Entering and judging processes

Key dates

Nominations open: Monday May 2, 2016
Nominations close: Friday June 29, 2016
Finalists announced: Friday July 29, 2016
HM Awards 2016 Gala Presentation Dinner: Friday September 2, 2016

The entry process

Entries for the 2016 HM Awards are open to people who work in the hotel industry in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. The nominations are available online where the relevant details must be completed.

For PROPERTY and DEPARTMENTAL categories: The name and address has to be completed, while up to 500 words are able to be submitted (outlining major achievements over the last 12 months and why it is believed the individual should win the specific category). Optional: a YouTube video is also able to be submitted with the nomination again this year, with a maximum length of 5 minutes.

Specifically within the PROPERTY and DEPARTMENTAL categories:
-For the NEW HOTEL category: The property must have opened between July 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016, to be considered.
-For the HOTEL BAR category: A current menu of the food and drink offerings (including cocktail lists) must be attached with the nomination.
-For the HOTEL RESTAURANT category: A current menu of the food and drink offerings (including wine and cocktail lists) must be attached with the nomination.
-For the DAY SPA category:  A current menu of the treatments on offer must be attached with the nomination.

For PEOPLE categories: The name and address has to be completed, while up to 500 words are able to be submitted (outlining major achievements over the last 12 months and it is believed the individual should win the specific category).  Optional: a YouTube video is also able to be submitted with the nomination again this year, with a maximum length of 5 minutes.

For RISING STAR of Year: This award recognises an associate under the age of 30 who has achieved significant milestones in the hotel industry. The name and address has to be completed, while up to 500 words are able to be submitted (outlining major achievements over the last 12 months and why you believe a rising star should win the specific category). Optional: a YouTube video is also able to be submitted with the nomination this year, with a maximum length of 5 minutes.

For MAJOR awards: The name and address must be completed, while up to 500 words is able to be submitted (outlining major achievements over the last 12 months and why you believe the person/department should win the specific category). Optional: a YouTube video is also able to be submitted with the nomination again this year, with a maximum length of 5 minutes.

For the HOTEL BRAND, CHAIN, HOTEL, AUSTRALASIAN HOTELIER and ASIA-PACIFIC HOTELIER: these are not open for submissions and are decided on by Regional CEOs (as per the judging process since 2007).

The judging process

-Once the nominations for categories 1-24 (General Awards) are closed, the judging panel – made up of over 20 leading travel writers, industry consultants, association heads and selected leading suppliers – will then decide the finalists and subsequently the winners and highly commended recipients. The judging panel will be sent a list of every property nominated in those categories. Written submissions for each category will be taken into consideration and voting will be based on a 3-2-1 points system (3 points for first, 2 points for second and 1 point for third). The judging panel will also be asked to nominate their leading hotels in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific on a 3-2-1 points basis (for category 44). The judging panel will be asked to leave any category blank where they did not feel they knew enough about the nominations in that category.

-Categories 25-41 (General, People and selected Major Awards) will be judged by HM magazine Editor James Wilkinson and several senior hotel industry consultants. Judging for these categories will be based on the 500-word submission (and optional YouTube video) to accompanied each entry and the decision on the winner and highly commended recipient will need to be unanimous.

-Categories 42-46 (Major Awards – Brand, Chain, Hotel, Australasian Hotelier and Asia-Pacific Hotelier) will be decided entirely by over 12 leading CEOs and Managing Directors across Australia, New Zealand and Asia-Pacific. They will be asked to nominate on a 3-2-1 points basis (not including themselves, their staff or properties in their own chain).

-All judges and judging decisions will remain anonymous (the results have been audited by EY [Ernst&Young] since 2008).