Building on the success of its inaugural event, Hotel Interactive®, Inc. has unveiled the details of its second annual Lodging Industry Elite awards to recognize leading hospitality executives, as well as the most impactful projects and brands, of 2018.
The charitable event will take place on May 13 at Lakeside at the Wynn Las Vegas, a Forbes Travel Guide 4-Star award winning restaurant. The three-hour event will feature high-ranking hotel executives representing a wide cross-section of the industry from the big brands to multi-unit owners/operators, as well as design and purchasing professionals and those companies that service the industry.
More than 4,000 votes were tallied to determine the winners of last year’s awards. A sampling of the companies on hand to receive awards last year include Hilton, Marriott Worldwide, Prism Hotels & Resorts, Crescent Hotels & Resorts, Vesta Hospitality Group, The Gettys Group, The Parker Companies, HBA, and Island Hospitality Management.
The award categories for 2018 are Innovator of the Year; Ownership Company of the Year; Third-party Operator of the Year; Purchasing Company of the Year; Purchasing Executive of the Year; Design Company of the Year; Design Executive of the Year; Brand Purchasing Executive of the Year; Owner/Operator Purchasing Company of the Year; Hotel Opening of the Year; Hotel Conversion of the Year; New Brand Intro of the Year; Female Executive of the Year; Young Executive of the Year; and Excellence in Sustainability.
“Last year’s inaugural edition exceeded everyone’s expectations. With that said we are excited about taking the 2019 extravaganza to an even higher level,” said Rich Viola, CEO of Hotel Interactive®.
The reception will include networking time as well as drinks and hors d’ouevres followed by a full-course dinner in a relaxed atmosphere where winners will be announced. Hotel Interactive® will be making contributions on behalf of attendees to Three Square, a Las Vegas-based food bank. Last year’s event netted some $3,500 in donations to Three Square.