The Leading Hotels of the World recently announced the winners of a series of prestigious awards during its 2009 Annual Convention, held in Venice, Italy last week, from 19 to 22 November 2009.
COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The company presented the Fourth Annual Commitment to Excellence Awards, acknowledging hotels whose concept of service extends beyond their immediate walls, and whose exceptional efforts exert a positive impact on our world in the areas of the environment, community outreach and cultural support.
The respective winners for 2009 were:
The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland; Taj West End in Bangalore, India; and Japan's Hotel Okura Tokyo.
COMMITMENT TO QUALITY AWARDS
The winners of the Eighth Annual Commitment to Quality Awards were also announced, with members in five regions: Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia & Pacific, United States of America & Canada, and Mexico, The Caribbean & South America. The winners were those properties which achieved the highest Leading Quality Assurance scores during the period of July 2008 to June 2009.
The 2009 winners of the Commitment to Quality Awards are:
Europe Villa San Michele, Florence, Fiesole, Italy Baur au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland
Middle East & Africa Le Touessrok, TrouD'Eau Douce, Mauritius Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Mahé, Republic of Seychelles
Asia & Pacific Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, South Malé Atoll, Republic of Maldives The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
United States of America & Canada The Hay-Adams, Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A. The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina, U.S.A.
Mexico, The Caribbean & South America Grand Velas All Suites & Spa Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico Carlisle Bay, Carlisle Bay, Antigua
LEADER CLUB AWARDS
The winners of the Eleventh Annual Leaders Club Awards were revealed. The principal criteria in determining the winners were responses to post-stay questionnaires and letters received by the Leaders Club Services Department from Club members themselves.
This year's winners of the Leaders Club Guest Recognition Awards of Excellence were King George Palace, Athens, Greece; Excelsior Hotel Ernst, Cologne, Germany; and Rocco Forte Le Richmond, Geneva, Switzerland.
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
For the first time this year, hotels that ranked number one in each of their categories were honoured on the closing night of the convention at a gala dinner held at La Fenice opera house. Each winner received a watch provided by long-time Leading Hotels sponsor and supporter Blancpain, and a special trophy from Tiffany.
The Grand Prize Winners were: The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland - Commitment to Excellence Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, South Malé Atoll, Republic of Maldives - Commitment to Quality King George Palace, Athens, Greece - Leaders Club Award
LEADING LEGENDS AWARD
Company President and Chief Executive Officer Ted Teng also announced a new award category, Leading Legends, which will make its debut next year. This award will honour individual hoteliers who have contributed significantly to preserving and advancing independent hotels. The panel of judges will include Leading Hotels Chairman, Jean-Jacques Gauer, designer Donald Goo, Travel + Leisure's Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Director of American Express Publishing Corporation, Nancy Novogrod, as well as renowned hotelier, Georg Rafael.
About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is the prestigious luxury hospitality organization representing more than 450 of the world's finest hotels, resorts and spas, and is the operator of www.lhw.com and www.lhwspas.com - the online sources for your luxury lifestyle. As the largest international luxury hotel brand, the firm maintains offices in 22 major markets across the globe.
Since 1928, the company's reputation for excellence derives from the exacting levels of quality it demands of its members, each of which must pass a rigorous, anonymous inspection covering hundreds of meticulous criteria spanning from product to behavioural standards. This set of standards is the most stringent in the industry.
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