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Winners of Receptionist of the Year

12 April 2013

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Derry-Londonderry was the scene of much celebration as receptionists from throughout Northern Ireland gathered for this year’s Hotel Receptionist of the Year gala awards ceremony.

The winner of the title of Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year 2013 was Alex Sykes of the Hilton Belfast with runners-up, Chiree Bowen and Bronach Moore from the host city’s Tower Hotel. The competition had its first male winner, Micheal Farrell of the Merchant Hotel, who was awarded the title of the Most Promising Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year supported by Avvio. The team category, sponsored by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, went to the Clandeboye Lodge Hotel in Bangor.

The 2013 competition had an extra dimension with a special category for Derry-Londonderry hotels in the form of a culture champion award supported by Derry City Council.

The winner of the title of Culture Champion was the Best Western White Horse Hotel who were recognised for their commitment through a significant investment programme as well as an informed understanding of the opportunities within the culture programme.  Staff involvement and training were also acknowledged as a fundamental element of their champion-worthy entry.

UTV’s Marc Mallet compered proceedings at the awards dinner, which was held in the City Hotel Derry on Wednesday 10th April 2013. Culture Champion Sponsors, Derry City Council joined with category supporters Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Avvio in an evening celebrating the excellence of Northern Ireland’s reception staff.

Winners 2013

Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year sponsored by NIHF

Winner: Alex Sykes, Hilton Belfast
Joint Runners-up: Bronach Moore & Chiree Bowen, Tower Hotel

Most Promising Hotel & Guesthouse Receptionist of the Year sponsored by Avvio

Winner: Micheal Farrell, The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
Runner-up: Sian Murray, Culloden Estate & Spa
Recognising those in the role for less than one year.

Hotel & Guesthouse Reception of the Year sponsored by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board

Winner: Clandeboye Lodge Hotel
Runner-up: Bushmills Inn Hotel
Third Place: Culloden Estate & Spa
Recognising the achievements of the whole reception team.  

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