The Corinthia Hotel is operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts, a multi brand operator licensed to manage Corinthia, Wyndham and Ramada Plaza Brands in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

corinthia_stpetersburg2.jpgKen joins Corinthia from Sol Melia, where his most recent appointment was that of area vice-president for Sol Melia and managing director at the Gran Melia Caracas Venezuela. Prior to that, he was managing director of the Sol Melia Paradisus Riviera Hotel Cancun Mexico and area vice-president Sol Melia and managing director of the Gran Melia Golf Resort in Puerto Rico. Before his career with Sol Melia, Ken was general manager of the five-star luxurious convention and resort hotel the Blue Tree Park Angra Dos Reis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and general manager of the Athenee Palace Select Hotel in Djerba, Tunisia. In the United States of America Ken was director of operations for Regent International Hotels based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and also spent some of his earlier career with Regent at the Regent Singapore, with the Westin Group in Panama City and Korea and with Intercontinental Hotels in Germany and France.

Ken graduated in hotel management from the Hotel and Catering School in Dusseldorf, Germany. He also obtained a hotel administration degree from the Business School in Heidelberg, Germany. He is married with two children and speaks German, English, Spanish and French.

"I am delighted to welcome Ken Dittrich to the team at Corinthia Hotels", said Tony Potter, CEO and managing director of the hotel's operator CHI Hotels & Resorts "His extensive background in corporate, convention and leisure markets in the five-star deluxe hotel sector is most appropriate for the successful development of the newly restructured and refurbished Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg, which is now recognised as the leading meetings, incentives, conferences and events hotel in this superb city".

Following extensive refurbishment and restructuring work, the 400-room luxury Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg was re-launched with more bedrooms and more facilities under one roof than any other luxury hotel in the City.  The Hotel, together with the vacant grand properties on either side of it on the city's main boulevard, was acquired as an operating hotel in 2002 by International Hotel Investments plc (IHI), a public company floated on the Malta Stock Exchange. Over the past two years, IHI has invested a further Euro 100 million, including the total refurbishment of the original hotel, complete with a brand new and larger grand foyer, a new restaurant and new bars. The adjoining buildings on either side of the hotel were demolished and carefully reconstructed with ornate facades matching their original splendour, rebuilt using traditional techniques. The hotel is operated by CHI Hotels & Resorts.