LATTE columnist Mary Gostelow has been recognised by the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI).
Gostelow was one of two global hospitality icons bestowed with the HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Award in marketing and public relations.
The HSMAI Lifetime Achievement Awards salute individuals who have spent most of their careers in hospitality and travel and have contributed to the betterment of the industry in a significant and lasting way over an extended period of time.
Publisher of the Gostelow Report, Mary will be honored with the Winthrop W. Grice Award for Public Relations.
The Gostelow Report is a monthly market intelligence report for the luxury travel sector. She could also be called an English export to the world – she stopped, many years ago, counting the number of countries she has visited, though still on her must-do list are Surinam, Central African Republic and Turkmenistan. Mary is a coach, rather than mainstream media, when it comes to suppliers and customers of luxury travel, especially in the hotels and resorts sector: for many years she was, indeed, a mystery shopper.
Today she also hosts the Mary Gostelow Girlahead Podcast, where she chats with friends of hers who are leaders of their sector. Mary also produces a daily Girlahead traveloque, part of Almont Global. In addition, she writes every week for HOTELS online and for LATTE. Mary is the global ambassador for the International Luxury Travel Market ILTM. The annual Gostelow lifetime achievement award is named in her honor.
Dorothy Dowling, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Best Western Hotels & Resorts, will be recognised with the Albert E. Koehl Award for Hospitality Marketing. With more than 30 years in the industry, Dowling directs all marketing and sales strategies, overseeing Best Western’s loyalty program, consumer and field marketing activities, advertising and public relations.
“Mary and Dorothy are staples in the hospitality and tourism industry, and HSMAI is thrilled to celebrate their accomplished careers and contributions,” said Robert A. Gilbert, CHME, CHBA, President and CEO of HSMAI.
HSMAI will celebrate Dowling and Gostelow at the virtual Adrian Awards Celebration on 23 March, 2021.