Langham Auckland plays host to NZ Hotel Industry Awards 2017 Langham Auckland plays host to NZ Hotel Industry Awards 2017

There are 33 finalists in this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, with five regions taking centre stage - Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

The finalists compete across ten individual categories, plus an award for the hotel showing the most innovation with sustainability.

‘These are the New Zealand hotel sector’s premier awards and they recognise the many key roles that are vital to operating a successful hotel,’ says Sally Attfield, Hotel sector manager, Tourism Industry Aotearoa which co-hosts the Awards with Horwath HTL. 

Two new awards were also introduced this year, recognising the sector’s outstanding hotel general manager, and the food & beverage employee of the year.

Attfield says these are both vital roles. 

‘General Managers are usually the public face of a hotel and are responsible for managing everything from changing consumer expectations to cyber-crime, while food and beverage is an increasingly important part of a hotel’s offering, with great staff key to success,’ she says. 

The Awards will be presented at a gala dinner at the end of the Hotel Industry Conference on 20 July at The Langham in Auckland. 

Finalists are:

Hotel Industry Administration Employee of the Year

  • Clara Anderson, Accountant, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
  • Noreen Bancale, Financial Controller, Novotel Christchurch
  • Alison Borland, Guest Relations Executive, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland

Hotel Industry Concierge of the Year

  • Ingmar Becker, Chief Concierge, Bolton Hotel, Wellington
  • Gustavo Concha, Chief Concierge, Hilton Auckland
  • David Tabor, Chief Concierge, Sudima Christchurch Airport 

Hotel Industry Food and Beverage Employee of the Year, supported by ServiceIQ

  • Bhavna Abhilasha, Food and Beverage Supervisor, Sudima Auckland Airport
  • Abbey Lucas, Food and Beverage Supervisor, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Naomi Oh, Food and Beverage Supervisor, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington

Hotel Industry Front Office Services Employee of the Year

  • Hemal Ghetla, Front Office Manager, Sudima Lake Rotorua
  • Varna Musalini, Guest Relations Officer, Novotel and Ibis Auckland Ellerslie
  • Sharyna Te Puia, Rooms Division Manager, Sofitel Wellington

Hotel Industry General Manager of the Year, supported by AHS Hospitality

  • Brad Burnett, General Manager - SKYCITY Hotels, Sky Tower, Tourism and Carpark, SKYCITY Entertainment Group, Auckland
  • Philip Hilton, Cluster General Manager, AccorHotels Wellington
  • Nicole Lawson, General Manager, CityLife Auckland
  • Pipiana Whiston, General Manager, Millennium Hotel Rotorua

Hotel Industry Housekeeper Employee of the Year, supported by ServiceIQ

  • Renu Begha, Assistant Executive Housekeeper, Hilton Queenstown
  • Lynette Faiva, Executive Housekeeper, Citylife Hotel Auckland
  • Heide Holtz, Executive Housekeeper, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside 

Hotel Industry Outstanding Young Hotel Executive, supported by Sparkle Master Drycleaners

  • Christine Bronkhorst, Director of Quality, The Langham, Auckland
  • Danielle Davies, Business Development Executive - Hotels and Tower, SKYCITY Hotels Auckland
  • Vedika Jhunjhnuwala, Hotel Development Executive, Sudima Hotels and Resorts, Auckland 

Hotel Industry Revenue Manager of the Year, supported by ARMA

  • Alex Appelman, Reservations and Yield Manager, Heritage Queenstown
  • Chris James, Director of Revenue, Auckland Market, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Ali Simforoosh, Director of Revenue Management, The Langham, Auckland

Hotel Industry Sales & Marketing Employee of the Year

  • Caroline Ah-Chong Douglas, Marketing Manager, SKYCITY Entertainment Group, Auckland
  • Gillian Knott, Assistant Director of Sales, Auckland, AccorHotels
  • Elena Sharma, Marketing Manager, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Hotel Industry Senior Hotel Executive of the Year, supported by Dalman Architects

  • Judy Chen, Director of Sales and Marketing - Hotel Grand Chancellor NZ, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington
  • Michael Shah, Director of Sales and Marketing, The Langham, Auckland

Hotel Industry Environmental Initiative of the Year

  • CP Hotels Ltd trading as Mercure Queenstown Resort
  • The Langham, Auckland
  • The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments, Queenstown

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