The Hotelier Awards China, a ceremony which honors the dedicated professionals of the hotel industry, made its debut on Thursday 11th December 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong. Over 300 hoteliers and industry professionals gathered in the grand ballroom to await the announcement of this year’s award winners.

This inaugural year, The Hotelier Awards received close to 300 applications from over 100 properties from 44 different brands. Winners of each category were decided by a panel of independent experts through a two-round process and based on a combination of facts presented in the application, interviews, and testimonials. 

Taking home the “General Manager of the Year” award was Bahram Sepahi from Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou mentioning that “We in the hotel business, are not wired to self-recognize. So to receive this award and have such a celebrity-oriented treatment, is really touching.” The two runner-ups were Andy Wang from The Azure Qiantang, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hangzhou and Sandy Murray from DoubleTree by Hilton Beijing.

The 16 award categories were presented by one of the judges alongside a representative from the sponsoring companies, which included Torres, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), TechnoGym, MusicStyling, and CreativeTechnology. 

The judge panel was comprised of experts who, between them, hold a wide plethora of industry specific skills and knowledge. Those judges were Yona He - Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific & Oceania - Forbes Travel Guide, Alison Gilmore - Senior Exhibition Director – International Luxury Travel Market (ITLM), Dr. Sacha Stöcklin - Campus Director/Academic Dean – Les Roches Shanghai, Jeannie Cho Lee – First Asian Master of Wine (MW), and Jingsheng Xu - The General Secretary of National Hotel Association/Vice Director of National Tourism Administration China.

The hotel industry is the ultimate people business. Looking forward to returning in 2015, The Hotelier Awards China will continue to shed light on the hardworking people of the hotel industry, giving them the recognition and praise that they deserve.

The Hotelier Awards China 2014 winners are:

General Manager of the Year

Bahram Sepahi, General Manager and Regional Vice President – Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou

Hotel Manager/Resident of the Year

Brian Tan, Director of Operations – Fairmont Yangcheng Lake

Food & Beverage Hotelier of Year

Ellen Franke, Executive Assistant Manager, Food and Beverage – The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

Marketing & Communications Hotelier of the Year

Ada Leng Chio De La Cruz, Director of Marketing Communications – Mandarin Oriental, Macau

Sales Hotelier of the Year

Yvonne Mak, Director of Sales & Marketing – The PuLi Hotel and Spa

Human Resources Hotelier of the Year

Delia Yang, Director of Human Resources – Mandarin Oriental, Sanya

Finance Hotelier of the Year

Ranjeev Tikaram, Finance Controller – The Great Wall Sheraton Hotel Beijing

Chef Hotelier of the Year

Peter Find, Executive Chef – The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

Front Office Hotelier of the Year

Alvin Jia, Front of House Manager and Quality Manager – The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

House Keeping Hotelier of the Year

Dina Angelucci, Director of Housekeeping – Conrad Macao, Cotai Central and Holiday Inn Macao Cotai Central

Health Club & Spa Hotelier of the Year

Daphne Li, Director of Spa – The Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai

Technology Hotelier of the Year

Richard Xue, Director of IT – Four Seasons Hotel Beijing

Concierge Hotelier of the Year

Apple Wang, Concierge Manager – The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

CSR Hotelier of the Year

Syed Mubarak, Director of Sustainability – The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

The Unsung Hero

Linda Zhao, Health Club Cleaner – Hilton Beijing

Most Popular Hotelier of the Year

Stanley Lam, Director of Food & Beverage – Grad Hyatt Guangzhou

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