KELOWNA, B.C. — The BC Hotel Association has announced the finalists for the prestigious 2023 Awards of Excellence. The winners of these coveted awards will be celebrated in style during the Summit Spring Fling on the evening of May 2, 2023 as part of the 2023 BCHA Summit taking place May 1-2 at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort.

Following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the BCHA Summit will feature keynote speeches, workshops, panel discussions, a Welcome Reception at Kelowna hotspot BNA Brewing, the Summit Spring Fling and a Vendor Marketplace showcasing nearly 50 vendors.

The finalists for the 2023 BC Hotel Association Awards of Excellence are as follows:

Hotelier of the Year, sponsored by Encore Canada

  • Estreya Gosalbez, general manager, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Cyrus Merchant, regional director, Sandman Hotel Group
  • Trina White, general manager, The Parkside Hotel & Spa
  • Sarah Vallely, general manager, OPUS Vancouver
  • Sarah Webb, general manager, Oswego Hotel

Housekeeping Award, sponsored by Integral Services Group

  • Coast Prince George by APA
  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Hotel Zed Kelowna
  • Sandman Suites Vancouver – Davie Street
  • The Parkside Hotel & Spa

Hotel of the Year, sponsored by ADA Cosmetics

  • Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa
  • Oswego Hotel
  • The Parkside Hotel & Spa
  • Robin Hood Inn & Suites
  • Versante Hotel

Supplier of the Year Award

  • Bichin Laundry Equipment
  • Haddon Equipment & Supplies
  • SONA

Recruitment Award, sponsored by WorkSafeBC

  • Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
  • Accent Inns Inc.

Leader of the Future, sponsored by FortisBC

  • Anna McAlary, treatment manager, Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Pacific Rim
  • Pink Yu, director of Operations and Marketing, Robin Hood Inn & Suites

Heart of Hospitality Award, sponsored by Pomeroy Lodging

  • Kunal Dighe, executive chef, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
  • Richard Benson, executive chef, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa

“We are honoured to acknowledge the exceptional nominees of the 2023 BCHA Awards of Excellence,” says Ingrid Jarrett, president and CEO of the BCHA. “Their outstanding accomplishments have not only elevated the standard for the provincial accommodation sector but have showcased the remarkable strength and talent of our industry. We are eagerly awaiting the return of the BCHA Summit, where we can celebrate these nominees’ unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and the overall advancement of our remarkable industry.”


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