Marriott International Celebrates Successes at HM Awards

Neeraj Chadha, Multi-Property Vice President Fiji & Samoa recognised as South Pacific General Manager of the Year at 2019 HM Awards

Marriott International – Press Release, 20 September 2019

Marriott International has once again been recognised for its commitment to exceptional quality and service, taking home four awards and multiple commendations at the 2019 HM Awards.

(L-R) Matt Lennon, HM Deputy Editor; James Wilkinson, HM Editor in Chief; Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International; and Adam Daff, Group Sales & Sponsorship Manager – Accommodation at the 2019 HM Awards. Photo courtesy of HM

Craig S. Smith, President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, took out the esteemed title of Asia-Pacific Hotelier of the Year at the industry’s night of nights. The award comes in recognition of his remarkable leadership during what has been a significant year for Marriott in the region – the company relaunched Marriott Bonvoy, its travel program, and continues to grow its footprint, targeting 1,000 hotels and resorts open in Asia Pacific by the end of 2020.

Sean Hunt, Area Vice President for Marriott International in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, was Highly Commended as Australasian Hotelier of the Year, a testament to his ongoing commitment to the growth of Marriott International’s hotels and associates in the region.

Neeraj Chadha, Multi-Property Vice President Fiji & Samoa was recognised as South Pacific General Manager of the Year in acknowledgment of his commitment to his teams and the success of the properties in his region. In addition, Fiji Marriott Momi Bay Resort was awarded highly commended.

Neeraj Chadha, Multi-Property Vice President Fiji & Samoa

Raphael Szurek, Chef de Cuisine at Silvester’s at Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, was named Best Hotel Chef, an exciting accolade as Marriott continues to focus on food and dining in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel was also named best Business Hotel.

The company also celebrated a number of commendations in the following categories:
• W Brisbane – Hotel Interior Design
• Sheraton Grand Sydney Hyde Park – Meetings and Conferencing Property
• Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay – Fijian Property
• Pier One Sydney Harbour – Marketing Campaign (for its Pier One Igloo Project)
• Ace Mamun, Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel – Communications Associate
• James Mashman, Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Central Park – Hotel Engineer
• Marriott International – Accommodation Chain

“2019 has been another huge year for Marriott International in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, and it’s wonderful to see our associates and hotels recognised for their efforts in front of the industry,” said Sean Hunt, Area Vice President, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific, Marriott International. “I congratulate all winners and those highly commended on their outstanding efforts and continued dedication.”

These awards and commendations come as Marriott International continues to grow its footprint in the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific region. The company operates 32 hotels in the region, with a further 22 in the pipeline – including more than 10 openings expected in 2020-2021 alone.

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About Marriott International Fiji
Marriott International Fiji Resorts, the leading hotel company in Fiji with three brands and five resorts in the portfolio including The Westin Denarau Island, Resort & Spa, Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sheraton Denarau Villas, Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island and Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. Combined with the largest conference facility in Fiji, the Denarau Island Conference Centre, Fiji’s premier golf course at The Denarau Island Golf & Racquet Club and over 1200 dedicated service professionals, Marriott International Fiji offers guests and unrivalled South Pacific experience. Learn more at

About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 7,000 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 132 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company now offers one travel program, Marriott BonvoyTM, replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®(SPG). For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.