I have known about Stelliers (previously, The Hotelier Awards) for many years. Several of my friends and colleagues have applied to the platform and some have even won! For example, my friend, Carlos Perez Hernandez, took home the Marketing & Communications Hotelier of the Year 2016.
Most importantly, Stelliers has a prestige and professional image in the market. For many years, the platform has been the pioneer awards organisation that offers an opportunity for hoteliers on different levels to be seen and recognised. It does not matter who you are or where you used to work, Stelliers provides a stage for everyone to share their learnings and stories in the hospitality business.
As a hotelier who has worked in the industry for more than 12 years, I wanted to apply for the competition and utilise the opportunity to share my learnings, successes and failures. Therefore, when applications opened in 2018, I immediately applied without hesitation.
Hotel Sanya Hongsha; and Mr. Arno Nicolussi Moretto, my direct superior and Cluster General Manager.
I reached out to Ms. Amber Huang because she could testify to my management and leadership skills. She joined my team as a MarCom Coordinator in 2017 and worked with me for two years. Throughout our time together, I would often challenge her thinking, pushing her to grow, dig deeper and consider the implications of her decisions.
Ms. Mickey Sun, who also began as my MarCom Coordinator, has worked with me for over six years. Currently, she is a professional and head of department in one of our key properties. I reached out to her because I believed that she knew me well, from my abilities to my achievements.
I worked with Mr. Arno Nicolussi Moretto for more than 6 years. He is a great coach and has guided me to where I am today. I was keen to approach him because he is someone who sees not only my past, but also my future.
I would suggest including as many stories as possible in your application so that the judges get to know you. Additionally, do not be afraid to go a little “crazy” and think outside the box because the hotel industry can be a fun and creative place. Feel free to share those unique moments!
In terms of individuals who have inspired me, I would say that Mr. Arno Nicolussi Moretto, my boss, mentor and friend, has influenced me a lot.
During the past 6 years, we worked together through tears and laughter. He truly valued my development and gave me numerous opportunities to grow as an individual. I would not be who I am today without him!
Each time when I would face difficulties or challenges in my professional or personal life, Arno would tell me to trust myself and not to be afraid of doing the “wrong” thing. With his guidance and encouragement, I am now an independent, strong and fearless hotelier. I make decisions and I hold myself accountable for my choices.