Southampton and Region Hoteliers Association encouraged to celebrate people in hospitality at Awards Launch

Members of the Southampton & Region Hoteliers Association were yesterday encouraged to celebrate the Champions of the Hospitality industry by nominating, staff, colleagues and managers for the 2020 Hospitality Awards. The launch that took place at Saint Mary’s Stadium and supported by Saints Events, were told of the success of last year’s awards and what it means to the unsung heroes of the industry. 

The 2020 Hospitality Awards have been designed to seek out the high achievers and teams throughout 2019 and will amplify the best hotels and venues in the city for areas such as customer service, guest satisfaction and market growth.

Voting for the Hospitality Awards will take place from now until the beginning of November, with finalists announced in Winter and culminating in an awards ceremony on February 7th, 2020 at DoubleTree by Hilton Southampton Hotel, where the finalists will be revealed. 

The non-profit awards will again donate a portion of the ceremony ticket sales to the charity FareShare; the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste, by saving food from going to waste and redistributing it to frontline charities. Last year’s awards enabled the Association to provide £2,000 for the charity and Claire Martin, Development Manager at FareShare South Central said that the money will be used in the Summer Holidays to provide 80 families with food such as fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. It is reported that children in poverty, lose 8% of their body weight during the Summer where they do not have access to free school meals during the 6 weeks holidays.

Cab My Ride were announced again as this year’s Headline Sponsor for the 2020 Hospitality Awards. 

Richard Groome, General Manager at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and founder of the Awards, says: ‘’The awards are a brilliant example of collaboration between hoteliers, venues and local businesses. Last year’s awards were a massive success and I’m looking forward to seeing them bigger and better in 2020. It’s fantastic to already have commitment from last year’s sponsors and supporters such as Cab My Ride as headline sponsor.’’

The award categories which can be nominated by the hospitality staff are as follows:

  1. Mentor of The Year
  2. Rising Star of The Year
  3. Chef of The Year Award
  4. Operational Excellence Award
  5. Top Team of The Year Award
  6. Community Award
  7. Student/Apprentice of the Year
  8. Sales and Revenue Person of the Year Award
  9. Lifetime Achievement Award
  10. Best of the Rest (this will be decided from all category nominations)

Nathan Chart, General Manager at Best Western Chilworth Manor Hotel and Chairman of the Southampton Hoteliers Association, says: ‘’The awards are a great way to celebrate the people that make the hospitality industry.  The Association is all about the industry coming together, and what better way to show this, than a celebration. We encourage all of the Association to nominate those exceptional people’’

Anna Hales, Strategy and Campaigns Manager at The Marketing Collective, Marketing Partner of the Awards, says: ‘’We are thrilled to be working with the Southampton and Region Hoteliers Marketing Partner for the 2020 Hospitality Awards. The awards celebrate emerging and established talent, which we at The Marketing Collective are passionate about.’’

Find the latest updates for the 2020 Hospitality Awards.