European Hospitality Awards 2017

A night of celebration as winners are announced at the 8th annual
European Hospitality Awards

On the evening of 9 November, more than 130 of the leading figures from the international
hotel sector gathered at London’s Tower Hotel to celebrate the best and brightest in the
contemporary hospitality industry.

During a gala dinner, awards were handed out across 15 categories, with winners selected by
a judging panel that included Mark Bruce from EPR Architects, Florent Duperrin from
Gensler, Phin Foster from HMI Magazine, Richard Harris from Capital Work Services,
Andrew Linwood

On the evening of 9 November, more than 130 of the leading figures from the international
hotel sector gathered at London’s Tower Hotel to celebrate the best and brightest in the
contemporary hospitality industry.

During a gala dinner, awards were handed out across 15 categories, with winners selected by
a judging panel that included Mark Bruce from EPR Architects, Florent Duperrin from
Gensler, Phin Foster from HMI Magazine, Richard Harris from Capital Work Services,
Andrew Linwood from Areen Design, Rolf Schmidt from Top Hotel Projects, Barry Thomas
from Rosewood London and Steve Waldron, from Grange Hotels.

The big winner on the night was the Park Hyatt Mallorca. Not only was the property
recognised as Opening of the Year – New Build, but Park Hyatt’s first European resort was
also the recipient of the Overall Winner accolade – the property deemed the outstanding
shortlisted entrant across all categories by the European Hospitality Awards judging panel.

It was also a night to remember for Meliá Hotels International, with the Spanish hotel
operator amassing wins across three categories, including flagship property Gran Melia
Palacio de los Duques being recognised as the Opening of the Year – Renovation or
Conversion.

Arguably the highlight of the evening, however, was the presentation of the European
Hospitality Award for Lifetime Achievement to Gerald Lawless, with the trailblazing hotelier
having flown in from Dubai specifically for the event.

After 23 years with Forte, Lawless was hired by Sheikh Mohammad in 1997 when the
nascent Jumeirah numbered just one operational hotel. Over the course of the next 18 years,
the Irish hotelier opened a further 23 iconic properties in 12 destinations, left plenty more in
the pipeline, established Jumeirah as a luxury powerhouse, created one of the region’s most
instantly recognisable brands and helped revolutionise the Middle Eastern hotel market.
Having stepped down as CEO and president of Jumeirah Group last year, the Irish national
currently serves as chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

Lawless joins an illustrious group of previous winners of the European Hospitality Award for
Lifetime Achievement, which includes British hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, former Rezidor
president and CEO Kurt Ritter, and Meliá Hotels International founder Gabriel Escarrer Juliá.

“The quality of entrants this year was incredibly high and speaks favourably of the current
health of the hotel sector,” said Phin Foster, editor-in-chief of Hotel Management
International and European Hospitality Awards judging panel member. “The event is a great
opportunity to recognise successes right across the industry and I’m happy to see it going
from strength to strength.”

A full list of the winners of the European Hospitality Awards 2017 can be read below. For
details of all shortlisted entrants, please visit www.arena-international.com/eha.

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