From left, Edward Judd, Sarah Keenan accepting on behalf of Nicolette van Lieshout, Paul Columbus and Jeremy Healy From left, Edward Judd, Sarah Keenan accepting on behalf of Nicolette van Lieshout, Paul Columbus and Jeremy Healy

Accor scoops four hotel awards

From left, Edward Judd, Sarah Keenan accepting on behalf of Nicolette van Lieshout, Paul Columbus and Jeremy Healy

Two general managers were among four Accor executives who walked away with Hotel Industry Awards last week. Jeremy Healy of Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour was named General Manager of the Year award, while Novotel Auckland Airport general manager, Paul Columbus took home the award for Senior Hotel Executive of the Year.

Building Futures project manager for the group’s New Zealand Regional Office, Nicolette van Lieshout was named Hotel Industry Administration Employee of the Year, while General Manager of Novotel & ibis Rotorua, Edward Judd was named Hotel Industry Regional Hotel Employee of the Year.

The awards judges said that both general mangers stood out for their leadership and displaying a passion for their work that saw them go beyond the call of duty.

During the award ceremony, Healy was described as a consummate hotelier, whose drive for excellence has been consistently demonstrated in the hotel’s performance, be it profit, employee satisfaction, exceeding guests’ expectations or sustainability measures.

Speaking about the winner of Senior Hotel Executive of the Year, the judges commented that Columbus embodied the complete package of a senior hotel executive. An ambassador for the New Zealand tourism industry, he has consistently achieved outstanding financial performance while leading his team by example and being committed to innovation and excellence.

Columbus is a member of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development’s Destination committee, and is in his fifth year as Auckland regional hotel sector chair for TIA, playing a key role in Auckland’s hotel industry.

There were two other Accor finalists, Jim Moore of Novotel Queenstown Lakeside who was a finalist in general manager of the Year and Israel Guido of Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour who was a finalist in the  Senior Hotel Executive of the Year award category.