The BMW Hotelier Awards, a ceremony which honours the dedicated professionals of the hotel industry, held its 3rd edition on Thursday 15th December 2016, at The Parisian Macao. Over 400 hoteliers and industry professionals gathered in the grand ballroom to await the announcement of this year’s award winners.
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THE BMW HOTELIER AWARDS 2016
The BMW Hotelier Awards celebrates the most talented and hardworking hotel industry professionals who bring life to a hotel, whilst also inspiring the younger generation to join this ever-growing industry, by giving newcommers – the millenials – greater job rewards, recognition and a clearer sense of career path.
The winners of each category, for both hotel general manager of the year for Greater China and ASEAN, were decided by the expert judging panel through a two-round process and based on a combination of facts presented in the applications, interviews, and testimonials.
The judges of the BMW Hotelier Awards were:
Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific
Forbes Travel Guide
President of China Tourism Academy &
Director of National Tourism Data Centre
International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), Worldwide
Dr. Sacha Stickpin
Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College
CEO and Board Member
Edipresse Media Asia
Chief Marketing Officer, Asia Pacific
TORSTEN VAN DULLEMEN, GM OF THE LANDMARK MANDARIN ORIENTAL HONG KONG:
GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR FOR GREATER CHINA
Taking home the “General Manager of the Year” Award for Greater China was Torsten van Dullemen, General Manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong.
He said: “Well, as the winner of the GM Award, I feel…well, I feel speechless actually. Thank you of course for everyone associated with The Hotelier Awards. Out of all the recognitions that I have seen tonight, this is the one that is awarded to us, not only because of the individual, but because of all the people around who help us to shine everyday.”
FRANK REICHENBACH, GM OF MARCO POLO ORTIGAS MANILA GENERAL MANAGER OF THE YEAR FOR ASEAN REGION
Frank Reichenbach, General Manager of Marco Polo Ortigas Manila, was awarded the General Manager of the Year Award for ASEAN.
He said: “It doesn’t get any better than this! I have worked in most countries in Asia and now I am back in the Philippines. I think this recognition is something that is really special.
He added: "I would like to thank my team first of all; that is also, what I mentioned in my interview with the judging panel earlier today. I was asked, what makes a great hotel? It’s the person; it’s the interaction; it’s the wow factor; I think that’s my belief and I continue to live for that.”
DR. JENNIFER CRONIN, PRESIDENT, MARCO POLO HOTELS APAC CORPORATE HOTELIER OF THE YEAR
2016 also saw the debut of the APAC “Corporate Hotelier of the Year” Award, which recognises one individual from any department within the corporate office. This year’s winner was Dr. Jennifer Cronin, President, Marco Polo Hotels.
She explains her delight in winning this prestigious accolade. “This is an incredible event and a new concept that I think we, as a community, need to take even further. Let’s support one another to grow, develop and keep learning so we can show the world that this is a fantastic industry to be a part of.”
This year’s partners for the BMW Hotelier Awards included BMW, Nespresso, Technogym, La Bottega, Pernod Ricard and FIJI water. The judging panel was comprised of experts who, between them, hold a significant amount of industry specific skills and knowledge.