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Focus And Craftsmanship: Darts Triple World Champion Michael Van Gerwen Signs Brand Ambassador Partnership With Kempinski Hotels

Michael van Gerwen-and René Nijhof

Kempinski Hotels is proud to present a new brand ambassador: Michael van Gerwen, triple Darts World Champion, signed a partnership contract with Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group in a ceremony held yesterday at one of Kempinski’s flagship hotels, Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin.

The 34-year-old Dutch world-class player has been part of the Dart’s elite around the globe since the age of 13 and won the World Masters as the youngest player ever at the age of 17.

Michael van Gerwen-and René Nijhof
Michael van Gerwen-and René Nijhof © Kempinski Hotels

The versatile game’s popularity has seen impressive growth over the past decades, not only through the high increase of private players but also by the fascination of international competitions with their universal appeal.

As the game has also become more widely televised, the World Darts Championships continuously see an average of two million viewers and the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) announced its prize money for a year had reached USD 20 million.

“Since my early age, I have been fascinated by this game, which is easy to play, but extremely difficult to master on a professional level,” states the Dutchman.

“Focus on the performance is key to each throw, and mental effort is even higher than physical effort.

Only through intense and constant mental training am I able to stay calm and balance my tension, which brought me to where I am today.”

Michael van Gerwen’s first televised title in the PDC was the 2012 World Grand Prix, where he defeated Mervyn King 6-4 in the final.

Since then, Van Gerwen has gone on to truly dominate the PDC, winning 47 PDC major titles, including three World Championships.

Van Gerwen, who also goes by the names ‘Mighty Mike’ or ‘Green machine’, has won several times all crucial tournaments a professional player can dream of and has truly amassed titles all over the world: He also won 36 times on the European Tour and 16 times on the World Series, the Premier League, The Masters and the Champions League, the World Matchplay and the UK Open.

He is the second most successful player in the history of the Professional Darts Corporation.

“It gives us great pride to be partnering with Michael van Gerwen as our new brand ambassador”, states René Nijhof, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Kempinski Hotels S.A. “Kempinski stands for focus on beautiful performances, precision in quality and service, craftsmanship, as well as its commitment to being best in class in every aspect of hospitality – values we definitely share with Michael. 

Michael shares similar passions for outperforming the competition and brings this commitment to the centre stage, aligning seamlessly with Kempinski’s vision to elevate itself to the next level.”

He added, “Michael will add to our brand awareness and increase the visibility of the Kempinski brand through his immense presence at the Dart World Championships and his constant appearance on TV.”

“Even though travelling can be exhausting sometimes, especially when you are always on the road like I am, I still never get tired of discovering new destinations and staying at high-class hotels”, says Michael van Gerwen, “Over the past years, Kempinski Hotels have been home to me away from home and I have enjoyed staying at many of their outstanding properties.

For me, this is an iconic brand which has stood out over more than 125 years for its elegant hospitality, high-end quality, fabulous and personal service and pioneering spirit. I am very proud to be associated to this world-famous brand.” 

The next major tournament on his programme is the PDC European Tour 2024 from 30 March – 1st April in Zenith, Munich, Germany. Michael is married to his wife Daphne and is a father of two.