Starwood Asia Pacific Divisional Awards Gala Dinner 2014 Bedazzles All

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The opening act - Water Drummers.A beautifully set up dinner by the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel. One of the performing acts of the night.'Oscar style' Awards Film Roll.One of the Divisional Awards' winner giving his Thank You speech.Closing appreciation of the Culinary and Banquet associates, who made the event possible.

The prestigious Starwood Asia Pacific Divisional Awards Gala Dinner 2014 was recently held at Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok, on September 4th.  Themed ‘The Red Carpet’, the night of glitz and glamour was on par with that of the Oscars award ceremony.

 As our Divisional Leaders and award winners took to the red carpet in style, a crowd of hired ‘paparazzi’ and photographers swarmed around them. The frenzy was further elevated when “bodyguards” escorted our award winners into the grand event ballroom. We even witnessed the making of a ‘Starwood Selfie’ of our Starwood Asia Pacific leaders.

Guests were treated to the opening act – Water Drummers, who brought the house down and dazzled the guests in their glow-in the dark neon outfits. Following their performance, Starwood Asia Pacific President, Stephen Ho took to the stage and gave a rousing opening address.

The night continued with the presentation of Divisional Awards for Best performance in various categories. Our divisional leadership team took on the role of presenters for the night, as they introduced each award category and presented the trophies to the winners.

A special Awards film roll was played ‘Oscar style’ with the necessary drum roll, before they revealed the winner of each award. GMs and representatives from each hotel came on stage to collect their trophies and certificates, and were given 1 minute each to deliver their thank you speeches. Unsurprisingly, each award recipient was eager and enthusiastic about their win, and many of them exceeded their alloted minute, pleading for “more time!” amidst much laughter and smiles.

The presentation ceremony was an emotional one, with some winners and audience tearing up as winners expressed their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to leaders, colleagues and families for their unceasing support and encouragement. Throughout the evening, guests were also treated to a grand dinner that was well put together by the hosting hotel, Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel.

It was definitely a night to remember, and special credit goes to the GM, Mr. Richard Chapman and his team, in particular the Director of F&B, Mr. Robert Wittebrood, and the Culinary and Banquet team, for making this gala dinner such a memorable event and setting a new benchmark for Starwood.

President, Stephen Ho also commended them in his address saying, “Richard, you and your team are true legends with the show put up for the APD Oscar Night.  Your hotel has a strong reputation for excellent service throughout the years and this was definitely displayed at this award dinner.  The food was excellent and very creatively presented. I believe most people now understand why your hotel continues to shine despite the slow-moving renovation plus so many new competitors in Bangkok. Your guests know that they can only find the high level of personalized service at SGS.  Thanks to you and your team for making this hotel stand out amongst the best of the best in Bangkok.”

We thank everyone ascross Asia Pacific who came for the evening and we look forward to welcoming winners and guests to next year’s Asia Pacific Divisional Awards.


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