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To be eligible for the Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year award, applicants should:

  • Be able to demonstrate excellence in their role within the hospitality and tourism industry (travel and event providers/services, attractions, accommodation, venues, clubs (excluding sporting clubs), and restaurants/cafes).

As part of the application process, applicants are required to answer four equally weighted questions that refer to achievements in the last 12 months.

Applicants also need to answer the following two questions:

  • What were your key objectives and how have you achieved them?
  • Why should you win this award?

Hospitality and Tourism Executive of the Year – Finalists

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David Assef

Managing Director

Spicers Retreats

To drive greater visitation to Australia by showcasing flora & fauna, to create a sense of place through experiential luxury.


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Karen Bolinger


Melbourne Convention Bureau

Leading Melbourne to become the premier meeting & conference destination.


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Karin Sheppard

COO – Australasia and Japan


Identify & shape your talent pipeline, laying the foundations to have staff ready to take on higher duties when the time requires it.


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Simon McGrath

COO – Pacific region


Great customer service & people are at the heart of the hospitality experience.