Breaking Travel News investigates: Kempinski celebrates 120th anniversary
The historic Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin, Germany, is a flagship of the brand

Breaking Travel News investigates: Kempinski celebrates 120th anniversary

Kempinski Hotels is celebrating 120 years of delivering rich and meaningful experiences to its guests, with the launch of Stage for Young Artists supporting the next generation of musicians.

The programme will turn Kempinski hotel lobbies into a stage for talented musicians from local communities.

To mark this milestone anniversary, Kempinski will offer daily opportunities for music students to perform in the lobbies of hotels, starting in Berlin, Munich,
Vienna, Venice and St. Moritz, following at other participating Kempinski hotels around the world.

Commenting on this milestone anniversary and the Stage for Young Artists, Markus Semer, chairman of the management board and chief executive of

Kempinski Hotels, said: “Kempinski is proud to support young artists from local communities, who will no doubt enchant our guests with their own unique performances.

“In doing so, they will also be helping to create memorable experiences in keeping with our special brand of luxury, that blends traditional elegant European service, with local customs and flavour.”


Berthold Kempinski founded the hotel brand at the end of the nineteenth century

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group.

The brand’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties.

Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 75 five-star hotels and residences in 30 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage.

The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences.

Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location.


Kempinski’s Emirates Palace is considered the World’s Leading Luxury Beach Resort by voters at the World Travel Awards, while the property also took the title of World’s Best Spa Hotel at the World Spa Awards last year

Kempinski 120th anniversary celebrations will also include Ignite the Night, a series of festivities designed delight guests.

In true Kempinski style, Ignite the Night will see each of the 75 hotels lit up in their own unique way, inside and out, with fireworks, special lighting, or projected images of the 120th anniversary logo in a symbolic nod to the Kempinski Hotels constellation of stars.

“After 120 years, we’re delighted to pay tribute to an extraordinary past, and herald an exceptional future.

“Our founder, Berthold Kempinski, paved the way for a new standard of hospitality, based on timeless European elegance and impeccable service.

“He created venues that introduced guests to new experiences, in unique and original surroundings, and his innovative and entrepreneurial approach has remained the inspiration for our development over the years,” added Semer.


Ciragan Palace, Kempinski’s luxurious property in Istanbul, took the title of World’s Leading Heritage Hotel at the World Travel Awards last year

Today Kempinski manages and operates some of the world’s most iconic hotels, such as the Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin, the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, and the Ciragan Palace Kempinski in Istanbul.

The brand is synonymous with elegant European service, blended with the individual culture and traditions of each destination.

As well as the 120th anniversary, 2017 also marks the return of Kempinski to the Americas, with the opening of Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, Cuba’s first five-star luxury hotel.

Housed in one of Old Havana’s most iconic buildings, the hotel will be the newest star in the Kempinski constellation.


Markus Semer currently leads Kempinski having taken up the role of chief executive in 2016

“We have spent 120 years exploring the world, creating a constellation of remarkable havens to which guests can travel and stay in style, and we haven’t lost our thirst for discovery,” concludes Semer.

“While we value and preserve our traditions, we will continue to develop new and innovative approaches to hospitality, so while celebrating our past this year, we can also look forward to a bright future.”

More Information

Find out more about the the anniversary celebrations on the official website.

Later this year Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai will host the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony 2017.

Take a look here as Breaking Travel News chats with Holger Schroth, general manager, Emirates Palace, about the industry leading property, while we also caught up with Ralph Radtke of Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul to find out more about Turkish tourism.

To celebrate its anniversary, Kempinski Hotels is offering guests the chance to win an exclusive ten-night trip for two people, in three Kempinski hotels, including flights, limousine transfers and suite accommodation.

Entry to the competition is open to everyone who books a stay at any Kempinski hotel, before the end of July 2017, and signs up to Kempinski Discovery loyalty programme, or is already a member.

More details available from the Kempinski website.