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2018 HM Awards: Finalists announced for first 14 categories

Finalists have been announced in 14 categories for the 2018 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, presented by Sealy Posturepedic.

Categories where finalists have been announced today are listed below and due to a record number of entries received in 2018, finalists for the remaining categories will be announced next Monday, August 6 as judging continues.

Once more, almost 50 HM Awards will be handed out in 2018 and will recognise excellence over a range of categories, from people and departments to properties and chains.

Annually, over 1500 different properties are nominated and after a lengthy voting process by a judging panel involving 20 industry professionals and travel media, the finalists and winners are then decided.

In the last 15 years, over 8600 people have attended the HM Awards presented by Sealy Posturepedic and more than 680 awards have been awarded to hotels across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Winners will be revealed at the 2018 HM Awards presented by Sealy Posturepedic gala presentation dinner at ICC Sydney on Friday, September 7, 2018.

A limited number of tickets are available for the event and more information is available here.

HM Awards 2018 Finalists

AUSTRALIAN PROPERTY CATEGORIES

Serviced Apartment Property
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Economy Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Midscale Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Upscale Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Upper-upscale Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Luxury Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Australian Lodge
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Business Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Resort
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Hotel Interior Design
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Boutique Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

New Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

MICE Property
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Regional Property
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Day Spa
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Hotel Bar
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Hotel Restaurant
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Tech Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

NEW ZEALAND PROPERTY CATEGORIES

New Zealand Hotel
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

New Zealand Regional Property
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

New Zealand Lodge
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

FIJIAN PROPERTY CATEGORIES

Fijian Property
Finalists:
-Castaway Island
-Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva
-Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay
-Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa, Denarau Island
-InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa
-Likuliku Lagoon Resort
-Malolo Island Resort
-Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Coral Coast
-Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island
-Six Senses Fiji, Malolo Island
-Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Denarau Island
-The Westin Fiji Resort and Spa, Denarau Island
-VOMO Island Fiji, Mamanuca Islands
-Wyndham Resort Denarau Island

SOUTH PACIFIC PROPERTY CATEGORIES

South Pacific Property
Finalists:
-Conrad Bora Bora Nui, French Polynesia
-Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora, French Polynesia
-Hilton Noumea La Promenade, Noumea
-Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu
-InterContinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, French Polynesia
-Le Meridien Ile des Pins, New Caledonia
-Little Polynesian, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
-Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Cook Islands
-Pacific Resort Rarotoga, Cook Islands
-Sheraton Deva Noumea Resort and Spa, Noumea
-Sofitel Bora Bora Private Island, French Polynesia
-Sofitel Moorea la Ora Beach Resort, French Polynesia
-St Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia
-Te Manava Luxury Villas and Spa, Cook Islands
-The Brando, French Polynesia

PROPERTY AWARDS – ALL COUNTRIES (AUSTRALIA, NZ & STH PACIFIC)

Marketing Campaign
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Service to the Community
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

PEOPLE AWARDS – ALL COUNTRIES (AUSTRALIA, NZ & STH PACIFIC)

Concierge
Finalists:
-Aaron Hutchins, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand
-Andrew Austen, Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Christophe Thomas-Trophimes, Peppers Waymouth Hotel, Adelaide, SA
-Cori Oliver, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, QLD
-David Board, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, NSW
-David Tonkin, Mount Lofty House, MGallery by Sofitel, Adelaide Hills, SA
-Edward Charles, Pullman Sydney Hyde Park, NSW
-Greg Hillard, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, NSW
-Jay de los Reyes, QT Sydney, NSW
-Joe Coorey, Pullman Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
-Nathan Brown, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Phil Shearer, Rydges Wellington, New Zealand
-Rhett Constantine, Pullman Melbourne Albert Park, VIC
-Rick Karsten, SKYCITY Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
-Sunny Togiavalu, Sheraton on the Park Sydney, NSW

Hotel Chef
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Food and Beverage Associate
Finalists:
-Chris O’Connor, Mantra on Russell, Melbourne, VIC
-David Moore, Novotel Sydney Parramatta, NSW
-Veronika Hojdarova, Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-David Oh, Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel, NSW
-Girish Karkera, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, New Zealand
-Jaime Doggett, Pullman Magenta Shores Resort, NSW
-Jasmin Akers, QT Sydney, NSW
-Jeremy Metzroth, Ovolo Woolloomooloo, NSW
-Joanne Baumgart, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, NSW
-Leny Ursino, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, NSW
-Maya Kusomoto, Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
-Natasha Nair, Hyatt Regency Sydney, NSW
-Nicolas Mercier, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Pangaka Mao, Hyatt Regency Sydney, NSW
-Shashi Bogati, ibis Melbourne Hotel & Apartments, VIC
-Sonja Buettner, InterContinental Sydney, NSW
-Thomas Holliday, Atura Albury, NSW

Human Resources Associate
Finalists:
-Alana Penny, Novotel Sydney Central, NSW
-Alexandra Lederer, Ovolo Group Australia
-Alice Kennedy, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, New Zealand
-Bernadette Reynolds, Pullman Cairns International, QLD
-Catherine Monaghan, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, New Zealand
-Emily Squires, Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach & Novotel Wollongong, NSW
-Erin O’Connor, Loxley on Bellbird Hill, NSW
-Jane Law, Ovolo Group Australia
-Jennifer Roach, Veriu Hotels & Suites
-Jude Healey, Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, NSW
-Kelly Grace, Novotel & ibis Auckland Ellerslie, New Zealand
-Melanie Wilkinson, Pullman Melbourne on the Park, VIC
-Natalie McCarthy, Wyndham Destinations Asia-Pacific
-Paula Le Rocca, Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour & Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
-Ryan Dickson, AccorHotels Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
-Steven Hair, Mantra Group, QLD
-Tiara Jang, InterContinental Sydney, NSW
-Veronique James, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW

Sales and Marketing Associate
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Communications Associate
Finalists:
-Angela Cowley, AccorHotels Pacific
-Camilla Cooper, Hyatt Regency Sydney, NSW
-Caroline Davidson, The Rees Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
-Chris Lee, QT Queenstown & QT Wellington, New Zealand
-Chris Logan, Wyndham Destinations Asia-Pacific
-Chris Waite, InterContinental Hotels Group
-Donna Parkin, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Fiji
-Fiona Cusumano, Pan Pacific Hotels Group Australia
-Gabriella Lizzo, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney, NSW
-Jessica Fornito, QT Hotels and Resorts
-Karena Noble, Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia
-Kelly Russell, Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
-Maryam Awang, Park Hyatt Sydney, NSW
-Natasha Granath, TFE Hotels
-Peter Hook, Schwartz Family Company
-Silky Bedi, Rydges Sydney Airport, NSW
-Stephen Howard, Ovolo Group
-Tara Bishop, The Langham Melbourne, VIC
-Yasmin Formica, Hilton Australasia

Front Office Associate
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

Finance Associate
Finalists:
-Barbara Liu, Pullman Sydney Airport, NSW
-Deepak Khandelwal, Mount Lofty House, MGallery by Sofitel, Adelaide Hills, SA
-Elise Zhou – The York by Swiss-Belhotel, Sydney, NSW
-Francis Silveira, NEXT Hotel Brisbane, QLD
-Jason Caetano, Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Jonathon Brown, Edgewater Resort, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
-Kurt Thomas, AccorHotels Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
-Leanne Roberton, Spicers Retreats, Australia
-Madeleine Clunie, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific
-Mohit Kumar, ibis Melbourne Hotel & Apartments, VIC
-Naveet Chand, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, NSW
-Pedro Porto, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Rajesh Maheshwari, Hyatt Regency Sydney, NSW
-Stephen Owen, Rydges Sydney Airport, NSW
-Steve Morgan, Mantra Group Corporate Office, Australia
-Steve Shin, Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
-Vinesh Shankar, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, New Zealand
-Walter Fernando, Pullman Melbourne on the Park, VIC
-Zacharie Moyon, Mercure Sydney International Airport, NSW

Revenue Management Associate
Finalists:
-Ainsley Baldwin, Resort Management by Wyndham, Australia
-Brendan Smith, RAVC Cape Schanck Resort & RACV Torquay Resort, VIC
-Caroline Larsson, Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne, VIC
-Chris James, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, New Zealand
-Dmitrii Shestakov, AccorHotels Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
-Felicity Danis, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Gillian O’Keeffe, Pullman Sydney Airport, NSW
-Greg Campbell, AccorHotels Queenstown Revenue Hub, New Zealand
-Heath Delfos, Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, NSW
-Jason Barber, Mantra Group Corporate Office, Australia
-Kate Walker, Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Kate Watt, The Star, Sydney NSW
-Lauren Sutherland, QT Canberra, ACT
-Marta Laguardia, Veriu Hotels & Suites, Australia
-Masha Gorodetsky, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, NSW
-Lisa Giokaris, ibis Sydney Airport, NSW
-Meagan Sor, Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
-Michelle Lee, Novotel Sydney Central, NSW
-Nikanor Danilov, Hyatt Regency Sydney, NSW
-Scott Griffin, Rydges Sydney Airport, NSW
-Simone Flower, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, QLD

Housekeeper
Finalists:
-Ann-Maree Knowles, Hotel Kurrajong, Barton, ACT
-Annette Bishop, Alcyone Hotel Residences, Brisbane, QLD
-Bihan Pathirana, ibis Swanston, Melbourne, VIC
-Bijay Maharjan, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Deborah Bullock, Crown Metropol Melbourne, VIC
-Desa Sukroo, The Olsen Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
-Devi Ashok, Peppers Waymouth, Adelaide, SA
-Dhiru Prasad, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, New Zealand
-Dinesh Awale, Felix by 8Hotels, Sydney, NSW
-Elizabeth Moenting, The William Inglis Hotel, Warwick Farm, NSW
-Jacqueline Dempsey, Ramada Resort Port Douglas, QLD
-Jason D’Eath, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, NSW
-Malkie Ratnayake, Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific, NSW
-Michael Smith, Mantra Charles Hotel, Launceston, TAS
-Miriam Cano-Smith, Harbourview North Sydney, NSW
-Ridrigo Nishihara da Silva, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, NSW
-Sneha Modi, Mantra St Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC
-Sunny Singh, Adina & Vibe Darwin Waterfront, NT
-Supada Gamnerdrat, Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Suranga Hewagamage, RACV Torquay Resort, VIC
-Yulli Kennedy, Ovolo Woolloomooloo, NSW

Hotel Engineer
Finalists:
-Andy Goonesekera, InterContinental Sydney, NSW
-Anura Yapa, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, NSW
-Art Abad, Mercure Penrith, NSW
-Chris Winter, QT Sydney, NSW
-Craig Sykes, Wyndham Hotel Melbourne, VIC
-Daniel Garden, AccorHotels Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
-Daphne Matangi, Rydges Capital Hill, ACT
-Lauren Hagen, Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, NSW
-Martin O’Connor, Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
-Michael Cook, Pullman Sydney Airport & ibis Sydney Airport, NSW
-Roger Andrada, Wyndham Sydney Suites, NSW
-Ron Peel, Atura Dandenong, VIC
-Ron Smith, Novotel & ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Soni Harjit, Mantra on Russell, Melbourne, VIC
-Warren Eggleston, Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel & Residences, QLD
-Wayne Adamson, Rydges Campbelltown, NSW

Rising Star
-Judging continues. Finalists to be announced on Monday, August 6-

MAJOR AWARDS – ALL COUNTRIES (AUSTRALIA, NZ & STH PACIFIC)

South Pacific General Manager
Finalists:
-Allan Carter, Wananavu Beach Resort, Fiji
-Andrew Davidson, IHG Fiji & Vanuatu hotels
-David Wells, Hilton Fiji Beach Resort & DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Fiji Sonaisali Island
-James McCann, Yasawa Island Resort and Spa, Fiji
-Marcus Niszow, Pacific Resort Hotel Group, Cook Islands
-Mark Leslie, VOMO Island Fiji
-Neeraj Chadha, Marriott International Fiji & Samoa hotels
-Peter Gee, Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva
-Peter Hopgood, Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, Coral Coast, Fiji (former hotel)
-Steve Anstey, Likuliku and Malolo Island Resorts, Fiji
-Steven Andrews, Castaway Island, Fiji
-Vincent Macquet, Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

New Zealand General Manager
Finalists:
-Brad Burnett, SKYCITY Auckland
-Franz Mascarenhas, The Langham, Auckland
-Hamad Kidwai, Hilton Queenstown Resort & DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown
-Jeremy Healy, Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour
-Jo Finnegan, Hotel St Moritz, Queenstown
-Kathy Guy, Chateau Tongariro Hotel & Wairakei Resort Taupō
-Mark Rose, The Rees Hotel, Queenstown
-Michael Patterson, Commodore Airport Hotel, Christchurch
-Paul Columbus, Novotel Auckland Airport
-Richard Bungeroth, Te Waonui Forest Retreat, Franz Josef Glacier
-Richard Rooney, Wharekauhau Country Estate, Palliser Bay
-Scott Hamilton, InterContinental Wellington

Australian General Manager
Finalists:
-Ajay Vaid, Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach, NSW
-Amrita Verma, Quest Dubbo, NSW
-Andrew Maynard, Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley, VIC
-Ben Mellor, Novotel Sydney Central, NSW
-Dean Newell, RACV Torquay Resort & RACV Cape Schanck Resort, VIC
-Erkin Aytekin, Pullman Melbourne on the Park, VIC
-Greg Brady, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, NSW
-Jesse Kornoff, Mount Lofty House MGallery by Sofitel, SA
-John Morris, RACV Resorts, Australia
-Lorraine Mercuri, Mercure Sydney International Airport, NSW
-Luke Saunder, Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre Marcoola Beach, QLD
-Matt Rippin, InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, QLD
-Natalie Bussenschutt, ibis Sydney Airport, NSW
-Nathan Cox, AccorHotels Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
-Riaz Mahmood, Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, NT
-Sandra Bellamy, The York Swiss Belhotel, Sydney, NSW

Environmental Program
Finalists:
-AccorHotels Australia
-Ayers Rock Resort, Yulara, NT
-Castaway Island, Fiji
-Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Lovedale, NSW
-Hilton Hotels Australasia
-Hyatt Regency Sydney, NSW
-Little National Hotel, Barton, ACT
-RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast, QLD
-Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
-SKYCITY Auckland, New Zealand
-Sudima Auckland Airport, New Zealand
-The Star, Sydney, NSW

Hotel Brand of the Year
-To be announced at the HM Awards on Friday, September 7-

Accommodation Chain of the Year
-To be announced at the HM Awards on Friday, September 7-

Australasian Hotel of the Year
-To be announced at the HM Awards on Friday, September 7-

HM Magazine Australasian Hotelier of the Year
-To be announced at the HM Awards on Friday, September 7-

HM Magazine Asia-Pacific Hotelier of the Year
-To be announced at the HM Awards on Friday, September 7-

The Ashley Spencer Service to the Industry Award
-To be announced at the HM Awards on Friday, September 7-

Hall of Fame 2018
-To be announced at the HM Awards on Friday, September 7-

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