Posted on Tuesday 15 October 2013 by Ulster Business

Hilton Worldwide

Paula Collins, Hotel Manager with Mark Walker, Hilton Area GM with their World Travel Award pictured at the Hilton Templepatrick

Hilton Belfast & Hilton Templepatrick have been recognised as Leading Hotel of the year and Leading Business Hotel of the year respectively at the European final of the renowned World Travel Awards 2013, voted for by travel agents worldwide.

At the Europe Gala Ceremony, which took place in Antalya, Turkey, on Saturday 31 August, the two Hilton Worldwide hotels in Northern Ireland were amongst the company's 20 properties to receive an accolade. The awards for both hotels come on the anniversary of both hotels opening 15 years ago. Mark Walker, Area General Manager said "We are absolutely delighted on winning these two prestigious awards which have recognised not only the standard of our product but more importantly the service and dedication of our teams who strive to deliver international standards on a daily basis. "

Both properties have undergone an extensive refurbishment programme and have been honoured with many awards over the years. Simon Vincent, area president, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide, said, "I am delighted to see so many of our hotels recognized at these well-respected awards, including one for the fifth consecutive year. This demonstrates a consistent level of service across our brands and our company's leading position within the European market, where we now have more than 250 hotels in 30 countries "

Hilton Worldwide was celebrated in numerous different categories at the awards:

• Europe's Leading Airport Hotel - Hilton Frankfurt Airport, Germany
• Europe's Leading Conference Hotel - Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice, Italy
• Europe's Leading Luxury Resort - Conrad Algarve, Portugal
• Europe's Leading New Hotel - Waldorf Astoria Berlin, Germany
• Austria's Leading Hotel - Hilton Vienna Plaza
• Bulgaria's Leading Hotel - Hilton Sofia
• Cyprus' Leading Hotel - Hilton Cyprus
• Czech Republic's Leading Business Hotel - Hilton Prague
• Finland's Leading Hotel - Hilton Helsinki Strand
• France's Leading Spa Resort - Hilton Evian Les Bains
• Hungary's Leading Hotel - Hilton Budapest West End
• Ireland's Leading Business Hotel - Hilton Dublin
• Ireland's Leading Hotel - Conrad Dublin
• Italy's Leading Conference Hotel - Hilton Molino Stucky, Venice
• Italy's Leading Business Hotel – Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
• Northern Ireland's Leading Business Hotel - Hilton Templepatrick Hotel & Country Club (for the fifth consecutive year)
• Northern Ireland's Leading Hotel - Hilton Belfast
• Poland's Leading Business Hotel - Hilton Warsaw Hotel & Convention Centre
• Portugal's Leading Golf Resort - Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa (for the second year)
• Turkey's Leading Conference Hotel - Conrad Istanbul

The prestigious World Travel Awards have been recognising organisations delivering outstanding customer experience in travel and tourism for 20 years. They have become a key global institution of the industry, stimulating competition and innovation among operators, as well as providing a helpful testimonial for quality to travellers worldwide.

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