This is Macau’s moment. Last night, Friday 15th December 2023, Parisian Macao hosted the tenth annual Stelliers gala uniquely honouring Greater China hotel professionals chosen by industry savants.
There were well over 500 at the gala. Stelliers’ co-founder Stéphane de Montgros was joined at the top table by Stelliers director Simon Hansson Yu and the judges:
Rainer Burkle, former AVP Luxury Greater China, Marriott
Michelle Garnaut, founding CEO M Restaurant Group
Kitty Huang, Greater China, Oracle
Shawn Ong, Editor-in-chief Conde Nast Traveler China
Kevin Tan, VP and GM CITS American Express Global Business Travel.
GM of the year -Richard Langonné, Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, Beijing
Concierge hotelier of the year – Jade Lok, The Parisian Macao
Housekeeping hotelier of the year – Christine Liu, MGM China
Revenue hotelier of the year – Liu, Willow Lai, Niccolo Chengdu
Marketing and communications hotelier of the year – Stella Wong, The Temple House Chengdu
Human resources hotelier of the year – Wendy Yu, MGM China
Green & CSR hotelier of the year – Richard Ekkebus (above), Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Front office hotelier of the year – Jordan Yu, The Ritz-Carlton Tianjin
Hygiene & food safety hotelier of the year – Wanting, Vanesa Huang, Marco Polo Lingnan Tiandi Foshan
Sales hotelier of the year – Sammy King, W Hong Kong
Unsung hero of the year – Kim Ching Ma, Galaxy (Raffles) Macao wardrobe designer
Sommelier & mixologist of the year – Daniel Valencia, Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
Wellness & spa hotelier of the year – Alice Lau, The Ritz-Carlton Macau
Food & beverage hotelier of the year – Candy Chen, The Parisian Macao
Information technology hotelier of the year – Winnie Ho, MGM China
Corporate hotelier of the year – Yong Tang, JinMao Corporate
Hotel/resident manager of the year – Anas Bencheqroun, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong
Chef of the year – Ugo Rinaldo, The Puli Shanghai
Engineering hotelier of the year – Jack Jian Feng Li, Universal Beijing
Owner representative of the year – Joann Tung, InterContinental Chongqing Raffles City
Finance hotelier of the year – Doreen Deng, JW Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an.
In 2024, says Stelliers director Simon Hansson Yu, there will a second, complementary selection, covering all south-east Asia with the exception of Greater China. He has to organise, therefore, two sets of judges. Will he be able to rely on existing sponsors expanding to a second judging? The 2023 Gold sponsors were Evian, introducing its new sparkling water, and Nespresso, with considerable support from MHD Moet Hennessy Diageo and GHC Asia. It must be mentioned, incidentally, that after a prolonged cocktail – Moët and open bar – The Parisian provided a beautiful four-course banquet, with Cloudy Bay and Terrazas de los Andes wines and perfectly-timed service. At 10.30 many proceeded to an after-party.