Radisson Hotel Group Americas recognizes its hotels and managers
The awards ceremony was held virtually due to the pandemic
The event was open for all members of the corporate and hotel team to see and participate in the celebration. The ceremony included virtual participation and congratulations from Chip Rogers, President and CEO of AHLA - American Hotel & Lodging Association -, and Biran Patel, President of AAHOA - Asian American Hotel Owners Association -. During the March 24 event, Radisson Hotel Group Americas leaders presented more than 50 awards to the best and brightest hotels and partners in the system. Categories included New Hotel of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Developer of the Year, General Manager of the Year, and Employee of the Year. In addition to being commended for their efforts, the winners of the coveted Employee of the Year award took home one million Radisson Rewards points among other great gifts.
“Recognizing and honoring hotel owners and team members is extremely important to Radisson Hotel Group Americas. These people are the ones who make the difference in the lives of their guests and are the heart of their community, ”said Jim Alderman, CEO of Radisson Hotel Group Americas. Recognized individuals have shown the world the true meaning of hospitality and what royal fortress looks like in uncertain times. After reading hundreds of award nominations, I was truly inspired and remembered how wonderful human beings can be when called to selflessly help their friends and their community. "
With so many team members and hotel owners going out of their way over the past year to help those in need, Radisson Hotel Group Americas added four new Responsible Business awards to the ceremony to recognize exceptional heroes. The RHG Americas Hero Award, sponsored by the American Red Cross, was presented to the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo Center. The hotel organized 10 blood donation drives in 10 months and collected enough blood to save up to 1,600 lives. Sara Sensabaugh, General Manager of the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Lexington, Virginia, was also recognized with an RHG Americas Hero Award. Sensabaugh played an integral role in helping a homeless citizen rebuild his life and pursue the career of his dreams. The winner of the First Responder award was the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport for welcoming 150 nurses and entertaining them with gifts, meals and a warm home away from home during their stay. The Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel was recognized with the Youth Support Award for the donation of accommodation for doctors and communicators who attended the annual event of the Teletón Foundation. This television event raises money and raises awareness to help children with neurological and musculoskeletal disabilities. Lastly, the Fight Hunger Award was presented to the Radisson Hotel Kitchener Waterloo, for its assistance to a local non-profit shelter for people in need of assistance with housing, health care, mental health and social work.
During the award ceremony, the excellent providers of Radisson Hotel Group Americas were also recognized. Both Kimball and Klem were awarded Suppliers of the Year for their responsiveness, service, value and solutions during the most challenging year on record for the hospitality industry. The Responsible Business Provider Award went to Sysco Corporation for partnering with more than 900 community organizations around the world to package and deliver a total of 30 million meals in the fight against hunger. Mark Abramovitz was honored with the Supplier Representative of the Year Award for providing alternative solutions for key supplies related to high demand COVID-19, ship multiple orders at no cost to hotels and reduce margins knowing that industry budgets were tight. Finally, the Small Business Provider of the Year award winner was Supply Logic for working tirelessly to help the company successfully implement the Radisson Hotels Americas security protocol. Additionally, the generosity of EcoLab, HD Supply, Guest Supply, Manchester Mills, Cintas, Charter, Serta Simmons, Artline, Supply Logic, and Cuisinart played a key role in making this virtual awards ceremony a reality.
Radisson Hotel Group Americas plans to celebrate in person with hotel owners and team members next year during the Americas Business Conference. The Radisson Hotel Group Americas Business Conference will take place February 21-24, 2022 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.