As the hospitality industry in Asia continues to flourish, we look towards the young talent responsible for driving the fast-paced industry forward. For those who are new to the platform, this year for the very first time, we introduced a new award called The Rising Star, which aims to inspire the younger generation to join the hospitality sector. After partnering with the top ten universities offering a bachelor degree in Hotel Management across Asia, we received a high number of applications and were pleased to announce the finalists, alongside the other fourteen Award Categories. The five exceptional young talents, were students from the Beijing Hospitality Institute, Blue Mountain Suzhou, Les Roches Jin Jiang, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Gachon University, who between them are helping to shape the future of Hotel Management. The finalists were hand selected by its own judging panel, which consists of three previous General Manager Winners. We hope to shine a light on the industry’s most promising Rising Stars, and look forward to the awards ceremony in December, where the winner will be given the opportunity to complete an internship program in one of the top five-star hotels of their choice.