HMG Announces Hospitality Industry Awards Ceremony, HX: The Awards To Debut In November

HX 2018 HX: The Awards

Hospitality Media Group (HMG) has announced that its new hospitality industry awards program, HX: The Awards, will kick-off HX: The Hotel Experience this November in New York City.

HX 2018The awards program is part of the new HX branding and growth strategy initiatives implemented by HMG earlier this year to expand HX to a B2B media brand for hotel and restaurant professionals. The awards ceremony will bring together the best and brightest in the Hospitality industry and will recognize and honor the movers and shakers of 2018.

“HX: The Awards brings together the best and brightest in the industry and will recognize and honor the true movers and shakers of 2018,” said Tedd Swormstedt, CEO of HMG.  “It’s important to HMG and the HX brand to recognize people that are pushing the hospitality industry forward,” Swormstedt added.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, from 6pm-8pm at The Intercontinental Time Square Hotel in New York. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased at the HX website.

HX: The Awards will be presented in the following categories:


HX: The Awards – Best Hotel F&B Concept

Category – Food & Beverage

Sub-Category – Operational Excellence

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Type of Award – Organization

Description – For an integrated guest dining experience

Criteria – Recognizes an F&B outlet that complements the property they are located in and showcases creativity and outstanding guest experience through operational excellence.  Exceptional food, environment, and service create the trifecta of a top-notch, integrated dining experience.


HX: The Awards – Hotel of the Year

Category – Hotel, Resorts, Casinos

Sub-Category – Operational Excellence

Type of Award – Organization

Description – For overall results/performance this year

Criteria – No stone is left unturned.  The Hotel of the Year recognizes a property that delivers guest excellence, take opportunities to use technology to enhance the guest experience and hotel operation, while being true to their mission, always remembering this is a “people” business.  The hotel has embraced sustainable efforts and/or is taking steps to implement sustainable measures to better their operation and the greater good.


HX: The Awards – General Manager of the Year

Category – Leadership

Sub-Category – Special Achievement

Type of Award – Individual

Description – For overall leadership and business performance this year

Criteria – Presented to a GM who has provided exceptional leadership to both their hotel team as well as ownership.  This individual is not afraid to try new things and reimagine the possibilities to stay at the forefront of guest needs and satisfaction.


HX: The Awards – Next Gen Leader

Category – Leadership

Sub-Category – Young Leaders

Type of Award – Individual

Description – For a young professional making a difference

Criteria – This award will recognize an individual with a great story to tell.  They are thinking differently to contribute positively to the hospitality industry and consistently asking “why” and “why not” so they can ultimately make a positive difference, spark a conversation and help inspire others within the industry to achieve excellence and reimagine what’s next. Ideally, this award will be presented to an individual who has been in the industry for at least 5 years and less than 30 years old.


HX: The Awards – Outstanding Woman in Hospitality Leadership Award

Category – Leadership

Sub-Category – Women in Leadership

Type of Award – Individual

Description – For a woman in an industry leadership role

Criteria – Has demonstrated invaluable contributions to the industry and their community at large – mentoring others and taking every opportunity to advance themselves and their organizations for the benefit of the industry and the women around them.


For more information please visit the website at www.thehotelexperience.com where you can purchase tickets or make a nomination. HX: The Hotel Experience will return to the Javits Center in New York City, November 11-12, 2018.


HX, a community for hotel and restaurant professionals, offers unparalleled access to market-leading operators and suppliers, who are committed to sharing education, solutions, creativity, and innovation in order to deliver an extraordinary guest experience and improved community profitability. HX was acquired by HMG in November 2017 from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC), and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association (NYSHTA).

HMG is a privately held company serving the global hospitality and related industries and specializing in trade fairs, conferences and event management and development. Events in the HMG portfolio include: Boutique Design New York (BDNY); Boutique Design West (BDwest); HX: The Hotel Experience; Boutique Design Forums; Boutique 18; Senior Lifestyle Design Match; and the prestigious Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design.