The Stelliers, formally known as The Hotelier Awardsproudly announcedover 160finalists for the 2019 Asia & South Asia region. “Stelliers” was officially unveiled as the new identity for the Awards earlier this year,as it perfectly representsthe leading “stars”of the hospitality world.

Moving into its celebrated sixth edition, the platform remains the only Award recognitionof its kind in Asia. 2019marked the expansionintoyet another region, South Asia. For the first time ever, applicants were welcomed from all seven countriesin South Asia,which as aresult saw the largest number of overall entries ever received. This year’sAwards includeentries from a total of 19 countries.

Applicants from these regions have been dividedinto two competitions with Asia consisting of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam, and South Asia consisting of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The Stelliers Finalist Announcement shone thelight on a wide spread of hoteliersacross all departments of a hotel,from the Unsung Heroes, to Housekeeping and Front office, right through to the General Manager and Corporate hoteliers.

Corporate hoteliers from APAC celebrated their success after being shortlisted to the finals, these included,Markus Engel, Co-Founder and CEO of Urban Resort Concepts (URC), Shanghai, Man-Ho Seung, CEOof Seoul Dragon City, Philip Wei,Managing DirectorofBTL Hospitality, Beijing and Tony Chisholm, Chief Operating Officerof GCP Hospitality, Bangkok.

Hoteliers recognised for their humble dedication to their work were honoured under the Unsung Hero category. The top five nominees for the South Asia Unsung Hero category included Parmod Kumar, Carpenterat The Westin Mumbai Garden City, India, Shekhar Dashrath Pawase, Food & Beverage Executive at Courtyard by Marriott Pune Chakan, India, Omkar Desai, Horticultristat LeMeridien Mahabaleshwar Resort & Spa, India, Aarti Dhutre, Security Attendantat The Westin Mumbai garden City, India and Manoj Chiller, Chauffeurat The Westin Gurgaon, New Delhi, India. Unsung Hero finalistsfor the the Asia competition included Sam Van, Director of Engineeringat Rosewood Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sokuntheary Ros, Chief AccountantatThe Plantation -Urban Resort & Spa, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Ramesh Pillai,Security Managerof Capella Singapore, Cirilo Alerta,Landscape Managerat City Of Dreams Manila, Philippines, and Kim Sung Wong, Director,Public Area Departmentof Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

The platform boasts a panel of renowned professionals, each with a plethora of industry expertise. This high-ranking juryincludesJulia Monk, Senior Principal & Director of Hospitality Design, HOK,Christine Gamarra, Senior Operations Lead for LRA by Deloitte,Jenny Soo, Regional Director & Head of Workplace Experience Corporate Solutions Asia Pacific at JLL –Jones Lang LaSalle, Christophe Laurent Values Ambassador at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)and GuyHeywood, Former Chief Operating Officer Asia of Two Roads Hospitality Regional Office

All winners for Asia & South Asia 2019 will be announced and celebrated during a spectacular Awardsceremony on the28thMay 2019 in Singapore. The prestigious evening will be full of celebratory cheer, welcoming industry professionals from across Asia to support the finalists as the winners are revealed.Hoteliers from around Asia are kindly welcomed to participate in next year’s exciting Awards. Visit www.stelliers.com for information on the 2020 applicationsopening. Applicants in Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are now invited to apply for this year’s Greater China 2019 Awards with the submissionportalnow open