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Meritus Hotels & Resorts Wins Twice at 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards

SINGAPORE, Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year, Meritus Hotels & Resorts and Marina Mandarin Singapore clinched top honours at the 2013 World Luxury Hotel Awards (WLHA) held on 1 November 2013 in Phuket, Thailand:

    GLOBAL WINNER, Luxury Hotel Brand -- Meritus Hotels & Resorts
    COUNTRY WINNER, Luxury Hotel -- Marina Mandarin Singapore

Recognised as the pinnacle of achievement for the international hospitality industry, the WLHA is a global organisation that pays tribute to hotels for their world class facilities and service excellence. The organisation aims to encourage and raise service standards within the luxury hotel industry.
Mr Kurt Wehinger (right), General Manager of Marina Mandarin Singapore, receiving the award for Meritus Hotels & Resorts and Marina Mandarin Singapore
Mr Kurt Wehinger (right), General Manager of Marina Mandarin Singapore, receiving the award for Meritus Hotels & Resorts and Marina Mandarin Singapore

The criteria to be successfully nominated and included in the official WLHA voting process is overall service excellence. The award judging process is not dependent on a board of directors, but by the industry itself through public voting by tour operators, travel consultants, industry experts and guests that have stayed at these hotels.

Over 1,000 hotels from 87 countries were nominated to participate in this year's awards. Winners are recognised on a country, continent, and global basis; and properties that received the most votes were awarded global winner being the overall luxury winner of a specific category.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning hospitality brand inspired by the richness of its Asian heritage, providing guests its signature Asian grace, warmth, and care for over 40 years. Its hotels and resorts are strategically located in key cities and idyllic resort destinations in Singapore, Malaysia, Mainland China, and Indonesia. Meritus is a proud recipient of the Singapore Prestige Brand Awards (SPBA) Heritage Brand 2011, 2012 and 2013. The brand was also cited Most Admired Enterprise in the categories of Growth and Innovation at the 2012 ASEAN Business Awards.

For more information on Meritus Hotels & Resorts, visit


For further press information, please contact:

Janice Azupardo
Regional Vice President, Branding & Communications
Meritus Hotels & Resorts
T +65-6831-6385

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