Rezidor wins WTM global award

From left: Fernandez, Levy, Sezgin, Thomson, and Juarez at the award ceremony

THE Rezidor Hotel Group has won a prestigious World Travel Market Global Award in recognition of its charitable work over the past 12 months.

Kim Thomson, publishing director of TTN Middle East, the Official Media Partner and World Travel Market head of marketing and communications, Micaela Juarez, presented the award to Yigit Sezgin, global director of sales and marketing, The Rezidor Hotel Group, Nicolas Fernandez, chief engineer, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City and Biya Levy, HR and training manger, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Marina.

The Awards give WTM’s Official Media Partners – which represent key travel industry media around the world – an excellent platform to recognise those companies and individuals which have made the greatest contributions to travel and tourism in their region for that year.

Three nominations from each media partner were judged in September by a panel of three, including an independent body, a representative of WTM and the relevant media partner.

The award for the Middle East was judged by Thomson, Simon Press – Reed Travel Exhibitions, senior director, World Travel Market and Geoffrey Breeze – marketing director, World Travel and Tourism Council.

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has run its Responsible Business Action Month since 2003, and, as part of this, the Radisson Blu and Park Inn Hotels in the Middle East have held the Box Appeal for the past six years. The project urges the community to fill boxes with everyday items such as toothpaste, shampoo and shaving cream. The boxes are collected and distributed by hotel employees to those most in need.

The appeal was created by the Radisson Blu Hotel in Media City and is now a successful regional charity initiative with more than 10,000 boxes delivered each year. This year, the appeal aims to fill more than 15,000 boxes.