Tony Potter, CEO, Corinthia Hotels, as co-sponsor of the World Tourism Award with American Express, International Herald Tribune and Reed Travel Exhibitions, announced on Sept. 19 the 2007 honorees at a press breakfast at Tavern on the Green, New York City. The annual Award will be presented in London at World Travel Market, the premier global showcase of the travel industry, on November 12, 2007 at Excel Centre.

The 2007 Honorees are three inspiring and visionary leaders of the American Tourism Society (ATS), Alex Harris, CTC Chairman, ATS and Chairman General Tours, one of the Co-Founders of ATS; Michael Stolowitzky, President & CEO, and H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji, of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Chair, Mediterranean /Red Sea Council.

From left to right: Michael Stolowitzky, World Tourism Award (WTA) Honoree, President & CEO, American Tourism Society (ATS), Alex Harris, WTA Honoree, CTC, Chairman, (ATS), Vivienne Willison, Sales Director, Corinthia Hotels, Tony Potter, CEO, Corinthia Hotels

The 2007 Honorees will be recognized for “their extraordinary vision and inspiring leadership in their respective roles as leaders in the American Tourism Society, through which they have fostered the establishment of emerging destinations into the main stream of tourism; supported the training and development of local tourism companies and organizations; and have contributed to tourism becoming a vital factor in the fast-paced growth of employment in local economies.”

The American Tourism Society (ATS), a nonprofit, nonpolitical travel industry organization established in 1989, focuses on transformational destinations. Its membership includes tour operators, hotels and resorts, international airlines, cruise lines, Government Tourist Offices, meeting and incentive planners, travel agents, tourism, educators and public relations and marketing firms dedicated to promoting, developing and expanding high-quality, reliable travel between North America and the ATS destination areas: the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Russia.

The World Tourism, Award inaugurated in 1997 and celebrating its 10th Anniversary, was established to recognize “the extraordinary initiatives by individuals, companies, organizations, destinations and attractions for outstanding accomplishments in the travel industry.”

About Corinthia Hotels International (CHI) | CHI is a hotel operating company that is a joint venture between Malta based International Hotel Investments plc (IHI) and Wyndham Hotel Group of the US. It undertakes hotel management operations for Corinthia Group and IHI owned or affiliated hotels as also for third party owners. CHI is also the exclusive hotel management company for Wyndham Hotel Group managed hotels in the EMEA region operating under the Corinthia, Ramada Plaza and Wyndham categories. CHI has accumulated over 40 years of experience in delivering a high quality service to hotel guests and an optimum rate of return for owners and investors in diverse business environments. Its expertise extends to management of luxury and upscale properties in city and resort locations, and products ranging from boutique to large conference and meeting hotels. Corinthia this year features among the top 50 hotel groups in Europe, as reviewed by Hotel Management International, an official publication of the European Hotel Managers Association.

About Corinthia Hotels | Corinthia Hotels is a luxury collection of five-star hotels in Budapest - Hungary; Lisbon - Portugal; Malta; Prague - Czech Republic; St. Petersburg - Russia; and Tripoli - Libya. Founded by the Pisani family of Malta in the 1960s, the Corinthia brand stands in that proud tradition of European hospitality and its signature services communicate the ‘Warmth, Colour and Vitality’ of its Maltese heritage. All Corinthia hotels feature state-of-the art conference areas and extensive business traveller facilities. Corinthia Hotels’ portfolio includes two award-winning properties: In Budapest, The Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal which received Europe’s ‘Best Hotel Architecture Award’ and was selected to join the privileged list of ‘The Most Famous Hotels in the World’ and also won the International Five-Star Diamond Award for its commitment to excellence in luxury amenities and top quality services. In Prague, The Corinthia Towers Hotel, first hotel ever to win best Gastronomy Concept in the Czech Republic; and its award-winning Oriental Restaurant Rickshaw, recipient of the "5 stars and 6 stripes" designation from renowned US reviewer Seven Stars and Stripes. Corinthia Hotels is associated with the Wyndham Grand Collection.

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