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The Hotel Council of San Francisco Honors “Hotel Heroes”

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The Hotel Council of San Francisco Honors “Hotel Heroes”

Annual Awards Thursday, April 27 at Hilton San Francisco Union Square Attended by Sell Out Crowd Including City & Industry Leaders

3 May 2023 – San Francisco, CA: The Hilton San Francisco Union Square was all smiles Thursday evening April 27 as the Hotel Council of San Francisco ( honored its own at the 18th Annual Hotel Hero Awards Gala celebrating the City’s hospitality industry. It was the first fully in-person celebration since the onset of COVID.

“It was heartwarming to bring back this event in-person and celebrate the heroes of our hospitality community who make our hotels and our city truly unparalleled,” said Alex Bastian, Hotel Council President and CEO. “San Francisco is bouncing back, strong, and tourism is leading the way with our industry’s finest at the helm.”

In addition to the honorees and a sell-out crowd of hospitality professionals, in attendance were San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed, District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, SFPD Chief Bill Scott and Deputy Chief David Lazar, City Attorney David Chiu, SF Chamber of Commerce CEO Rodney Fong, SF Travel CEO Joe D’Alessandro and Union Square Alliance CEO Marisa Rodriguez among other tourism friends and boosters. Emcee for the evening was award winning KTVU reporter and anchor Christien Kafton.

Sponsors for this year’s Hotel Hero Awards included: United Airlines, Big Bus, Visit California, SF Travel, San Francisco Parks & Rec, HD Supply, Alto Rideshare and RNDC.

Established in 2003, the Hotel Hero awards were created to pay tribute to the people who dedicate their lives to the hospitality industry. As the largest industry in San Francisco, hotels and tourism directly impact the success of many businesses throughout San Francisco, supporting over 86,000 jobs.

Below is the list of this year’s honorees.

  • Good Samaritan Award Nico Moore of Hyatt Regency San Francisco
  • Beyond the Call of Duty (300 Rooms or Less)
    Yuko Okumoto, Four Seasons San Francisco
  • Beyond the Call of Duty (301 Rooms or More)William “Bill” Sutton, InterContinental San Francisco
  • Unsung Hero (300 Rooms or Less)
    Chen-Chih Lin, St. Regis
  • Unsung Hero (301 Rooms or More)
    Michael Wilson, Parc 55
  • Rising StarJoey Tran, Galleria Park Hotel
  • Werner Lewin Lifetime Achievement, Operations
    Oscar Cruz, Hilton San Francisco Union Square
  • Lifetime Achievement, Department Manager
    Daniela Puccinelli, The Westin St. Francis
  • Bob Begley Lifetime Achievement, Hotel Executive
    Terry Lewis, Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55
  • Sustainability
    Presidio Lodging
  • Community SpiritHotel Nikko

About the Hotel Council of San Francisco:
The Hotel Council of San Francisco is a non-profit membership-based organization advocating for the economic and social vitality of the hospitality industry in San Francisco. Their membership roster includes over 200 hotels, allied members, and partner organizations. The Hotel Council is dedicated to protecting the San Francisco hospitality industry and connecting its members to support the growth and success of the industry.