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Hotel recognized for passion and innovation as awards success continues

ISTANBUL, TURKEY — March 2, 2015 — The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul has been voted Turkey’s Best Luxury Hotel in 2015’s prestigious Business Destinations Travel Awards.

Business Destinations, an international magazine for travel professionals, said the hotel was a celebration of innovation, unparalleled facilities and passion.

“This positive attitude and commitment to providing luxury and comfort is impressive and inspiring,” said the magazine presenting the award.

General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, Max Zanardi said: “We faced significant competition from some of the best hotels in the country, so to receive this award is a credit to everyone who has contributed to making The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul an unforgettable destination in an unforgettable city.”

With a unique view over the glittering Bosphorus, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul is no stranger to major awards. The hotel was voted Best Overseas Business Hotel by readers of Condé Nast Traveller, named one of the top five best hotel experiences in Turkey by Travel+Leisure and voted Central Eastern Europe’s Best Employer for two consecutive years by Hewitt Associates.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C was also recently recognised as the World’s Best Business Hotel Brand by travellers surveyed by the international magazines Travel + Leisure and Fortune.

Presenting The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul with the award as Turkey’s Best Luxury Hotel, Business Destinations said that innovation was a hallmark of hotel illustrated by the “creation of the fashionable Bleu Lounge & Grill”, the “stylish makeover” of the open air-spa and the transformation of the Club Lounge into one of the most “exclusive comfort zones” in the city.

Unparalleled facilities included two convertible The Ritz-Carlton cars which are “perfect for exploring the city or getting to business meetings”, the exceptional refurbishment of the Presidential and Royal suites, the only open-air spa in the city with three Jacuzzis and massage rooms as well as the only Couples Hammam Suite in the city.

“We believe it is our innovative and passionate attention to every detail that has contributed to our success as Turkey’s Best Luxury Hotel. I’m delighted to accept this award on behalf of The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul,” said General Manager Max Zanardi.