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MUNICH – Hürriyet

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Turkish Prime Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had repeatedly criticized Divan Hotel, owned by Koç Holding, for opening its doors to protesters fleeing police tear gas during weeks of anti-government demonstrations. DHA photo

Turkish Prime Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had repeatedly criticized Divan Hotel, owned by Koç Holding, for opening its doors to protesters fleeing police tear gas during weeks of anti-government demonstrations. DHA photo

PKF hotelexperts, based in Germany’s Munich, has awarded Turkey’s Divan Hotel with its “Hospitality Innovation Award” for displaying “civil solidarity, courage and hospitality in crisis situations” during the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul.

The Divan chain’s Istanbul hotel, which is located directly opposite Gezi Park in Taksim, became a shelter for the protesters who were escaping from the fierce police intervention.

The award, which is one of the most prestigious of its field, will host the annual hotel development conference for hotel and real estate professionals. The event will take place at hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich on Oct. 2013.

PKF chair Michael Widman said Koç Holding had established Turkey’s biggest company in a century. 

“Divan Hotels are not big but its prestige is, it has 11 hotels with a 1,447 bed capacity. Along with that Divan Hotels and Koç Family has showed solidarity and courage during Gezi Park protests and proved how important hospitality is during crisis situations,” Widman told daily Hürriyet in a recent interview.

Motel One hotel chains, SOS Kinderdorf and Studiosus have won the award in previous years.

Turkish Prime Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had repeatedly criticized Divan Hotel, owned by Koç Holding, for opening its doors to protesters fleeing police tear gas during weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

October/08/2013

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K M

10/9/2013 5:57:56 PM

Bravo!

mara mcglothin

10/9/2013 5:08:40 PM

No HANS BUT the cancelling of a contract is peanuts compared to the reprisal that I am wondering about.

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

10/9/2013 5:08:13 PM

cem gorgulu, I share your scepticism regarding an intentional decision by the Koç family, although I know nothing about the decision-making process inside that hotel. But experience says, that decisions in favour of humanitarian behaviour are most likely made by those on scene - this would be the local management. While it is clear, that the hotel deserves praise for hospitality, outsiders know not know a lot about the Koç holding's inner working.

cem gorgulu

10/9/2013 5:51:26 AM

sheltering peaciful protesters and innocent civillians? i wonder have the koc family ever intended to do anything close to that?anyone with few working brain cells could work out why "zhe germanz" awarding this hellhole for hospitality..

Çılgın Kanarya

10/9/2013 1:51:52 AM

Yeah DANIEL KARR, and look, there's even a German ("Terrorist") commenting on this article too ... Ooooooo, verrrrrrry suspicious indeed! Now it all adds up doesn't it! Hans-Joachim & his compatriots dressed up as Turkish cops that morning in Gezi Park, gassed the protesters in their sleep, burned their tents & beat them up to provoke a rebellion, then they headed home to infiltrate PKF Hotelexperts and ensure that Divan would win next award! I wish we were all as smart as you Daniel! Genius! :)

Misses Ataturk

10/9/2013 12:11:08 AM

Yes, bravo to the Divan Hotel! Good for them for showing mercy to the people, the people who the police should have been protecting, not injuring! Where are the trolls to refute this? Just LOOK at all that vandalising and all those molotov cocktails being thrown in the Divan Hotel too! Golly gosh!! *sarcasm*

Jinx Star

10/8/2013 11:39:21 PM

What a whole lot of croc!!

Nikos K.

10/8/2013 10:37:57 PM

The Sultan must be so mad with this award that he'll be thinking of demolishing the hotel in order to built a mosque in its place!

Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

10/8/2013 10:09:44 PM

mara mcglothin, did you miss "Turkish authority cancels Koç Holding’s national warship contract" here on HDN?

Çılgın Kanarya

10/8/2013 10:07:54 PM

Well done to Divan Hotel and Koç Holdings for not being AKP subservient cowards, and not turning away innocent civilians fleeing from police brutality. The moral and humane stance you maintained, in spite of fierce pressure from The Butcher of Gezi Park, Erdoǧan, was admirable and you are very worthy recipients of this most prestigious of awards.
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