MEMBERS of the Association of Historic Hotels of Slovakia signed their founding deed on November 25 in Bratislava. The association will operate within the international network called Historic Hotels of Europe, which clusters more than 600 unique hotels in 20 countries.
The Slovak organisation will become a full-fledged member on January 1, 2010. The Slovak association brings together seven hotels in Liptovský Hrádok, Košice, Belá near Štúrovo, Piešťany, Levoča, Hermanovce near Prešov, and Žilina, the TASR newswire reported.
“The Association of Historic Hotels of Slovakia was launched to cooperate in the marketing of all its members,” Michal Čuridlo, the secretary general of the association told TASR. “This is a unique success in Slovakia because integration of Slovak businesses active in tourism into prestigious world structures is rare. The membership alone will bring Slovakia and the association’s members both marketing and commercial support in the developed European and overseas markets.”
The president of the association, Daniela Miháliková, added that the goal of the association “is to provide not only common hotel services but also to convey an experience from the very moment of being in historic [sic] buildings serving as current hotels”.
The basic condition for a hotel to become a member is that it is housed in a building constructed before WWII and provides at least three-star services in the original building environment. Hotels which are located in historical buildings but which are members of international chains are excluded from membership.
7. Dec 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff