This year marks a full decade since the launch of the Best of Malaysia Awards, which has grown year after year to become Malaysia’s biggest publically-voted travel awards. Hundreds of travel and hospitality services and establishments were nominated and fully voted for by the expatriate community in 18 categories; over 30,000 votes later, the long-awaited results were unveiled at the final awards ceremony.
The Rabbit Hole on Changkat Bukit Bintang set the stage for the intimate ceremony, where guests mingled and enjoyed a free flow of Heineken and Strongbow before the presentation. They didn’t have long to wait, however, before the main event of the night began.
In a message to the event attendees and expatriates throughout the country, Expatriate Lifestyle Editor-in-Chief Antoine Commare said, “We couldn’t have done it without you. You nominated these names and you voted for the winners – Expatriate Lifestyle had nothing to do with it. So give yourselves a big round of applause.”
One by one, the winners over all 18 categories were unveiled, beginning with the Excellence Award holders before the final overall champion was revealed. Distinguished representatives such as General Managers, Food and Beverage Directors and more for top hotels, resorts and attractions came onstage to celebrate their brand’s time in the spotlight with award presenters Antoine Commare, Bruce Dallas, Marketing Director of Guinness Anchor Breweries, and Matt Bellotti, Chief Content Officer of Mongoose Publishing.
Some 58 Excellence Award winners took home a certificate for their outstanding achievements, while the 18 overall category winners received an additional custom plaque created by ARCH Collection as recognition for their efforts.
The Best of Malaysia Awards are the biggest independent travel and hospitality awards in the country, organised annually by Expatriate Lifestyle on www.expatriatelifestyle.com. They serve to give the expatriate community in Malaysia a voice and to honour the extraordinary efforts by the various hospitality services to provide a top-notch experience to guests and visitors.