UK: The Independent Hotel Show Awards, including The Independent Hotelier Award and The GM of the Future Award, has opened for nominations with the entry period closing 18 June 2021.
The Independent Hotelier Award recognises an “excellent independent hotelier with a reputation for pushing boundaries and creating exceptional guest experiences”.
The GM of the Future Award, in partnership with The Master Innholders, recognises a “rising star in the hotel industry, someone who consistently goes the extra mile and has a commitment to inspiring others”.
Chairman of The Master Innholders and managing director of The Goring, David Morgan-Hewitt, said: “Throughout the history of The Master Innholders, we have made the development and career growth of future leaders a key priority to our organisation, proving opportunities such as the Innholders Scholarship, Aspiring Leaders Diploma and most recently Master Innholders Developing Additional Skills (MIDAS) programme. Now more than ever, it is vital to attract, develop, retain and recognise the next generation of hotel professionals, which is why we launched the GM of the Future Award in 2019.
“We have been engaged supporters of the Independent Hotel Show since its inception and I am delighted we have been able to continue to strengthen our partnership further and present the only industry accolade focused on promoting the aspiring hotel general managers of the future,” he added.
Shortlisted hoteliers will be decided by a panel of judges before the winner is determined by a combination of judge and public votes. The winners of each category will be announced on the first day of the Independent Hotel Show on Monday 4 October 2021.
Elena Attanasio, event director for the Independent Hotel Show, said: “We can’t wait to welcome our independent hotelier community back to Olympia London and to celebrate the outstanding professionals operating in the industry. This year more than ever it’s important to recognise brilliance in the sector and shine a light on the individuals providing an outstanding service to their guests in the face of significant challenges.”
Paula Ellis, group general manager of luxury boutique hotels Twr y Felin, Penrhiw Priory and Roch Castle, and winner of the 2019 Independent Hotelier Award, said of the accolade: “Winning the Independent Hotelier Award meant that I could use it as platform to highlight that Welsh and female GMs can achieve success and be recognised.”
For further information on the nomination procedure and to submit entries, click here.