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The Awards

The Hotelier Awards Asia & South Asia will host two independent competitions. Two winners for each category will be awarded for all 19 categories – One winner from Asia and one from South Asia

The Hotelier Awards Asia:
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam

The Hotelier Awards South Asia:
Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

General Manager

Hotel Manager / Resident Manager

Food & Beverage Hotelier

Chef Hotelier

Sommelier/Mixologist Hotelier

The Unsung Hero

CSR Hotelier

Concierge Hotelier

Sales Hotelier

Marketing & Communications Hotelier

Human Resources Hotelier

Engineering Hotelier

Owner Representative

Finance Hotelier

Front Office Hotelier

Information Technology Hotelier

Wellness & Spa Hotelier

House Keeping Hotelier

Corporate Hotelier*

* This award is open to applicants in the APAC region.

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 19 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 28th 2019 In Singapore.

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.

Michel Lamunière

Chairman & CEO, Edipresse

After graduating with a MBA in business from ESADE, Barcelona, Michel began his career at Nestlé’s marketing and sales departments in China and Hong Kong. In 2011, he returned home to Switzerland to work for the headquarters of the Edipresse Group, where he rose to the position of Vice President. After several years nurturing the company’s luxury media and digital business, he was tasked to lead the Asian arm of the Edipresse Group, which precipitated a move back to the region. Currently based in Hong Kong, Michel serves as Chairman and CEO of Edipresse Media Asia, where he focuses on strengthening the regional presence of Asia Tatler as well as transforming the business via key digital investments.

Christophe Laurent

Values Ambassador, Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL)

Christophe Laurent is the Values Ambassador at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), a leading Swiss university that provides learning solutions for enthusiastic, talented and ambitious students from 119 different countries. Christophe oversees the implementation and respect of the values on campus at EHL. Prior to joining EHL, he held operational and managerial responsibilities in top restaurants and hotels in the UK. In 1991, he was awarded the title of MOGB (Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne) Arts de la Table by the French Academy of Culinary Arts. With his domain of expertise in customer care management and international business etiquette, he travels locally and around the globe to share his experiences with university students and key players in the world of hospitality.

Jenny Soo

Director & Head of Workplace Experience Asia Pacific, JLL – Jones Lang LaSalle

Jenny has over 30 years of experience in the Hospitality and Tourism industry, with roles in operations and management, including Events Manager, Professional Conference Organiser, Director of Sales and Marketing, Executive Assistant Manager, Hotel Manager and General Manager. Jenny’s current position is with leading real estate company JLL in Corporate Solutions as the Regional Head of Workplace Experience, she is responsible for the strategic development of market-leading hospitality offerings and the delivery of service solutions for global enterprises.

Christine Gamarra

Senior Operations lead for LRA by Deloitte

A graduate of Ecôle hôtelière de Lausanne and a certified Sommelier, Christine is a hospitality professional with more than 29 years’ experience, 18 of which have been in Asia. Christine is based in Singapore and is a Senior Operations lead with LRA by Deloitte; a leading global provider of customer experience measurement services for multinational companies with complex customer interactions. She manages a global portfolio of hospitality clients across the region including Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Christine’s interests lie in mentoring aspiring hoteliers and she has contributed columns to Biz Events Asia and is an examiner for the EHL student recruitment interviews.

The Hotelier Awards 2019 – Asia

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

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