PARIS, 2014-11-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Brian Gleeson, General Manager of the Radisson Blu Paradise Resort & Spa Sochi (Russia), has been named “Best Hotelier” at the MKG Worldwide Hospitality Awards 2014 – he received the prestigious award at a glamourous gala night in Paris. Brian opened the 5-star Radisson Blu Paradise Resort & Spa at the Black Sea coast in December 2013 – perfectly in time for the Winter Olympics that were held in Sochi in February 2014. During the Games, the 508 room resort performed at highest level and was home to government delegations from Russia, the United States and many more countries, to leading media such as NBC, and to celebrities from the world of sports, film and music.
“We are very proud of Brian, and our entire group joins me in congratulation him – winning in a key category of the MKG Worldwide Hospitality Awards is an outstanding achievement”, said Wolfgang M. Neumann, President & CEO of Rezidor. “Brian has ramped up the Radisson Blu Paradise Resort & Spa within an exceptionally short time frame. Following our service philosophy Yes I Can! he has motivated his team to a fantastic performance during the Winter Olympics, and has delivered excellent results during and after the Games”, continued Neumann.
Post Olympics and in a challenging market environment, Brian successfully positioned the resort towards the transient and conference & events segment – featuring 1,500 square meters of MICE facilities, the Radisson Blu Paradise Resort & Spa is the leading conference hotel in and around Sochi. In August 2014, the hotel was voted “Europe’s Leading New Resort” by World Travel Awards; and in October 2014 it was the official F1 hotel during the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Sochi – hosting eight different F1 teams, government officials and authorities.
The Worldwide Hospitality Awards, now in their 15th year, were created by Georges Panayotis, President & CEO of MKG Group, as an international competition and opportunity for hotel groups to highlight their exemplary achievements. The awards belong to the most prestigious recognitions within the global travel industry.
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