Hotelier ME Awards 2015: Top tips for entering

The nominations for the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2015 are now open: here's how to submit your picks

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The nominations for the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2015 are now open, with a new and improved nomination form and some exciting new categories.

Now in its 11th year, the awards are a chance to congratulate the best team players, and those whom you feel should be recognised for their hard-work, innovative ideas and willingness to go above and beyond to ensure their hotels meet and exceed goals, and excel in the competitive Middle East hotel industry.

Planning for this year’s James Bond-themed event, to take place on Wednesday 28 October, is underway, and the Hotelier team really does have a licence to thrill. Will there be cars, special Bond beverages, interesting gadgets? All will be revealed over the coming months.

This year we have 16 categories, 15 of which are for individual nominations covering a broad range of roles from HR to purchasing and F&B. We have widened some of the categories, so that even more hoteliers can enter.

For example, this year, Concierge of the Year, is now Front Office Person of the Year, meaning that roles such as guest relations, guest services, reservations, and front office staff can be nominated, in addition to concierge staff.

HR Person of the Year has been expanded to include training, since we had so many fantastic training personnel entries to the category last year. We will be searching for a candidate who has expertly identified training needs and developed cost-effective initiatives to achieve company goals.

With hotel purchasing and procurement constantly evolving, we have decided to merge purchasing and finance roles to allow a wider spectrum of candidates to enter.

This year our Sales Person of the Year award has been altered to include the marketing function. We are looking for a candidate who has created exciting or imaginative sales/marketing plans and activities to increase brand awareness, and who has gone above and beyond to achieve optimal business results.

Another new category this year is Safety & Security Person of the Year. The candidate who will take home this award is an individual who goes above and beyond to ensure the safety and security of all guests, team members, contractors and visitors to the hotel.

Categories no longer included are PR, Laundry Manager, CSR Champion, and Chef de Cuisine of the Year, however candidates from all departments can be nominated for the Young Hotelier of the Year award if they are under the age of 30 on the date of the ceremony (October 28), or Unsung Hero of the Year, which goes to an outstanding member of staff in a department often overlooked.

The process for nominating candidates this year remains the same, however the nomination forms have been shortened and simplified to ease the process. All entries must be submitted online through the event website,

The nominations deadline has been set for Monday, August 31, 2015.

1 Fitness/Spa Person of the Year
2 Front Office Person of the Year
3 Housekeeper of the Year
4 IT Person of the Year
5 Hotel Engineer of the Year
6 Safety & Security Person of the Year (NEW)
7 HR & Training Person of the Year
8 Purchasing/Finance Person of the Year
9 Sales & Marketing Person of the Year
10 Hotel Manager/EAM of the Year
11 Executive Chef of the Year
12 F&B Manager of the Year
13 Young Hotelier of the Year
14 Unsung Hero of the Year
15 GM of the Year
16 Hotel Team of the Year

Writing your nomination
The nomination deadline is Monday 31 August, 2015. No nominations will be accepted after this date. Once the date has passed, the Hotelier Middle East team will begin shortlisting entries and in each category a shortlist of five candidates will be chosen. The shortlist will be posted online at and the person that nominated the shortlisted candidate will be contacted. The shortlist will be submitted to Hotelier’s independent panel of judges, who will be announced this summer, and the winners will be revealed at the Hotelier Middle East Awards on Wednesday 28 October, 2015.

What happens after I've nominated?
This year the nomination form has been simplified to make it quicker and easier for you to nominate team members. Keeping your answers concise and to the point, while including as much information as possible, is the key to a good entry. The judges have to sift through hundreds of forms, so please treat the nomination as if you were putting the candidate forward for a job vacancy. When an employer reads a CV, their attention must be captured on the first page — nominations for the Hotelier Middle East Awards should be approached in a similar way. For further information on best practice for writing your nominations, please read the nomination guidelines on

Who can nominate?
Nominations are open to all hotels in the Middle East, from one-star to five-star, branded or independent, including hotel apartments. If you work in a hotel in the Middle East you can nominate one or more of your colleagues. Hoteliers are not allowed to nominate themselves but if you would like to be considered, approach your line manager, HR manager, or PR manager and they will be able to advise you. Nominations from people from outside of your hotel will not be considered, but if a friend or guest thinks you deserve to be nominated, pass this feedback to your HR manager. Hotelier Middle East recommends that the general manager is included in the process of deciding who to nominate.

Whom should I nominate?
Ultimately, the judges are looking for employees who have gone over and above the call of duty. It doesn’t need to be the most senior or experienced person in the hotel, rather a colleague who is conscientious and committed, and brings a fresh outlook to their role as a result, while contributing something original to your hotel.


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