Hotelier of the World awards

Hotelier of the World awards

Always the highlight of my business calendar year after year, on November 15 at the New York Palace, HOTELS presented its 30th annual Hotelier of the World awards to P.R.S. “Biki” Oberoi of Oberoi Hotels in Delhi and Stephen Bartolin, Jr. of The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

A couple hundred of our closest friends gathered for the formal ceremony, which was followed by a lavish cocktail buffet.

Each of the winners reminisced about the highs and lows that brought them to this moment. Both Mr. Bartolin and Mr. Oberoi were long on humility and gratitude, giving most of the credit to their teams and families, and promising never to lose sight of what is most important about their chosen crafts — service excellence.

Here are some photos from the event to give you a glimpse inside this wonderful evening.

Steve Bartolin (l.) greets Biki Oberoi before the Hotelier of the World awards.

Bill Pitt (l.), Bartolin’s early mentor at The Greenbrier, along with Opryland legend and former Bartolin boss Jack Vaughn, who won this award in the 1980s.

Bartolin posing with New York Palace GM Ed Mady (l.) and New York hotel association leader Joe Spinato (r.).

Designer Adam Tihany and wife Marnie congratulate Biki Oberoi.

Another former Hotelier of the World award winner Ted Kleisner, now CEO of the Hershey Resort, greets Biki Oberoi just after the formal presentation.

American Hotel & Lodging Association Chairman Joe McInerney congratulates Bartolin as the crowd gathers for the Hotelier of the World awards.

Steve Bartolin accepts the Hotelier of the World award from HOTELS’ Editor in Chief Jeff Weinstein.

Bartolin entertains the crowd with great stories from his hotel career that took him to The Greenbrier twice, as well as Opryland and The Broadmoor.

Biki Oberoi accepts the 2010 Corporate Hotelier of the World award.

Oberoi enjoys a happy moment during his acceptance speech.

Cintas was this year’s event sponsor. HOTELS’ Publisher Dan Hogan (l.) and Cintas’ Dan Ambrosio pose with models showing off some of the latest Cintas arrivals.

Among guests enjoying the cocktail party (l. to r.) Magali Houdre; former award winner and GM of the InterContinental, The Barkley, Herve Houdre; hotelier Fred Peelen; and HOTELS’ Editor in Chief Jeff Weinstein.