Nordic Choice Hotels wins three awards at first-ever HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards

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HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI Europe is delighted to announce the twelve category winners from last night’s HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards 2011 at the prestigious Hilton Park Lane . With the awards in its first year, the HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards 2011 recognises both leading experts and industry professionals for their exemplary work within the hospitality sector and the up-and-coming talents of the young professionals bringing an innovative and fresh approach to an fast-growing industry.

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards – 2011 Winners

Top Ten Extraordinary Minds in the Hospitality and Travel Industry
  • Bjørn Kjos, CEO, Norwegian Air Shuttle
  • Gerard Greene, CEO, Yotel
  • Grace Leo, President, GLA Hotels
  • José A. Tazón, Chairman, Amadeus
  • Kurt Ritter, President, The Rezidor Group
  • Tamara Heber-Percy, CTO, Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Michael Levie, Founding Partner and CEO, citizenM hotels
  • Petter Stordalen, Chairman and Owner, Nordic Choice Hotels
  • Richard Branson, Chairman, Virgin Group
  • Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Founder, EasyJet
Young European Travel Industry Leader
Wilhelm Konrad Weber, Swiss Hospitality Solutions
Young European Hotelier of the Year
Aimone dal Pozzo, Castello dal Pozzo
TV Advert of the Year
Visit Iceland
Environment Award
Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt
PR Campaign of the Year
Discover Ireland
Printed Advert of the Year
Hurtigruten
Event of the Year
Nordic Choice Hotels
Educator of the Year
Prof. Peter O’Connor,  ESSEC Business School
High Achieving Performance Enhancer of the Year
Young N. Nguyen,  d2o
High Achieving Hotelier of the Year
Christophe Mendjel, Hotel Secret de Paris
HSMAI European Travel Marketer of the Year
Nordic Choice Hotels

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

The Young European Travel Industry Leader award went to Wilhelm Konrad Weber, Partner in Swiss Hospitality Solutions for his continued dedication and innovation to ensure he remains at the top of the hospitality industry. With his reputation as a dynamic developer of the revenue management discipline, Wilhelm will be able to attend a special business course that the London Business School.  Likewise, the award for Young European Hotelier of the Year was given to Aimone dal Pozzo, Owner & CEO of Castello dal Pozzo who will be sent to study on a course at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration in New York for his achievement in developing his family business from a location for weddings and gala dinners to a five star luxury hotel.

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

Nordic Choice Hotels celebrated wins in the Travel Marketer of the Year and Event of the Year categories, whilst Petter Stordalen, Chairman and Owner of Nordic Choice Hotels was honoured for his vision and dedication despite his humble beginnings as a strawberry picker, to become one of the prestigious Top Ten Extraordinary Minds in the Hospitality and Travel Industry.

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

Ingunn Hofseth, President and CEO of HSMAI Europe, commented:

“Our first ever HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards was a fantastic success. All the talented nominees and winners from last night are proof of what an exciting industry the hotel and travel sector is to work in, and we congratulate them all on the innovative work they are doing.”

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011

HSMAI European Travel Marketer Awards, 5 May 2011