BCHA Awards Finalists Revealed


The finalists for the prestigious 2023 BC Hotel Association (BCHA) Awards of Excellence have been announced. The winners of these coveted awards will be celebrated during the Summit Spring Fling on May 2, 2023 as part of the 2023 BCHA Summit, taking place May 1-2, 2023, at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort.

The two-day Summit is an industry event that brings together the most influential figures in British Columbia’s accommodation sector, providing delegates with an opportunity to network, hear from leading industry speakers, and gain tactical skills and knowledge. Following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the BCHA Summit is back and 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.

“We are honoured to acknowledge the exceptional nominees of the 2023 BCHA Awards of Excellence,” said 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.”

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

Hotelier of the Year 
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 
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 
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

Recruitment Award 
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
Accent Inns Inc

Leader of the Future
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 
Kunal Dighe, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Parq Vancouver
Richard Benson, Executive Chef, Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa


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