August 15, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is now accepting entries for the 2014 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence. The Hall of Fame Awards program continues the Association's tradition of acknowledging the strong standards and values of those involved in and with the lodging industry.

The awards program proudly recognizes those individuals, companies or properties that have demonstrated significant accomplishments, exemplary leadership and tireless commitment to our industry in the following divisions:

The Humanitarian Award

Given for individuals/programs that demonstrate to residents that the individual property is responsive to the local community.

The Human Resources Award

Given for programs/individuals that develop a climate conducive to new and/or repeat business, create goodwill among guests, provide special services, reverse negative public relations situations or effectively solve guest complaints.

The Green Key Environment Award

Recognizes lodging properties that have developed a culture towards integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and the bottom line, while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations.

The Green Key Meetings Award

Recognizes facilities of all sizes (hotels, motels, resorts, convention centers, golf courses etc.) for their commitment to improving the environmental performance of their meetings and/or events operations as well as the well-being of their staff and guests.

Nominations are also open for the Stephen Phillips Passion for Hospitality Bursary. This bursary is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Phillips, former Vice-Chairman & CEO of AFM Hospitality Corporation Inc., who passed away from cancer in early 2007. The bursary will be awarded to the hospitality student who best represents the qualities that Stephen Phillips brought to the industry.

Access the Hall of Fame Awards nomination forms and view a list of past winners at http://hotelassociation.ca/site/news/Awards.asp

Deadline for submissions is October 23, 2014.

Awards will be presented on February 2-3, 2015 at the HAC Annual Conference in Toronto, Ontario

About the Hotel Association of Canada

The Hotel Association of Canada is the effective voice of the Canadian Hotel & Lodging industry. For over 100 years, it has worked to enhance the prosperity of the Canadian Hotel and Lodging Industry through strong member engagement, effective advocacy, and the provision of value added programs and services. The Hotel Association represents more than 8,500 hotels, motels and resorts that encompass the $17.6 billion Canadian hotel industry which employs 290,000 people across Canada. www.hotelassociation.ca.

Contact: Linda Hartwell - Director - Marketing, Communications & Business Development

hartwell@hotelassociation.ca / (613) 237-7149 x 103

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