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The Awards

The Hotelier Awards Asia 2018 is Proud to Present 15 Awards
Celebrating Hoteliers Across Departments.

General Manager

Food & Beverage Hotelier

Chef Hotelier

Sommelier Hotelier

The Unsung Hero

Concierge Hotelier

Sales Hotelier

Marketing & Communications Hotelier

Human Resources Hotelier

Engineering Hotelier

Finance Hotelier

Front Office Hotelier

Information Technology Hotelier

Wellness & Spa Hotelier

House Keeping Hotelier

Event Timeline

Application Period







Judging Period






Final Judging






The Judges

This year’s judging panel consists of experts
from within the travel and hospitality industry.

With a deep understanding of the complexities required in order to become a successful hotelier,  the judges will evaluate the 15 different awards across various departments.

Judging Round 1:

The judging panel will decide on the top five candidates for each category based on the facts provided in the applications.

Judging Round 2:

Phone interviews will be conducted with the finalists.* This will support the judges’ decision, along with the initial application submitted.
*General Managers will Have Face-To-Face Interviews With The Judging Panel On May 23rd2018 In Singapore.

Yona He

Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Forbes Travel Guide

Yona He-Poda launched Forbes Travel Guide and led its Asia Pacific expansion since 2009. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of business development, operations, PR and strategic expansion of its star-ratings, consulting and content businesses. She has launched star-ratings in 22 destinations within 11 Asia Pacific countries. Yona has wealth of global experience having lived in 5 countries including North America, mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Indonesia. Throughout her 25-year career, she’s held management roles at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Louis Vuitton, and Charter One Bank. While at Four Seasons, she was part of the pre-opening team of the flagship Hong Kong property, in addition to receiving numerous recognitions in North America and the Asia Pacific region. She graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a focus on International Marketing Management and received a Certification in Urban Development from Beijing Foreign Studies University. Natively born in Guangzhou, Yona currently resides between Hong Kong and Jakarta. She speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.

Alison Gilmore

Portfolio Director, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), Worldwide

Joining ILTM in January 2012, Alison has an extensive global background and over 20 years experience in premium travel and lifestyle. At American Express International, Alison was responsible for leveraging the brand’s global travel network, identifying and creating international travel partners. Based in Asia, Alison also created American Express’ business development unit across the JAPA region. She is passionate about travel and the value of relationships within the luxury travel industry.

Dr. Sacha Stöcklin

Former Campus Director, Les Roches Jin Jiang International Hotel Management College, Shanghai

In his former role at Les Roches Jin Jiang, Dr. Sacha Stöcklin wss responsible for maintaining the college’s standards of excellence at the Shanghai campus and upholding the high expectations of a Swiss education in hospitality. Before joining Les Roches Jin Jiang, Dr. Stöcklin was Program Manager at Les Roches International School of Hotel Management in Bluche, Switzerland. In addition, he has taught at other prestigious hospitality colleges in Switzerland.Dr. Stöcklin is a Certified Hospitality Educator and holds a Doctorate in Education (EdD) with a focus on Educational Management. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management.

Zita Ong

Board Member, Edipresse Media Asia

Zita Ong is one of the Board Members of Edipresse Media Asia, a luxury lifestyle media and events company. She has been instrumental in transitioning the company from a traditional print publisher to a dynamic multi-platform content provider, encompassing digital, custom publishing, content marketing and live events. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the company counts among its growing portfolio one of the region’s most influential luxury lifestyle media brands, Asia Tatler. Prior to joining Edipresse, Zita held senior positions in ACP magazines Asia and MediaCorp Publishing in Singapore, where she oversaw numerous magazine launches. Zita, who travels extensively for both work and pleasure, loves nothing more than combining her penchant for luxurious hospitality experiences with her passion for global adventure.

Simon Kahn

Chief Marketing Officer – Asia Pacific, Google

Simon Kahn is responsible for marketing strategy, development, and execution for Google’s consumer-facing and B2B products and solutions in Asia Pacific. Prior to working for Google, Simon worked at American Express for thirteen years including serving as Country Manager for Singapore from 2008 to 2011. Before this Simon was Executive Director of Youth Venture, a non-profit organisation that works with young people to develop and run their own businesses and organisations. Simon worked in national politics and government for four years before joining Youth Venture including working in the White House Liaison office in the Department of State. Simon’s wealth of expertise placed him on AmCham’s Board of Governors for six years including three years as Chairman. He holds a BA in Asian Studies from Swarthmore College and a Masters in Chinese Studies and MBA from the University of Michigan.

*Only judging the ASEAN and North Asia applicants

The Hotelier Awards 2018 – Asia

The official rules and regulations for The Hotelier Awards can be found here.

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