2019 NZ Hotel Industry Awards Finalists

Thirty-nine finalists are competing for this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards across 13 categories. A new category has been introduced in 2019 with the Hotel Industry Technology Employee of the Year, recognising someone who has made an exceptional contribution in championing a technology project that has led to increased guest satisfaction and operational efficiency.

The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner at Cordis, Auckland on 20 June. The dinner will cap off the 2019 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference, co-hosted by TIA and Horwath HTL.

Hotel Industry Administration Employee of the Year

  • Katie Church, Millbrook Resort, Queenstown
  • Mohammed Aslam, Heritage Hotel Auckland
  • Nicolette van Lieshout, Accor New Zealand Regional Office

Hotel Industry Concierge of the Year
supported by Sparkle Master Drycleaners

  • Frederique Irion, Cordis, Auckland
  • Nick Steele, Heritage Hotel Auckland
  • Ruth Whitley, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland

Hotel Industry Environmental Initiative of the Year

  • Cordis, Auckland
  • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington
  • Sudima Christchurch Airport

Hotel Industry Food and Beverage Employee of the Year

  • Bonn Tucker, Scenic Hotel Southern Cross, Dunedin
  • Florent Souche, QT Wellington
  • Lance Webster, James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington

Hotel Industry Front Office Services Employee of the Year
supported by New Zealand School of Tourism

  • Harry Flynn, Crowne Plaza Queenstown 
  • Kevin Dias, Sudima Auckland Airport
  • Shuman (Monica) Dai, Cordis, Auckland

Hotel Industry General Manager of the Year

  • Jeremy Healy, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Jim Moore, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
  • Lynley Mckinnon, Chateau Marlborough

Hotel Industry Housekeeper Employee of the Year 
supported by Vendella

  • Kailash Mohan Singh Rana, Stamford Plaza Auckland
  • Moana Puiri, Sudima Auckland Airport
  • Nicolas Souto, Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown

Hotel Industry Outstanding Young Hotel Executive of the Year
supported by Sparkle Master Drycleaners

  • Matt McDonald, Millbrook Resort, Queenstown
  • Melissa Alexander, Scenic Hotel Auckland
  • Vedika Jhunjhnuwala, Sudima Hotels

Hotel Industry Regional Hotel Employee of the Year
supported by Linenmaster

  • Edward Judd, Novotel & ibis Rotorua
  • Stephan Rudich, Heritage Collection Portside Hotel Gisborne

Hotel Industry Revenue Manager of the Year
supported by ARMA

  • Areesa Chunsangfah, Rydges Latimer Christchurch
  • Mark Nixon, Bolton Hotel, Wellington
  • Udji Dimayuga-Nocos, Rydges Wellington

Hotel Industry Sales, Marketing & Distribution Employee of the Year
supported by Fastrack Digital

  • Amanda Youell, Millbrook Resort, Arrowtown
  • Elizabeth Burrett, SKYCITY Entertainment Group
  • Lisa Breckon, CPG Hotels
  • Marion Bausse, Cordis, Auckland

Hotel Industry Senior Hotel Executive of the Year
supported by Dalman Architects

  • Israel Suarez Guido, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
  • Paul Columbus, Novotel Auckland Airport
  • Ronnie Ronalde, CPG Hotels

Hotel Industry Technology Employee of the Year
supported by GuestTraction

  • Dipika Patel, Sudima Hotels
  • Ella Blake, Bolton Hotel, Wellington
  • Lisa Song, Four Points by Sheraton Auckland

Congratulations to the 2018 New Zealand Hotel Industry Award Winners

Hotel Industry Regional Hotel Employee of the Year
Rohan Thakur, Front Office Manager, Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier

Hotel Industry Concierge of the Year
Ingmar Becker, Chief Concierge, Bolton Hotel, Wellington

Hotel Industry Front Office Services Employee of the Year, supported by NZ School of Tourism
Neil Hemraj, Front Office Manager, CityLife Hotel, Auckland

Hotel Industry Housekeeper Employee of the Year, supported by Vendella
Annalise Stewart, Executive Housekeeper, InterContinental Hotel, Wellington

Hotel Industry Food and Beverage Employee of the Year, supported by ServiceIQ
Mick Yuan, Restaurant and Bar Manager, Scenic Hotel Franz Joseph Glacier

Hotel Industry Sales & Marketing Employee of the Year, supported by Fastrack Group
Leigh Higgins, Director of Sales – Corporate and MICE, Sudima Hotels & Resorts

Hotel Industry Administration Employee of the Year
Eugenia Marquez, Marketing Executive, Cordis, Auckland

Hotel Industry Revenue Manager of the Year, supported by ARMA
Roma Patel, National Reservations & Yield Manager, Sudima Hotels & Resorts

Hotel Industry Environmental Initiative of the Year, supported by Skal
Sudima Auckland Airport

Hotel Industry Outstanding Young Hotel Executive
Danielle Davies, Business Development Manager – International, SKYCITY Hotel and SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland

Hotel Industry General Manager of the Year, supported by AHS Hospitality
Richard Bungeroth, General Manager, Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier

Hotel Industry Senior Hotel Executive of the Year, supported by NZ Sotheby's International Realty
Les Morgan, Director of Hotels, Sudima Hotels & Resorts

Hotel Industry Lifetime Achievement Award
Kathy Guy, General Manager, Wairakei Resort/Chateau Tongariro

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