by Intan Abdul
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Group photo at HAPA Awards 2023.

The HAPA® Awards Malaysia Series made a comeback for 2023-2024, attracting more than 700 attendees to the gala dinner held at One World Hotel. The event was graced by YB Khairul Firdaus Akbar Khan, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture (MOTAC), representing the Minister of Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Dato’ Seri Tiong King Sing. This edition of the awards was jointly organized by HAPA® Group and Taylor’s University, marking their first collaboration.

Since its establishment in 2002, the HAPA® Awards has gained recognition as an international awards program in the hospitality and tourism industry, often referred to as the ‘Oscars of Hospitality’. The awards aim to establish a benchmark for excellence, propelling the hospitality industry to new heights. By honoring exceptional establishments and individuals, the awards celebrate their remarkable determination, resilience, and unwavering commitment to delivering excellence in the industry. The awards span two main categories: Hospitality & Tourism and F&B & Culinary Awards, acknowledging outstanding contributions in these respective fields.

Jennifer Ong, Founder of HAPA® Group and HAPA® Awards Chief Judge said, “In the last 20 years, the HAPA® Awards has honored extraordinary individuals and establishments in Malaysia and across the region whose passion and relentless pursuit of excellence has carved a timeless legacy within the hospitality domain. Over the passage of time, our Awards have come to be referred to as the “Oscars of Hospitality“, casting a radiant glow that illuminates the path to greatness traveled by the awards recipients. The HAPA® Awards stand as a masterpiece and poised to herald a new era of brilliance within the expansive realm of Asian hospitality.”

After formally establishing a partnership at Taylor’s Lakeside Campus in September 2022, HAPA® and Taylor’s University have joined forces to enhance and extend the HAPA® Awards Series on both domestic and regional scales. This collaboration focuses on the fields of hospitality, F&B, culinary, and tourism. By combining the strengths of both organizations, which are trusted and renowned brands in their respective domains, the collaboration acts as a catalyst for substantial growth. It facilitates the expansion of talent development, offers a platform for valuable industry networking, and creates significant economic benefits through the generation of high-value jobs and business opportunities. The collaboration between HAPA® and Taylor’s University aims to bring together real industry experiences and expertise, driving progress in these industries.


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