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The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) Names Winners
of the Annual Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards

Jonathan Plutzik, Principal Owner and Chairman, The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach,
Florida Named Boutique & Lifestyle Hotelier of the Year


Los Angeles, CA (September 18, 2012) – The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) announced the winners at the third annual Boutique & Lifestyle Hospitality Awards which were held during the HD Boutique Show in Miami, FL. Properties from around the world had the opportunity to compete in six categories including three overall winning Awards for Boutique Hotel of the Year 2012, Lifestyle Hotel of the Year 2012 and Boutique & Lifestyle Hotelier of the Year 2012.

Following are the WINNERS:

BOUTIQUE HOTEL OF THE YEAR: 1st Place and WINNER of the 2012 Boutique Hotel of the Year Award is: The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, FL, USA.

LIFESTYLE HOTEL OF THE YEAR: 1st Place and WINNER of the 2012 Lifestyle Hotel of the Year Award is: The Sorella Hotel, Houston, TX, USA.

BOUTIQUE & LIFESTYLE HOTELIER OF THE YEAR: 1st Place and WINNER of the 2012 Boutique & Lifestyle Hotelier of the Year Award is: Jonathan Plutzik, Principal owner and Chairman, The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, FL, USA.


BLLA Hospitality Awards 2012
The Betsy Hotel executive team accepts the Award for BLLA Boutique Hotel of the Year 2012


The Awards were presented on the second day of the HD Boutique Trade Show & Conference during a luncheon ceremony which included a panel discussion of executives including Arash Azarbarzin from sbe Hotels/SLS, Brendan McNamara from Hampshire Hotels/Dream/Night and Richard Millard from Trust Hospitality/Indie Boutique Hotels. The panel moderators were Frances Kiradjian, Founder and Chair of the BLLA and Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, Executive Editor of Hospitality Design Magazine. A gourmet lunch, prepared by Chef Barnett and team from the Miami Beach Convention Center, was served and all guests received a gift from Concept Amenities and a chance to win prizes donated by luncheon Sponsors Brookstone and Leaders Casual Furniture. Panel seating was arranged by PolArt. Additionally, BLLA Pavilion participants also sponsored the luncheon including Shadescapes Americas, Bontempi and Sifas.

"The Awards celebrated some of the best-of-the-best in the boutique/lifestyle sector", stated Frances Kiradjian, Founder & Chair of BLLA. "These properties and individual hotelier, who made it to the top of the list, will be promoting their awards for the next 12 months in recognition of their achievements."

Produced by the Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA), the awards have become the universal benchmark for recognition of quality among the boutique and lifestyle lodging industry and were the first among many hospitality awards worldwide that were dedicated exclusively to the boutique and lifestyle hospitality industry sector. The Awards present opportunities for properties to be recognized for achieving both individual category as well as overall success within a number of important and equally weighted categories. Individual hoteliers also have an equal opportunity to present their case of why they should be crowned as the BLLA Hotel Executive of the Year."

About The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA)

The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) is the first and only association dedicated to uniting the world's boutique and lifestyle hotels for the benefit of properties and suppliers as well as travelers. Created to be the unifying voice of this distinctive subset within the hospitality industry. BLLA's goal is to unite the world's collection of boutique & lifestyle properties and the suppliers that sustain them, offering them the opportunity to successfully compete on a level playing field with major hotel companies, as well as market themselves to meet the ever-increasing demand from discerning boutique-seeking clients. BLLA's Inaugural International Leadership Symposium is slated for October 22-24, 2012. The conference website is http://www.boutiqueleadershipconference.com. For more information or to become a member visit http://www.blla.org.

Association corporate sponsors include Restoration Hardware, Greenberg Traurig, Vizergy, Cvent and Hsyndicate.
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Contact: 

Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association
Frances Kiradjian, 818-883-4363
frances@blla.org
 

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