Hospitality industry opens WAVE Award nominations


Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association are accepting nominations for the WAVE Award, which honors outstanding service providers in the local hospitality industry.

This year’s award has four new categories.

Nominations are being accepted from employers and guests through Oct. 7 across eight categories.

Those categories are transportation, retail and service, attractions and events, nightlife, restaurants and breweries, lodging establishments with more than 150 rooms, lodging establishments with fewer than 150 rooms and industry volunteers.

Nominations can be made online.

Last year’s winners were Jeff Fenton and Jenifer Cutter of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Kellie Rowland of the Mixology Lounge in the JW Marriott Hotel, Doyle Fisher of Metro Cab and Ashley Alexander of the West Michigan Sports Commission.

Winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and recognized at the Impacting Hospitality Celebration on Nov. 21, as part of the annual International Wine, Beer & Food Festival at DeVos Place.

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