Hospitality Innovation Award 2019
This year’s “Hospitality Innovation Award” went to the Mayor of Vienna, Dr. Michael Ludwig. The Award was presented by PKF hotelexperts at the hotelforum gala evening held on 9 October, where it was accepted by Dipl.-Ing. Omar Al-Rawi, Member of the Viennese Landtag and Member of the Municipal Council of the City of Vienna. The winner of the “Hotel Property of the Year 2019” award was also announced on the same evening.
Michael Widmann, Managing Director of PKF hotelexperts said: “The theme of this year’s hotelforum is the convergence of the residential and hotel worlds. There are more and more mixed forms that respond to modern living needs, such as smaller residential units, coupled with providing more services. This creates both opportunities and risks for cities – one example of this is serviced apartments.
Despite all the innovations, many large cities however currently face the same problem: The rents are no longer affordable for large numbers of normal earners. This problem also exists in Vienna – but to a lesser extent than in Munich, for example. The main reason for this is the policy of subsidised housing that has been consistently pursued for around 100 years. More than 50 percent of Vienna’s tenants live in these homes. This helps create a well-balanced social structure in the city – especially since these homes are distributed relatively evenly across all of Vienna’s districts. We are awarding this year’s “Hospitality Innovation Award” to Vienna’s Mayor Dr. Michael Ludwig for the consistent continuation of this policy – who thus also receives it on behalf of his predecessors in office and the entire city of Vienna.”
| Dipl.-Ing. Omar Al-Rawi nd Michael Widmann, Managing Director of PKF hotelexperts // Photos: Walter Glück
The “Hospitality Innovation Award” has been presented by PKF hotelexperts since 2007, in recognition of major achievements that have had a lasting impact on the international hotel industry, with a particular emphasis being placed on social and societal commitment. The winners of the Award in recent years have included Alex Tourski of izi.TRAVEL, Dipl.-Ing. Vanessa Borkmann and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wilhelm Bauer (of the Fraunhofer IAO’s “FutureHotel” innovation network), Prof. Dr. Peter Eigen (founder of Transparency International), Clemens Foschi (former managing director of Caritas Services GmbH for the realisation of the Magdas Hotel in Vienna), Ali Koç and Semahat Arsel (Divan hotel group), Ursula Schelle-Müller and Dieter Müller (Motel One), Carlo Petrini (Slow Food), Peter-Mario Kubsch (Studiosus), and Helmut Kutin (SOS-Kinderdorf).