June 16, 2023


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Join the AzLTA for our annual Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon celebrating the exceptional professionalism and outstanding service of top individuals in our industry, truly the best of the best that makes the hospitality industry a crown jewel of Arizona’s economy. This event recognizes hotel and tourism employees for their outstanding accomplishments, service, and leadership in the lodging and tourism industry who help our visitors enjoy their stay, and whose incredible hard work and genuine kindness towards both guests and fellow colleagues is an inspiration to their peers.

This year, we are thrilled to bring our BMI Rising Star to Arizona’s 2023 Stars of the Industry!

Featuring a performance by Former “Voice” contestant Nelson Cade III (from the NBC hit show “The Voice” who just released his debut single, FREEDOM and is streaming everywhere).

Nelson has jammed with Stevie Wonder and was the first 4-chair turn and a finalist on John Legend’s Team on The Voice (2020). He completed two nationwide tours and has written for Mary J. Blythe and Bailey Coats. He performed with Brian Sutherland and released Freedom, Point B and his unreleased single, CeeCee’s Song, that was just placed in the #1 Netflix series, Love is Blind [season 4, Ep 12]. 

Don’t miss out on AzLTA’s hospitality celebration. Register today to be inspired and to see who will be honored in 2023!

Friday, June 16, 2023

Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Luncheon/Awards: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Networking reception: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

2023 Stars of the Industry
Awards Categories 

General Manager of the Year
Heart of the House Leader of the Year 
Front of the House Leader of the Year 
Food & Beverage Employee of the Year
Sales/Catering Employee of the Year
Guest Service/Bell Staff Employee of the Year
Housekeeping/Engineering/Maintenance Employee of the Year
Tourism Manager of the Year
Tourism Employee of the Year
Community Service
Special Event: One-Time
Good Earthkeeping
Hospitality & Tourism Without Barriers

For questions about the event, please contact Karin Jimenez, Business Strategy & Industry Relations at

Thank you to Our 2023 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors
Gold Star Sponsor
Silver Star Sponsors
Bright Star Sponsors
Wild Horse Pass
Phoenix Downtown
Starlight Supporters

Nomination Criteria

Application Guidelines

All honorees must be employed by hotels, attractions, tourism businesses, hospitality or other supporting businesses that are of the Arizona hospitality industry.

Who can enter?

The Stars of the Industry awards competition is open to all Arizona hospitality businesses, hotels, and tourism employees.

Who can nominate a Star?

Anyone! A nominator can be an employer, a manager, a friend, regular customer, or anyone else who knows a Star in Arizona’s hospitality industry who deserves recognition.

What does it cost to enter?

Entering or nominating for the Stars of the Industry Awards is free.

What do nominees receive?

All nominees will receive an AzLTA Stars of the Industry Recognition Certificate.  The winners of each award will be announced at the Stars of the Industry Awards Luncheon on June 16, 2023 and receive an engraved plaque at the awards presentation.  All winners will be announced in AzLTA’s Industry Insider newsletter, by a press release, and on the AzLTA website. Winners will automatically be entered in the American Hotel and Lodging Association’s national Stars of the Industry Awards program. It is AzLTA’s privilege to celebrate the accomplishments of all the nominees and winners presented each year.

Nominations and Eligibility

The nomination process begins in April and we’ve made it easy.  Simply complete the online nominee application form and email the application to AzLTA explaining why the nominee deserves the Star award in their category.

Rules & Judging Criteria

Nominees must have served in the industry for a minimum of two years (please state total number of years in description) and will be judged on performance beyond normal job responsibilities, professionalism, and outstanding and unusual service to the property, guests and the community.

Using no more than three double-spaced pages, describe why your nominee should be honored. Give examples of:

  • Extraordinary support to fellow employees.
  • Specific event(s) that best describes the nominee’s exceptional service.
  • Outstanding leadership qualities, heroic deeds or actions that consistently add to the general well-being of guests.
  • Other great accomplishments to the industry or community.

Include photos and any materials substantiating the award entry, such as letters of commendation, guest comment cards, news clippings and other support materials received during 2021-2023 for the judges’ consideration.