HR in Hospitality 2020 Awards Paused

By Steve Williams

HR in Hospitality 2020 Awards Paused

To our wonderful HR in Hospitality Community,

I hope you; your families and teams are all keeping safe and well and managing through this truly difficult crisis. It is with regret that I am writing this open letter to you all regarding the postponement of our amazing Annual Awards ball that was due to be held at the end of September this year.

The disruption caused by Covid-19 has been unprecedented and hit our industry particularly hard with the majority of hotels, restaurants and bars fully closed. Many of you have put your teams on furlough or have been working from home and we are still uncertain about what the next normal will mean for us once this crisis passes. Many of you are now starting to focus on getting ready to re-open and being as prepared as you can be.

Therefore, with a heavy heart we have decided we will not be opening invitations for entry this year or hold our annual award ceremony, everyone’s safety is at the forefront of our minds. We know having over 200 of you sitting closely together to eat, celebrate, hugging, kissing and dancing is likely to be impossible for some time to come, so we will simply move the annual awards celebration to 2021 and make it a great one to remember.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer socially distant online events, webinars and stories of interest to our members, sharing insights and blogs for ideas from other thought leaders in our sector. We have some great webinars planned for June and July and event details will be shared with you, our community and on our website. We will continue with our calendar of learning and insight events for this year albeit virtual and as soon as we are able and it is safe to do so for everyone, we will arrange more social networking events where we can be together.

We hope to kick start 2021 with an even bigger post-Christmas event to look forward to, one where we can reflect, celebrate and also recognise individual and teams who have done some great things during this Covid-19 crisis.

Esther O’Halloran
Chair
HR in Hospitality