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September 10, 2009

Carl F. Bucherer Partners with GaultMillau for Hotel of the Year Awards

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

GaultMillau Switzerland and its sponsoring partner, the Lucerne watchmaker Carl F. Bucherer, have made their selection: The reopened Grand Resort Bad Ragaz was chosen as the “Hotel of the Year 2009”.

“It is wonderful to be here,” Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in his diary during his visit to Bad Ragaz. The Bad Ragaz Grand Resort, which reopened its doors in June 2009 after structural renovation and extension work, ensures that its guests still share this opinion. The Bad Ragaz Grand Resort, with its timeless elegance and accomplished hospitality, combines tradition with a contemporary feel, inspiration and savoir-vivre.

On August 31st, 2009, Urs Heller, GaultMillau Switzerland, and Thomas Morf, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer, presented the Bad Ragaz Grand Resort with the “Hotel of the Year 2009” award. Apart from the above-mentioned watchmaker’s representatives, Frank M. Rinderknecht, the founder of Rinspeed, attended the event, along with numerous guests from the world of politics and tourism. Peter Riet, Director of the Bad Ragaz Grand Resort, was particularly pleased that this traditional hotel at the mouth of the picturesque Tamina Gorge, has received this coveted title a second time this year:

“It is an outstanding pleasure that the newly built resort appeals and we are looking positivly into the future. We provide our guests a uniquely comination of luxury hotels, gastronomy as well as wellbeing with own thermal water.””

This is the third time that Carl F. Bucherer has sponsored the GaultMillau Hotel of the Year award. This constitutes an excellent partnership, as the constant striving for perfection is the hallmark of both Carl F. Bucherer and the Swiss hotel trade. “We support pioneering people and companies who, like us, are ahead of their time. The Bad Ragaz Grand Resort is a unique combination of legendary Swiss Grand Hotel culture, exclusive elegance and quality, as well as innovative hospitality, which is why the resort absolutely deserves th GaultMillau award,” declared Thomas Morf at the awards ceremony.

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