Shortlist for Independent Hotelier of the Year 2013 announced

UK: The Independent Hotel Show has announced the shortlist of nominees for its Independent Hotelier of the Year Award 2013.

The list comprises:
• Robin Hutson, Lime Wood & The Pig hotels, New Forest
• Paul Milsom, Milsom Hotels
• Andrew Stembridge, Chewton Glen & Cliveden House
• Terence, Vicky Conran & Peter Prescott, Boundary Hotel, Shoreditch
• Christoph Brooke, Hillbrook Hotels
• Charles & Edmund Inkin, The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon
• Claire Randall, Lucknam Park, Nr Bath
• Ruth and Ken Hunt, Combe House, Gittisham, Devon

The hospitality industry is now invited to vote for the person they believe is worthy of the title. The award will be given “to the individual who has consistently helped change the landscape of the independent, luxury and boutique hotel sector; a pioneer with a reputation for pushing boundaries. Above all, the winner will be someone committed to the development of their team, the success of their establishment and the industry at large”.
Tim Etchells, managing director of The Independent Hotel Show organiser SME London Ltd and one of the nomination committee, said: “Following the success of last year’s event we are building on the prestige of the award to recognise real excellence in a fast-paced and highly competitive marketplace. The nominations committee has picked eight highly impressive candidates and we now put them forward to the vote, by others working in the independent hotels industry, to choose who will be crowned Independent Hotelier of the Year 2013 in association with Towergate Insurance.”
The shortlist is live on the Independent Hotel Show website. To vote, register to attend the show and select your chosen candidate at the end of the registration process. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony immediately following the first day of the show on 30th October 2013.
The shortlist was selected by a committee of industry figures which included:
 James Lohan, CEO, Mr & Mrs Smith
Peter Hancock, chief executive, Pride of Britain Hotels
Ciaran Fahy, chief executive, The Ellerman Group
Robin Shepherd, chairman, Bespoke Hotels
Tom Bell, editor, Alistair Sawday’s British Hotels & Inns
Pam Foden, head of industry development, Visit England
Tim Etchells, managing director, The Independent Hotel Show
The event will also feature the inaugural Outstanding New Hotel of the Year Award. The shortlist and subsequent instructions for how to vote for the nominees of this accolade will be announced shortly.

Boutique Hotel News is a media partner for the Independent Hotel Show and will be exhibiting at stand IH278 – come and say hello!

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