The Langham, Auckland’s Director of Sales & Marketing, Michael Shah, has been honoured as the Sales & Marketing Associate of 2017 at the prestigious HM Awards – the Asia-Pacific’s leading awards for the hotel sector.

The glittering awards dinner took place at Sydney’s Town Hall on 1 September, recognising the accommodation industry’s finest staff, properties, brands and chains across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Shah, who has been at The Langham, Auckland for over three years, said he was delighted to receive the award, which he shared with Tim Birley, from the Parkroyal, Darling Harbour.

“I was so delighted and proud to receive this award, and to share it with my good friend Tim Birley is an added bonus. In the last 12 months, I have been privileged to work with two great teams at The Langham Auckland and Langham Sydney and I’m very proud of the success both these teams have achieved.

“I’m a great believer that at a senior level, success is all about the people you share your day with. Listening to what they need, helping make their job easier, supporting them when they are challenged, and showing them by your own example the behaviours you want to see.

“This is really an award to be shared with all my colleagues who have shown me such great support.”

The Langham, Melbourne was also honoured at the HM Awards, taking home the 2017 Service to the Community Award and the 2017 Concierge of the Year, awarded to Peter McBrearty.

Other recent acknowledgements for The Langham, Auckland include Christine Bronkhorst, who was awarded the Outstanding Young Hotel Executive for 2017 at the New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards.