February 23, 2009 // Franchising.com // Over 150 hotel industry leaders attended the Hotel Report Awards Thursday 19 February at Banqueting House in London where Alan Parker, Chief Executive of Whitbread PLC was named Individual of the Year.
Hotel Report is an influential newsletter for the hotel industry. Rather like the Oscars, an 'academy' of about 500 senior people from across the industry first nominate and then select a winner for each of nine awards.
Alan Parker said: "This is further recognition for the great achievements of all our brands over the last twelve months and I am very proud to be representing Whitbread in this way."
Notes to Editors
Whitbread PLC is the UK's largest hotel and restaurant company operating market-leading businesses in the budget hotels and restaurant sectors. Its brands include Premier Inn, Beefeater, Table Table, Brewers Fayre, Taybarns and Costa Coffee.
Whitbread PLC employs over 33,000 people and serves 8.5 million customers every month in its 1,500 outlets across the UK.
In the first half of the financial year ended 28th August 2008, Whitbread PLC reported a 12.6% increase in Group Revenue to £682.2 million and 24% increase in Pre-tax Profit to £123.3 million.
Whitbread PLC is a FTSE 100 company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. It is also a member of the FTSE4Good Index.
Alan Parker, Chief Executive Officer
Appointment to the board: May 2000
External appointments: VisitBritain (board member)
Managing director of Crest Hotels Europe, senior vice-president of Holiday Inn Europe, Middle East and Africa. Joined Whitbread in 1992 as managing director of Whitbread Hotel Company.
In May 2007 Alan Parker was inducted into the prestigious UK Travel Industry Hall of Fame in recognition of his hard work and contribution to the hospitality industry.
Alan, whose career spans over 30 years in the hospitality sector, will join the likes of Virgin founder, Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Easyjet, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Chairman of British Airways, Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, and Whitbread Non Executive Director, Charles Gurassa.
The British Travel Industry Hall of Fame, now in its 13th year, was set up to honour excellence and outstanding achievement in those who have played a significant role in developing the travel, hospitality and tourism industry.