May 21, 2024

Onboard Hospitality Awards judging day 

Judging of the 2023 Onboard Hospitality Awards has taken place. The names of winning and highly commended entries will be revealed at our awards ceremony on Tuesday June 6 in Hamburg, Germany.

More than 130 entries, including 14 for the Cabin Concept award, were received this year.

Nine judges travelled from around the world to meet up with the team from Onboard Hospitality magazine. Judges who were unable to attend in person submitted comments and feedback via email.

The judging event took place on Thursday April 20 at Stanhill Court Hotel in Chorley, Sussex. The hotel is approximately five miles from London Gatwick Airport. Its staff proved supportive by preparing food and drink products for service at relevant times during the judging process.

Winning entries 

The long and intensive day of judging provided hands-on opportunities for the judges to assess industry-leading products and services. That involved touching and tasting products, as well as discussing the merits of entries. Their preferences were recorded and the winners chosen.

“For me, being a judge means pausing my busy schedule and seeing some of the great initiatives that are taking place throughout the sector. It also gives me an opportunity to share my own thoughts and get the perspectives of some of the leading lights in the industry with regard to the quality and relevance of the entrants. It’s been my absolute pleasure to support the Onboard Hospitality Awards for many years and, hopefully, many more to come,” said Lance Hayward, founder of The Hayward Partnership. 

Note of thanks 

The team at Onboard Hospitality would like to thank the finalists for sending samples. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to our judges for their cooperation and diligence.  

Additionally, we’d like to thank Clare Hunter, Operations Director at BMI Publishing, for transporting samples to Stanhill Court Hotel.   

Onboard Hospitality Awards 

Next year’s World Travel Catering Expo (WTCE) will take place from April 9-11 2024. Plans for the judging of next year’s Onboard Hospitality Awards are already being made. Further information about the 2024 Onboard Hospitality Awards will be announced later this year. 

In the meantime, we look forward to welcoming you to the 2023 Onboard Hospitality Awards ceremony. It begins at 16.30 (CET) on Tuesday June 6 at the WTCE’s Taste of Travel theatre. We hope to see you there. 

You can view the 2023 entries on the Onboard Hospitality Awards microsite.