TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, partnered with HSMAI Europe, a hospitality and travel industry organisation, to select and announce the first ever Young Hotelier of the Year at HSMAI’s award ceremony on May 5th in London at the Hilton Hotel, in Park Lane, in front of a star studded industry audience.
We’re pleased to be working with HSMAI Europe in recognising the great achievements of an outstanding hotelier over the past year,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “We hope to continue to collaborate with HSMAI Europe on future projects and help showcase the best talent the industry has to offer.”
Ingunn Hofseth, President of HSMAI Europe, said about the partnership: “We are looking forward to work with a partner that has such a great knowledge base about our members’ clients. With our knowledge and industry network, and their consumer competence, we are confident that this will be a fruitful relationship.”
The Young European Hotelier award is given to a leader who has set him- or herself apart from his or her peers through great achievement, either through exceptionally good results, or who has been especially innovative in his/her business and role as a leader.
The award for Young European Hotelier of the Year was given to Aimone dal Pozzo, Owner & CEO of Castello dal Pozzo who will be sent to study on a course at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in New York for his achievement in developing his family business from a location for weddings and gala dinners to a five star luxury hotel.
Commenting on his nomination Aimone Dal Pozzo said “Winning this award, given the exceptionally high level of competition from all of Europe, is without doubt extremely gratifying professionally.
The prize accompanying the nomination of Young European Hotelier of the Year, the possibility of spending some time at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, is a marvellous learning opportunity. The nomination also confirms that the professional dedication to the development of the Castello Dal Pozzo is beginning to bear fruit, bringing recognition not only to the Hotel itself but also to the town of Oleggio Castello and to the surrounding area.
I will treasure this moment for a long time and I am certain that it will be a great stimulus for future growth.”
The Young European Travel Industry Leader award went to Wilhelm Konrad Weber, Partner in Swiss Hospitality Solutions for his continued dedication and innovation to ensure he remains at the top of the hospitality industry. With his reputation as a dynamic developer of the revenue management discipline, Wilhelm will be able to attend a special business course at the London Business School.
Nordic Choice Hotels celebrated wins in the Travel Marketer of the Year and Event of the Year categories, whilst Petter Stordalen, Chairman and Owner of Nordic Choice Hotels was honoured for his vision and dedication despite his humble beginnings as a strawberry picker, to become one of the prestigious Top Ten Extraordinary Minds in the Hospitality and Travel Industry.
At the end of the evening Ingunn Hofseth, President and CEO of HSMAI Europe, commented:
“Our first ever HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards was a fantastic success. All the talented nominees and winners from last night are proof of what an exciting industry the hotel and travel sector is to work in, and we congratulate them all on the innovative work they are doing.”
About HSMAI Europe
HSMAI – Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International – is a global organisation founded in the US in 1927. HSMAI Europe is the European arm of the membership association. The association provides a forum where professionals within sales, marketing and leadership from the hospitality and travel industry meet for knowledge, inspiration, recognition and professional development, and where they can involve themselves through meeting with leaders, professionals and customers from across Europe. For more information.
TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features (including Flights search, TripAdvisor Mobile and TripAdvisor Trip Friends) with seamless links to booking tools.
TripAdvisor® Media Group, operated by TripAdvisor LLC, attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors* across 18 popular travel brands…TripAdvisor Media Group websites have been recognized as top travel resources in 2010 by Condé Nast Traveller, Good Housekeeping, TIME magazine and Travel + Leisure.