The winners of the 2015 HM Awards for Accommodation Excellence, presented by Sealy Posturepedic, have been named in front of a record 600 attendees at Sydney Town Hall last Friday night (September 4).
Hosted by television personality Lisa Wilkinson, the HM Awards have, for the 13th time, recognised the accommodation industry’s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
Mantra Group capped a huge day, taking home the Accommodation Chain of the Year honours just hours after being named in the ASX Top 200 Companies List.
Other major awards went to AccorHotels’ Michael Issenberg (Asia-Pacific Hotelier of the Year), IHG’s Karin Sheppard (Australasian Hotelier of the Year), Crown Towers Melbourne (Australasian Hotel of the Year), QT Hotels and Resorts (Brand of the Year), RACV Royal Pines Resort (Environmental Program), The Langham Sydney’s Sonia Lefevre (Australian General Manager), The Rees Hotel in Queenstown’s Mark Rose (New Zealand General Manager) and Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort’s Peter Hopgood (South Pacific General Manager).
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees were aviation and tourism industry legends Geoff Dixon and Brett Godfrey, while the inaugural Ashley Spencer Service to the Industry recipient was Guy Bentley from the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.
At the 2015 HM Awards, a total of 67 gongs were handed out on the night and a full list of the winners is included below.
On the night, a significant amount of money (final tallying is still being undertaken) was raised for the Garvan Institute of Medical Research through the Connie Johnson Fellowship in Breast Cancer Research. Once again, the Australasian hotel industry was right behind a major fundraising drive, with funds this year going to help find a cure for a disease that touches an entire nation.
The 2015 HM Awards were Presented by Sealy Posturepedic; Hosted by HM magazine; Co-Hosted by AHS, the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School and Intrust Super; Sponsored by A List Guide, AHICE, ARMA, AXOR, Delegat, FCS Computer Systems, Foxtel for Business, Interface Hospitality, ISIS Group Australia, Nespresso, Prototype, San Pellegrino, Spice magazine and Spice News, Time Out, and Williams Warn; and Supported by Asahi Premium Beverages, Blissful Events, EY, TravMedia and Vale Brewing.