Now in its third year, The BMW Hotelier Awards has gone from strength to strength. After a 43% increase in applications from Greater China and the debut in the ASEAN region, the 2016 edition looks like it is going to be a fantastic one. This year we welcome over 200 properties from 62 different brands across Greater China and ASEAN. The Corporate Hotelier of the Year Award will also be making an appearance for the very first time and has attracted a range of high caliber candidates, from some of the most prestigious Hotel groups in the world.
The six judges recently gathered at the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai to begin the selection process. They were astounded by the quality of this year’s submissions and the level of dedication and pride shown for the job. The judges always face the extremely difficult task of narrowing down the candidates and this year was no different. Just 5 finalists for each of the 17 different categories, and 8 finalists for the General Manager Category for both Greater China and ASEAN have now been selected by our expert panel for 2016!
Simon Kahn – Chief Marketing Officer of Asia Pacific, Google expresses his thoughts, “I am honoured to be part of this year’s Judging Panel. The process has been rigorous yet hugely rewarding. With a plethora of brilliant hoteliers from across Greater China and ASEAN, selecting the finalists is a tough task, however, they certainly deserve the recognition for their exceptional efforts. The finalists have shown their passion for delivering extraordinary experiences to their guests whether it be through new and innovative services, keeping ahead of the technology they integrate into their properties, or outstanding customer interaction.”
The General Manager of the Year category was positively brimming with outstanding applications, each including impressive testimonials. The successful candidates are;
Antoine Chahwan – Regional Vice President & General Manager – Four Seasons Hotel Singapore 2. Frank Reichenbach – General Manager – Marco Polo Ortigas Manila
Lance Ourednik – General Manager – The Westin Singapore
Marco Groten – General Manager – Alila Villas Uluwatu
Michael Chertouh – General Manager and Regional General Manager, Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia Resorts – InterContinental Bali Resort
Scot Toon – General Manager – Kata Rocks, Phuket
Simon Bell – General Manager – Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Vina Flor Concepcion V. Würgler-Cronin – General Manager – Marco Polo Davao
Zita Ong – CEO and Board Member of Edipresse Media Asia comments “The BMW Hotelier Awards has experienced tremendous breakthrough this year across Greater China and ASEAN. As the travel industry continues to develop at a colossal rate, we definitely see more hoteliers embracing the rich culture and history of their regions in an attempt to set themselves apart. This is simply wonderful to see and I am amazed by the efforts applied by these individuals. Asia is increasingly becoming a prime location for business and recreational travelers and it is evident within these applications that guest experiences are being tailored to reflect the region in which the hotel is located. This is a testament to the hoteliers themselves.”
The BMW Hotelier Awards would also like to recognise our outstanding partners for the 2016 edition. The BMW Group is proudly our Naming Partner, with Nespresso, Technogym, La Bottega and Pernod Ricard as Key Partners and our Supporting Partners GHC, FIJI Water, Les Roches, ILTM Asia, Forbes Travel Guide, Google and Edipresse Media.