The Robert Burns International Foundation, and before it the Hungarian-Scottish Society, have been organising Burns Suppers in Budapest since 1998. The event moved from venue to venue in the early days, including the Trade Unions’ Congress Hall and the Hűvősvölgyi Vigadó, but since 2004 the home of the Budapest Burns Supper has been the Corinthia Hotel Budapest. And what a venue it is. The beautiful marble staircase leading up to the Grand Ballroom provides the perfect backdrop for what has become a fixture on the Budapest social calendar, an event that regularly sells out in just a few weeks.
The Corinthia Hotel has been a staunch supporter of the Robert Burns International Foundation since 2004, and has always played an active role. Starting with General Manager Adrian Ellis, through his successor Thomas Fischer and now under the leadership of current GM Jean Pierre Mifsud, the Corinthia Hotel Budapest does more than just host the event. The background work that goes on in the Hotel to promote and enhance the fundraising activities, the hotel’s help with all the organising committee meetings in the months leading up to the Burns Supper, and their involvement in other RBIF-related events as participants and sponsors make the Corinthia not just a venue, but a genuine partner.
“We believe in mutually rewarding long-term commitment and loyalty towards our partners. Having seen the Foundation and the interest in the Burns Supper itself grow so much over the years, it makes us feel proud and gives us reassurance to having stood by the right partner over this period of time.”
It is the relationship between the RBIF and the Corinthia Hotel Budapest since 2004 and the trust that has built up between us since then that prompted the Curatorium to make the Corinthia its Sponsor of the Year not just once, but twice, in 2007 and 2013. To date it is the only organisation to have held the title on more than one occasion.
We are looking forward to holding our 21st Burns Supper in the Corinthia Hotel Budapest on 27 January 2018, and hope that the Grand Ballroom will remain our venue for many many years to come.