Spirit of Hospitality Awards
Each year, PRLA honors individuals and businesses from the hospitality and tourism industry for their dedication, service, community involvement, and successes. Nominations will open in 2024 and will be due by September 15, and self nominations are accepted. Award winners will be honored at the annual awards gala during the Annual Conference & Awards Gala.
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Spirit of Hospitality Award Categories
Rising Star Award
Honors an emerging leader in the hospitality & tourism industry; one who demonstrates ongoing exceptional growth in the culinary or hospitality fields. This person displays notable industry involvement and strong leadership potential.
Outstanding Industry Educator/Trainer
This award honors an educator, trainer, or mentor who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the advancement of the Pennsylvania hospitality industry.
Employee of the Year
Manager of the Year
Newcomer of the Year
Recognizes a business that has been operating for fewer than 2 years but more than 6 months. The candidate is likely to or already has made an impact in Pennsylvania’s hospitality industry.
Hospitality Industry Supporter Award
Honors an industry supplier or vendor (individual or a business) with a proven reputation for quality and excellence. Candidates should display a reputation for giving back to their community and the hospitality industry.
SpotOn Innovation Award
This award is presented to an individual or company that has applied a new product or creative approach, resulting in the growth or transformation of their business.
Event of the Year
Wilmer S. Lapp Community Service Award
Patrick Daugherty Lifetime Achievement Award
Honors long-standing PRLA members who have shown continuous support of the industry and association throughout their career.
Spirit of Hospitality Awards Nomination Form
Opens in 2024.