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Finalists Announced For The Hotelier Awards 2018

March 15, 2018 Accolades No Comments Email Email

The Hotelier Awards, an annual prestigious hospitality excellence award, is pleased to announce the 87 finalists for 2018 Asia competition. The only award platform of its kind in Asia, it recognises individuals’ professional excellence across the hospitality sector.

For the first time since its launch five years ago, The Hotelier Awards is hosting two separate competitions, one for Asia and one for Greater China. Applications for the Asia competition were accepted from the beginning of January 2018 and closed with a 117% increase in the number of entries from over 107 properties. Applications for Greater China opened from the 12th March and finalists will be announced on the 16th July 2018.

Five finalists from 16 categories and eight General Manager finalists for Asia were announced yesterday evening in an intimate ceremony held at the Park Hyatt Bangkok. The hoteliers were carefully selected by a panel of expert judges, who flew in from around the world to finalise their selection. The judging panel this year includes Alison Gilmore, Portfolio Director of International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), Michel Lamunière, Chairman & CEO, Edipresse Asia, Christophe Laurent, Values Ambassador of Ecole Hôtelière De Lausanne (EHL), Jenny Soo, Head of Workplace Experience APAC, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants Pte and Christine Gamarra, Senior Operations Lead for LRA by Deloitte.

New to the judging panel, Christophe Laurent, expressed his thoughts, “It is with my expert eyes, extensive involvement and professional heart for this ever-changing world of hospitality that I am reading through, with emotions, the testimonials of this year’s Hotelier Awards finalists. Amazing careers, remarkable professionals, I am captivated by the high standards of the applicants and feel privileged to be a part of the Judging Panel for the first time. My task is challenging, proof that we are dealing with truly, committed hoteliers, regardless of their current professional activities, responsibilities and achievements.”

Christine Gamarra, shared her views as a new judge “It is a true privilege to have the opportunity to experience the personal excellence of this year’s candidates for The Hotelier Awards. I am inspired by the number of unique stories detailing the hard work, dedication, innovation and motivation of each person’s commitment to their hotel, colleagues and guests. I am so proud to be associated with these individuals that exemplify the true spirit of hospitality. I am humbled by those that have prevailed against socio-economic, political and environmental odds that have affected the Asian hotel market in 2017. As this is my first year as a judge, I can sense that 2017 was a difficult year for many and I am honoured to be granted the occasion to recognise and celebrate the year’s top achievers.”

All winners for the Asia Award will be announced and celebrated during a lavish awards ceremony at the Sofitel Singapore City Centre on the 23rd May 2018. The prestigious evening will be one that is full of cheer, as light is shone on the winners and industry professionals.

The Hotelier Awards has become a benchmark for professional excellence in Asia, recognising and honouring individuals from hotel properties across Greater China and the rest of Asia.

View the full list of finalists for The Hotelier Awards Asia 2018 on the website at

There are various ways for interested parties to be involved with this year’s awards – become a partner, participate in the vendor show or purchase tickets to the award ceremony. For more details, visit

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