Elite hotels around the globe are regularly recognized for their luxurious dining, breathtaking interiors and exclusive amenities. But often, the individual employees who ensure that each guest experiences the finest in the world go unnoticed. For the second year in a row, Hotelier Awards China plans to do something about it.
While the first award program of its kind gears up for the this year’s black-tie event on December 10 at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing, it is hard not to relish in the splendor that was the 2014 awards, an event that honored standouts in 16 categories that included management, dining, spa services, technology and even housekeeping. Three hundred of the top hoteliers and industry professionals from mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau gathered to commemorate individuals who proved to be more than exceptional in the world of hospitality.
The Hotelier Awards China 2015 is accepting applications through August 21 from properties across the country to celebrate this year’s finest employees. With more than 300 applications from about 100 properties and 44 brands in 2014, the awards committee expects those numbers to double.
“We launched the awards as China is experiencing explosive growth in the hospitality industry and this is set to continue unabated in the next few years,” said Hotelier Awards China co-founder Stephane DeMontgros in an official press release. DeMontgros went on to explain that the ceremony allows industry leaders to be recognized for making China’s luxury hospitality community among the finest in the world.
This year, there will be a total of 19 categories; this includes three new ones for Corporate Hotelier of the Year Award, Owner Representative of the Year and Engineering Hotelier of the Year.
Properties that nominate their brightest staff members can expect their employees to be meticulously judged by a global panel of five experts from the travel and hospitality sphere: Yona He Poda, Forbes Travel Guide’s senior vice president of Asia Pacific; Jingsheng Xu, the general secretary of the National Hotel Association, China; Alison Gilmore, who heads the International Luxury Travel Market worldwide portfolio; Zita Ong, the CEO and board member of Edipresse Media Asia; and Sacha Stocklin, from the hospitality school Les Roches Jinjiang International Hotel Management College.
By the end of September, a shortlist of six candidates in each category will be finalized, followed by phone interviews to help judges with their decisions.