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The 2018 Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design competition is now accepting entries. Sponsored by Boutique Design magazine, the premier interior design competition for the hospitality industry has a total of 21 categories, giving designers around the world the opportunity to showcase their influential and innovative design work in every sector.

To be eligible for the hospitality industry’s most prestigious design honor, new construction, conversion or renovation work must have been or must be completed from May 1, 2017 to July 6, 2018.

The deadline for the competition is July 6 and entries can be submitted via the Boutique Design New York (BDNY) website. Entry requirements include completion of an online form and a fee of $195 for each submission. A renowned judging panel will select the Designer of the Year as well as winners and finalists in each of the following categories:

Best Eco-Conscious or Socially Conscious Hotel
Best Lobby Budget/Focused Service 
Best Lobby Midscale
Best Lobby Upscale
Best Lobby Luxury
Best Guestroom Budget/Focused Service 
Best Guestroom Midscale 
Best Guestroom Upscale 
Best Guestroom Luxury 
Best Suite 
Best Nightclub/Lounge 
Best New Hotel Brand or Soft Brand Concept
Best Resort 
Best Restaurant Casual Dining 
Best Restaurant Fine Dining
Best Specialty Design 
Judges’ So Cool
Best Hotel Budget/Focused Service 
Best Hotel Midscale 
Best Hotel Upscale 
Best Hotel Luxury 

Serving as judges for the 2018 competition are: Janis Cannon, Choice Hotels Intl.; Gary Dollens, Hyatt Hotels Corp.; Nigel Hatcher, Marriott Intl.; Lori Horvath, Jones Lang LaSalle; Daniel Hyde, Artist Guild Hotels; Matoula Karagiannis, Sydell Group; Michael Kitchen, Aparium Hotel Group; Michael Medzigian, Watermark Capital Partners LLC; Jagruti Panwala, AAHOA; Thomas Prins, TQP Investments LLC; and Larry Traxler, Hilton Worldwide Hotels & Resorts.

The awards ceremony will take place Nov. 12 at New York’s Gotham Hall in conjunction with BDNY and HX: The Hotel Experience. The winners and finalists in each category and the Designer of the Year will be recognized at this special gala event. The honored projects and designers will also be profiled in the December 2018 edition of Boutique Design. (Profiles of last year’s Gold Key winners and finalists can be seen in the magazine’s December 2017 issue.)


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