After a year that can at best be described as eventful, were looking forward to celebrating the great and good of the region’s hotel industry at the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2020.
The glittering awards ceremony (and party) will be held at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in Business Bay on Tuesday, November 24, after being pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It will look and feel a little different as we adhere to all the social distancing and health and safety rules designed to keep us all safe, but one thing’s for sure, it will still be filled with talented individuals and teams who have worked harder than ever to create memorable experiences for their guests. And there’s a 1980s theme, so at least we can all let our poodle-permed hair down on the night to some cheesy sounds.
By the time you read this, the nominations have all been submitted and the shortlists drawn up, and these nine experts will be working their way through the lists to determine who should be winners on the night.
Meet the judges below.
The founder of Evolvin’ Women, a social enterprise that helps organisations to achieve a greater level of diversity and inclusion through socially responsible initiatives. Assia Riccio is a hospitality professional who brings more than a decade of experience working within top hotel groups, developing talent, sourcing and management models. She has been recognised as one of the GCC’s Women Leaders of 2017 and received the Women in Leadership Award from CMO ASIA and the Women Super Achiever Awards at the World HRD Congress 2018.
Hala Matar Choufany
The president for HVS Middle East, Africa & South Asia and managing partner of HVS Dubai, Hala Choufany is an experienced managing partner and hospitality advisor. Skilled in contract negotiation, feasibility studies, development recommendation, valuation, asset management and strategic advisory she has advised on more than 2,500 hospitality and mixed-use projects in the last 15 years across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Asia.
Choufany has in-depth expertise in regional hotel markets and a broad exposure to international markets and maintains excellent contacts with developers, owners, operators, investment institutions and government entities.
Choufany is a board member of Harvard Business School Club of the GCC.
Founder of NANOU Destination & Hotel Marketing, a full destination and hotel representation company, Nadège Noblet a highly experienced hospitality, travel and tourism expert and industry insider.
Noblet has been working in senior management positions in the Middle East for more than two decades.
Her industry track record includes involvement in major organisations such as Le Méridien, IHG, Hyatt Regency, Emirates Hotels & Resorts, HMH and Reed Travel Exhibitions where she was exhibition manager for Arabian Travel Market (ATM).
She says: “I am delighted to be part of the judging panel of the 16th edition of the Hotelier Middle East Awards. I look forward to working closely with the other judges and the ITP team on this incredible event.”