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Manchester Hoteliers Association Awards winners announced

07 November 2014 by
Manchester Hoteliers Association Awards winners announced

Six winners have been named at the Manchester Hoteliers Association Awards 2014.

The awards, now in their eighth year, recognise those operating at the pinnacle of their game within the hospitality industry.

The winners, who were announced in front of more than 600 guests at a black tie ball at the Palace hotel, were:

Employee of the Year, New Star of the Year - Nicola Fletcher, reservations co-ordinator, Bolton Whites Hotel

Employee of the Year, Front of House - Ali Kirsan, business class lounge manager, Radisson BLU Hotel Manchester Airport

Employee of the Year, Back of House - Hassen Lakhel, maintenance supervisor, Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert

Employee of the Year, Green Passion - April McCaig, business centre manager, Palace Hotel

Employee of the Year, Outstanding Personal Contribution - Brett Pistorius, head pastry chef, Lowry Hotel

Howard Raynor Lifetime Achiever Award - Paul Costello, concierge, Mercure Manchester Piccadilly (winner); Sue Hough, executive head housekeeper, MacDonald Hotel & Spa (highly commended)

Tracy Waddacor, managing director at World Class Service and head judge on the panel said: "The Manchester hospitality scene is thriving and we can see from the calibre of individuals in the final that we have the creme de la creme in the industry."

A seventh award for Emerging New Talent was presented by Manchester College to recognise an industry rising star from among its students.
This year's winner was Georgia Makin who attained distinction in her level 1 course and has also represented the college in regional competitions, earning a gold medal.

The evening also saw more than £45,000 raised for industry charity, Hospitality Action.

In addition, Paul Bayliss, general manager of the MacDonald Hotel & Spa, was ushered in as the new MHA chairman, taking over from Stephen Miles, general manager of Radisson Blu Edwardian, Free Trade Hall and chairman of the MHA for the past 11 years.

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