David Morgan-Hewitt has been named the Top General Manager of the Year Worldwide at the 2015 Luxury Travel Advisor’s Awards of Excellence.
Held this week at the Four Seasons in Florida, the ceremony brought together hundreds of suppliers, hoteliers and key industry insiders to celebrate the top players in the luxury travel industry.
Morgan-Hewitt, managing director of The Goring in London beat off stiff competition from hoteliers around the world to be awarded the prestigious accolade, which he was chosen for by a panel of influential travel advisors, before the final decision was reached by a public vote.
David Morgan-Hewitt said: “It’s such an honour to win this award, especially in such a special year for The Goring. The hotel has just been re-opened in March, by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, having been closed, for the first time ever, for the completion of a major refurbishment by four top British interior designers. The event, on 2nd March, also marked our 105th birthday. We now have what is being hailed as the most ravishing Front Hall in London – as well as a new fleet of five handsome footmen, one for each of the hotel’s suites.”
Morgan-Hewitt has been at The Goring since 1990 and he become managing director in 2006. Working closely with CEO Jeremy Goring, he has been a fundamental force in The Goring’s continuing success. The judges admired David’s innate understanding of The Goring’s impeccable 105 year pedigree and his ability to make that heritage relevant to the future, in order to seamlessly maintain the hotel as an international market leader.
David and Jeremy’s hard work has paid off with a plethora of impressive awards for the privately-owned 69 bedroom hotel, including numerous Cateys, service awards and food accolades. The Goring also became the first ever hotel to be granted a Royal Warrant by HM The Queen in 2013.
Jeremy Goring said: “David has lived and breathed The Goring for over 20 years. He is that rare combination – a real host, but also a smart operator. One thing is for sure – there’s only one David!”