HMG Announces Hospitality Industry Awards Ceremony Recognizing Top Talent

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Hospitality Media Group (HMG) has announced its new hospitality industry awards program called HX: The Awards sponsored by Guestsupply. The inaugural awards will be presented at HX: The Hotel Experience in November in New York City.

The awards program is part of the new HX branding and growth strategy initiatives implemented by HMG earlier this year to expand HX to a B2B media brand for hotel and restaurant professionals.

“HX: The Awards brings together the best and brightest in the industry and will recognize and honor the true movers and shakers of 2018,” said Tedd Swormstedt, chief executive officer of HMG. “It’s important to HMG and the HX brand to recognize people that are pushing the hospitality industry forward."

The ceremony and awards reception will take place on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, from 6 pm-8 pm at the InterContinental Times Square Hotel in New York. Tickets are $125 per person.

HX: the awards

Karen Salibian

"We wanted to recognize and celebrate the hospitality industry's thought leaders and have them become a part of the HX community," said Karen Salibian, HX Awards program director and executive vice president at of Minding Your Business, a Chicago-based strategic agency providing organizational planning, experience design and production, and marketing and branding for corporations and associations. "We hope to continue to grow this new awards program in the years to come."


HX: The Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Category – Food & Beverage

Sub-Category – Operational Excellence

Name of Award Best Hotel F&B Concept

Type of Award – Organization

Description – For integrated guest dining experience

Criteria – Recognizes an F&B outlet that complements the property they are located in and showcases creativity and outstanding guest experience through operational excellence. Exceptional food, environment and service create the trifecta of a top notch, integrated dining experience.

Category – Hotel, Resorts, Casinos

Sub-Category – Operational Excellence

Name of AwardHotel of the Year

Type of Award – Organization

Description – For overall results/performance this year

Criteria – No stone is left unturned. The Hotel of the Year recognizes a property that delivers guest excellence, take opportunities to use technology to enhance the guest experience and hotel operation, while being true to their mission, always remembering this is a “people” business. The hotel has embraced sustainable efforts and/or is taking steps to implement sustainable measures to better their operation and the greater good.

Category – Leadership

Sub-Category – Special Achievement

Name of Award General Manager of the Year

Type of Award – Individual

Description – For overall leadership and business performance this year

Criteria – Presented to a GM who has provided exceptional leadership to both their hotel team as well as ownership. This individual is not afraid to try new things and reimagine the possibilities to stay at the forefront of guest needs and satisfaction.

Category – Leadership

Sub-Category – Young Leaders

Name of Award Next Gen Leader

Type of Award – Individual

Description – For a young professional making a difference

Criteria – This award will recognize an individual with a great story to tell. They are thinking differently to contribute positively to the hospitality industry and consistently asking “why” and “why not” so they can ultimately make a positive difference, spark a conversation and help inspire others within the industry to achieve excellence and reimagine what’s next.

Ideally, this award will be presented to an individual who has been in the industry for at least 5 years and less than 30 years old.

Category – Leadership

Sub-Category – Women in Leadership

Name of Award – Outstanding Woman in Hospitality Leadership Award

Type of Award – Individual

Description – For a woman in an industry leadership role

Criteria – Has demonstrated invaluable contributions to the industry and their community at large - mentoring others and taking every opportunity to advance themselves and their organizations for the benefit of the industry and the women around them.

For more information on HX: The Awards, click here.

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