30May

Meet the staff

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Interview with Andrea Horváth, Senior Conference and Event Sales Manager

How long have you worked at the hotel? Where did you work before?

I worked here even before the reopening of the hotel; I joined the staff on September 16, 2002. At that time, almost all of the staff worked in temporary offices set up in the basement, where the storerooms are now. Prior to this i had never worked in a hotel and because of this i came across plenty of problems at the beginning. aside from a two-year break, I have always worked as the event organizer at the hotel.

The profession event organization covers a great deal. Which areas are you in charge of?

I have always dealt with event organization, it is the area i really know and love. the profession of event organization is extremely diverse; i am responsible for the local market. This means handle the sort of events where accommodation is not dominant, but rather the event itself: domestic conferences, press briefings, business breakfasts, balls, Christmas parties, and of course, very many beautiful, but challenging, weddings.

In all your years spent in the hotel, which was the event you have the fondest memories of,and why?

It would be difficult to pick just one because we have hosted interesting events. there are

so many that i remember with pleasure, events that have become close to me over the years. one such event is the story gala organized each year. during this event virtually every Hungarian celebrity is to be found circulating in the hotel. the conference in which Tony Blair, then Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, participated was important and interesting, and the us presidential election parties have been a great challenge, too.

I am sure that as an event organizer you are approached by guests with very unusual requests. Could you tell us about the most interesting?

I’ve worked in the profession for many years and come across very many interesting and strange questions, requests, but still perhaps the most surprising are when I am asked whether the hotel has a kitchen, a restaurant or furniture.

This year the hotel celebrates the 10th anniversary of its reopening. What sort of events are there related to this in 2013?

We will hold the 10th birthday party of the reopening of the hotel at the end of April, and to mark the occasion we will host Mr Alfred Pisani, founder and Chairman of Corinthia Hotels International, and the Maltese tourism minister. Furthermore, the hotel’s premium partners, prominent figures from the hospitality profession and public life will also take part. We have advertised an open day for the general public on May 26, when guests can see the hotel from a slightly different angle.

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