It's always a shame to be pipped to the post for an award, but, as Peter Hancock says, the real reward is the heightened standard across the industry
Winning an award, especially in full view of a large gathering of one's peers, can be a truly exhilarating experience. At the risk of boasting shamelessly, it happened to me recently when the Institute of Hospitality very kindly presented their ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry' award to your aged correspondent. And, of course, we all congratulate this year's splendid batch of Catey winners, whose identity was still a closely guarded secret at the time of writing this piece.
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