award

November 17, 2010 - IHG, Jumeirah and Hyatt shine at the 2010 Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris, in front of a crowd of 1000 plus industry leaders who came together to celebrate achievements in hospitality. Among the award participants were 200 hotel brands from 27 countries.

InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG) was awarded the Jury Grand Prix at this year's Worldwide Hospitality Awards in Paris.

Overall, the event paid tribute to hotelier achievement, especially triumphant during one of the most difficult periods for the industry. The ceremony was also joined by newly elected French Minister of Tourism Frédéric Lefebvre who addressed the audience with his plans and strategy, stating that just because tourism in France is already working much better than other industries it should not receive any less investment from the government.

(left to right) Georges Panayotis President & CEO MKG Group Founder of the Worldwide Hospitality Awards | Yann Caillère , Deputy CEO in charge of Sofitel EMEA | Design and Construction Accor Hospitality | Gilles Pélisson CEO Accor | Hubert Joly President CEO Carlson Group | Pierre Frédéric Roulot President Louvre Hotels / Golden Tulip Hospitality
"The 2010 and 11th Worldwide Hospitality Awards was a fantastic night. The mood and feeling was very positive, as hoteliers continue to perform well. On behalf of MKG Group I would like to congratulate all winners and finalists, and thank everyone for attending and supporting the industry, especially to new tourism minister Mr Lefebvre, ceremony chairman, Carlson Group President Hubert Joly and advisory board chairman, Louvre Hotels /Golden Tulip Hospitality President Pierre Frédéric Roulot. Once again the event was held at Le-Grand Paris, an amazing venue and only fitting for recognising hospitality excellence," stated event founder, MKG Group President and CEO, Georges Panayotis.

Over 1000 people from around the world gathered at the InterContinental Paris Le-Grand's Opera Garnier to congratulate the winners. Among the award participants were 200 hotel brands from 27 countries , including the world's leading operators and groups.

"Throughout the year there are many conferences and awards related to the hospitality and hotel industry, but this evening's Worldwide Hospitality Awards is surely the best of its kind," Chairman of the ceremony, President & CEO of Carlson Group, Hubert Joly said in his address to the audience.

This year's Lifetime Achievement was presented to Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group. "It's fantastic to be recognised here in Paris at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards. This award is truly representative of the hard work and dedication of the entire team I work with at Jumeirah," said Lawless, dedicating the award to his many inspirations, including his wife, current employer Jumeirah Group and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as former employer Rocco Forte.

Winners and finalists at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2010:

  • Lifetime Achievement
    WINNER : Gerald Lawless, Executive Chairman, Jumeirah Group

  • Jury Grand Prix
    WINNER : InterContinental Hotel Group
    Finalists: Louvre Hotels / Golden Tulip Hospitality NH Hoteles

  • Best Advertising Campaign
    Winner : Ibis
    Finalists: All Seasons Kyriad

  • Best Marketing / e-Commerce operation
    WINNER : Royal Riviera
    Finalists: Dolce Hotels and Resorts The Rezidor Hotel Group

  • Best Initiative in Sustainable Development
    WINNER : B&B
    Finalists Accor Hospitality Pierre & Vacances / Center Parcs

  • Best Human Resources Management Program
    WINNER : Novotel
    Finalists: InterContinental Hotel Group Shangri-La

  • Best Clients' experience program
    WINNER : Swissotel
    Finalists: Hi Park Résidences The Pavilions Phuket

  • Best Innovative concept in the limited service category
    WINNER : Campanile
    Finalists: Freestyle - Milan Onomo - Dakar

  • Best Innovative concept in the full service category
    WINNER : Andaz Hyatt
    Finalists: Hotel Missoni So Spa Sofitel

  • Best hotel novelty of the year
    WINNER : W Barcelona
    Finalists: Le Gray Beirut Pantone Hotel Brussels

  • Best General Manager
    WINNER : Michel Jauslin, General Manager Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme
    Finalists: Geraldine Dobey - General Manager, Hilton Arc de Triomphe Frédéric Picard - General Manager, Mazagan Resort Morocco

Winners and finalists at the Worldwide Hospitality Management Schools Awards 2010:

  • Best Hospitality management school communication
    Winner : Blue Mountains International Hotel School Australia
    Finalists: Escola de hotelaria e turismo de lisboa Vatel Group

  • Best Hospitality management school educational innovation
    Winner : Vatel Bordeaux
    Finalists: Blue Mountains International School Australia Glion Institute of Higher Education

  • Best professional success
    Winner : Guillaume Verchere, Regional Financial Controller Benelux - The Rezidor Hotel Group / Vatel Lyon
    Finalists: Elsa Biscaut, General Director Hidden Hotel / Les Roches, International school of hotel management, Switzerland Jan Kroeckel, Operations Manager, Novotel Phan Thiet Ocean Dunes & Golf / Vatel Bangkok

  • Best young graduates integration program
    Winner : Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
    Finalists: Accor Hospitality Louvre Hotels / Golden Tulip Hospitality

Event Official Partners: Accor Hospitality, Atout France, Baccarat, Evian/Danone Water, Equip'Hotel Paris, Hôtel Fouquet's Barrière, France 24, HTR Magazine, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, INEO GDF Suez, InterContinental Le Grand Hôtel, Karcher, Louvre Hotels/Golden Tulip Hospitality, MKG Group, Palmes d'Or/Nicolas Feuillatte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Samsung, Sealy, Soft Audiovisuel, TV5MONDE, Vatel Group.

About MKG Group
Established in 1985, MKG Group has built a reputation for solid business expertise and substantial know-how in the fields of tourism, lodging and food service. MKG Group meets the needs of each of its clients by providing the valuable analytical and decision-making skills necessary for success.

Methodology & Innovation
With a team of over 60 experienced consultants, as well as advanced research and analytical tools and applications, MKG Hospitality provides a unique savoir-faire in four major areas of expertise: Market Research; Financial Feasibility Studies; Consulting; and Sector publications.

MKG Hospitality is a global leader in tourism, hotel and catering consulting, with the largest database in the world (outside the US), representing all segments from budget to upscale hotels. MKG’s customised database, Hotel CompSet, contains a sample of over 200 brands and 11,000 corporate chain hotels, representing more than one million rooms. Hotel CompSet provides daily, monthly and yearly monitoring of hotel indicators and analyses of its sample.

Together with other specialised brands, MKG Qualiting, OlaKala, Worldwide Hospitality Awards, Global Lodging Forum, HTR Magazine and Hotel Restau Hedbo, MKG Group supports investors, hoteliers and key tourism players improve performance, boost productivity and achieve results.

For further information , please contact :

MKG Group
50 rue Dombasle
Paris, 75015
Phone: +33 1 56 56 87 87
Fax: +33 1 56 56 87 88

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The Top 10 Hotel Groups in the World; IHG Retains Top Spot Surpassing the 600,000 Room Mark / May 2009

Top Twenty Hotel Brands in the World at January 1, 2008, Also Top Ten Hotel Groups in the World / April 2008

The 2008 Top 20 European Hotel Brands Ranking and the Top Ten Hotel Groups Ranking / March 2008

Ranking - Top Ten Worldwide Hotel Chains Growth 1995-2005 / October 2005


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