Finalists for BCHA Awards of Excellence announced

Finalists for the 2023 BC Hotel Association Awards of Excellence have been announced, the award presentations will take place May 2nd from 6 pm – 11 pm during the Summit Spring Fling—an evening of music, comedy, dancing, and Okanagan-driven food and wine.

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Seven awards will be delivered that will recognize exceptional individuals and teams across the province who are leading the global standard of industry excellence.

The following categories will be recognized:

  • Housekeeping Excellence
  • Recruitment Award
  • Hotelier of the Year
  • People’s Choice | Hotel or Accommodation of the Year
  • Leader of the Future
  • Supplier of the Year
  • Heart of Hospitality | Culinary Excellence

This year’s finalists are as follows:

Hotelier of the Year | Sponsored by Encore Canada

  • Estreya Gosalbez, General Manager, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Cyrus Merchant, Regional Director, Sandman Hotel Group
  • Trina White, General Manager, The Parkside Hotel & Spa
  • Sarah Vallely, General Manager, OPUS Vancouver
  • Sarah Webb, General Manager, Oswego Hotel

Housekeeping Award | Sponsored by Integral Services Group

  • Coast Prince George by APA
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Hotel Zed Kelowna
  • Sandman Suites Vancouver - Davie Street
  • The Parkside Hotel & Spa
  • Versante Hotel

Hotel of the Year | Sponsored by ADA Cosmetics

  • Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa
  • Oswego Hotel
  • The Parkside Hotel & Spa
  • Robin Hood Inn & Suites
  • Versante Hotel

Supplier of the Year Award

  • Bichin Laundry Equipment
  • Haddon Equipment & Supplies
  • SONA

Recruitment Award | Sponsored by WorkSafeBC

  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Accent Inns Inc

Leader of the Future | Sponsored by FortisBC

  • Anna McAlary, Treatment Manager, Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Pink Yu, Director of Operations and Marketing, Robin Hood Inn & Suites

Heart of Hospitality Award | Sponsored by Pomeroy Lodging

  • Kunal Dighe, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
  • Richard Benson, Executive Chef, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

"We are honoured to acknowledge the exceptional nominees of the 2023 BCHA Awards of Excellence," said Ingrid Jarrett, president and CEO of the BCHA. "Their outstanding accomplishments have not only elevated the standard for the provincial accommodation sector but have showcased the remarkable strength and talent of our industry. We are eagerly awaiting the return of the BCHA Summit, where we can celebrate these nominees' unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and the overall advancement of our remarkable industry."

The BCHA Summit returns after a two-year hiatus.

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