Phoenicia News Archive
Employee of the Year 2011
Magdalene Tabone is the proud winner of Phoenicia’s Employee of the Year award for 2011. Magdalene is a member of the Sales Team, and is primarily responsible for selling group business for the Phoenicia. Magdalene is extremely passionate about her work and over the years has shown unfailing dedication winning her a lot of praise from group organisers accommodating groups at the Phoenicia.
Charles Azzopardi, General Manager, presenting the award said that “Magdalene’s passion for what she does is a fantastic example for the rest of the team members. She is very focused on achieving results and does this through respect for the core values of the hotel.”
The Phoenicia Scratch Challenge – 26th and 27th March 2011
The Phoenicia Scratch Challenge, a two day competition and one of the most important of Royal Malta Golf Club calendar, has been held since 1891 except during the war years. The first Maltese to have won this competition is Lino Satariano in 1979, prior to that it was primarily Service individuals. Both of Lino’s sons, Peter and Stefan were playing this weekend in the Phoenicia Scratch and Peter came 5th overall this year. Other notable winners of the Scratch are Alfred Zammit who has won on 7 occasions as has Andrew Borg.
This year the competition was played in glorious sunshine on both days. After Day 1 Andrew Borg was in a commanding position with 63 shots leading from Chris Bergedahl with 70 and Kim Borg with 72. On Day 2 these 3 men were together in the last flight; Bergedahl is still a teenager and Kim Borg has already had his ‘Karta Anzjan’ for 5 years and Andy Borg is somewhere in the middle. It speaks volumes for the old man!!
Young Quint van Beek another of the RMGC’s many juniors was playing in the same flight as John Lewis (yet another Karta Anzjan). Quint was playing with a pink ball which John pointed out in no uncertain terms was not the right thing for a young man to do. Some holes later after John had left a number of putts short of the hole, Quint remarked to him; “Sir, you have just dropped your lipstick on the green”.
Day 2 progressed as expected and the final results did not alter spectacularly. Andrew Borg was a worthy winner with an excellent aggregate score for the two days of 131, Chris Bergedahl was second with 140 and Kim Borg retained his third position with 146. Nicholas Laferla was 4th with 149.
Running concurrently with this competition is the Hackers Trophy for those, and there are many of them, with a handicap of 19 and above. Ralph Asciak won for the third time in 6 years with a net 65 followed by George Iles with 66 on a count back from his brother George and Hamid Krimat.
Hotel Phoenicia Malta Receives GreenPak Award
The Hotel Phoenicia Malta joined GreenPak's Hotel Waste Recovery Scheme in October 2010. In its first quarter of implementation, the hotel already managed to recover 3.6 tonnes of cardboard and paper and 4.5 tonnes of glass. In recognition of the hotel staff’s commendable effort, Senior Manager of GreenPak, Mrs Denise Vassallo presented the GreenPak "Committed To Recycle" Certificate to Ing. Anthony Saliba, Chief Engineer of Hotel Phoenicia Malta.
Furthermore, GreenPak conducted a presentation on sustainable tourism to the hotel’s senior management team to highlight the key role that the hospitality industry plays in both impacting and preserving Malta’s environment for touristic and local cultures.
Waste Recovery is a win-win situation for businesses such as the Hotel Phoenicia Malta. The importance of environmental sustainability in hotel business practices is clearly reflected in fee savings generated through diverting waste from landfill.
Photographers excel in online competition
Three Maltese photographers won top awards in online competitions organised by The Societies – the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers.
Joe P. Smith was declared Photographer of the Year in the architecture (interiors) category and the environmental portrait category.
Christopher Azzopardi was named Photographer of the Year in the traditional portrait category and also received an award for the highest number of Golds obtained during 2010: a total of 74, beating his own record from last year by five.
Sean Azzopardi won the title of Photographer of the Year in the macro category. Kevin Casha was awarded the Master of The Societies accolade for his indefatigable contribution to photography and achievements in the field.
They were among 10 Maltese photographers who were guest speakers at The Societies’ annual convention in London.
The winning picture: The Grand Ballroom at Hotel Phoenicia
The Phoenicia by Andy Mossack
"Meester Rod Steewart, he is in park tonight next to hotel" exclaimed my enthusiastic taxi driver, whose grasp of English was patently better than any of my Maltese.
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Hotel Phoenicia Malta Ranked as One of World’s Best Hotels on Expedia® Insiders’ Select™ List
Expedia travelers have ranked Hotel Phoenicia among the world’s best hotels on this year’s Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list. The list formally recognizes individual hotels worldwide that consistently deliver excellent service, a great overall experience and a notable value. The full list represents only a small percentage of the world’s top hotels from the more than 110,000 hotel properties offered on Expedia.
“Delivering our guests superior service is a top priority at Hotel Phoenicia,” said Charles Azzopardi General Manager at Hotel Phoenicia “We are pleased that our efforts have been acknowledged by Expedia travelers and look forward to extending our high level of service to even more guests.”
The 2010 Expedia Insiders’ Select™ list is compiled based on the more than one million Traveler Opinions hotel reviews collected by Expedia, combined with a value rating and the local market expertise of more than 400 Expedia employees in local markets worldwide, resulting in an easy-to-browse list that provides travelers with a powerful way to find the perfect hotel using the trusted insight of other travelers like them. The list showcases the diverse selection of travel destinations and hotel properties.
The E&D Special
As it was coming into the good weather season again, Shaun wanted to create something light and refreshing, something that would be enjoyed by all – like E&D magazine! He thought about something which the Maltese could identify with and the abundance of citrus fruits was a obvious one! The Limes & the Mint were picked fresh from the garden of the Phoenicia and form the backbone of the cocktails refreshing qualities, the cucumber added a different twist and the gin and ginger ale lengthen the enjoyment.
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Watch Shaun prepare his Phoenician Greenway...
“The grandest restaurant in Malta’s grand hotel that consistently impress” The Definitive(ly) Good Guide 2010
The Phoenix Restaurant was a double award winner at the Definitive(ly) Good Guide Awards 2010. The guide is Malta’s best-selling foremost objective, survey-based restaurant guide on the island, now established for 10 years, is a comprehensive guide to restaurants in Malta and includes the top 2010 survey rated restaurants in Malta & Gozo. The Phoenix was awarded a fine dining award as one of the top 10 restaurants in the country and a consistency award for achieving a consistently high level of food and service over the last 10 years.
A Second Home
With more than 150 stays at the Hotel Phoenicia, Michael and Mary Hirst give a new meaning to ‘repeat visitors’. This year, they celebrate 50 years since their first visit.
We are all creatures of habit. We all have our routines, our mantras, our pretty little quirks that make life slightly more predictable, in a good way. And we all have our menu with items that hold fond memories: our personal restaurant table; our preferred destination; our favourite hotel.
Yet surely, no one is more faithful to their list than Michael and Mary Hirst, especially when it comes to their hotel of choice. Since their first visit in 1959, the Hirsts have made Malta their second home and have stayed at the Hotel Phoenicia more than 150 times.
Five decades have passed, yet Architect Michael Hirst can still clearly recall his first visit. “In 1959, I was working in West Africa and had just finished a project in Ghana. We decided to take the long way home and planned to stop-over at Kano, Tripoli, Malta, Naples, Rome, Florence and Switzerland en route back to London. I had never been to Malta, yet a colleague in Ghana had recommended the island because of its unique massive fortification architecture. I got a guide book to check what hotels were available. There weren’t that many hotels to choose from and we decided to stay at the Phoenicia. I cannot recall the reason why we chose the Phoenicia, but I am glad we did.”
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Grand Master stays at the Phoenicia Hotel Malta
The Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta visited Malta to unveil The Bertie Monument at Casa Lanfreducci, Valletta. The Monument, a marble lapidary, commemorates the late Grand Master Frà Andrew Bertie.
His Most Eminent Highness, Frà Matthew Festing, remembered his predecessor as a gentleman who combined intelligence with dignity and authority, describing him also as a man who throughout the years built and maintained the Order’s spiritual mission.
During his stay, the Grand Master also visited Sir Paul Boffa Hospital, the St Ursula Monastery and paid a brief courtesy visit on the President of Malta HE Dr George Abela.
While in Malta, the Grand Master stayed at the Phoenicia Hotel Malta. In a letter addressed to Charles Azzopardi, General Manager, Phoenicia Hotel Malta, the Marquis de Piro, on behalf of the President, Council and all members of the Maltese Association of the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta, thanked the Phoenicia Hotel for all the assistance given during Grand Master Festing’s stay in Malta. Marquis de Piro added that: “We appreciated your all round coordination and very kind help and services. The Grand Master was very pleased during his stay at the Hotel Phoenicia in Malta.”
Wednesday 1st April 2009
"Do not seek jobs for life, but jobs that allow life" - Cherie Blair
Employers who make it possible for their employees to have a proper work-life balance end up attracting the best people and having a high staff retention rate, Cherie Blair, the wife of the former British Prime Minister said today.
Speaking at a conference on Balancing Family and Career, held at the Hotel Phoenicia,
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Interview with Cherie Blair during her recent visit at Hotel Phoenicia Malta>>
Breakfast with Cherie Blair at Hotel Phoenicia Malta by Ariadne Massa>>