Awards & Certifications

As a Group of companies we aim to ensure excellent delivery of all our products and services across the board. We live by the words ‘Always Genuine’ because we are a company made up of genuine people with a genuine passion for what we do. Whatever the job role, we work hard to achieve high results, and so it is always a great pleasure to have our efforts recognized, whether is it winning awards for quality and service or employees receiving praise for making that difference to a client’s holiday or special occasion. Below is a list of some recent awards organised into categories.

Business Practice Awards

MCA eBusiness 2014 Awards – Best Application for 2014 Award – iCaterer

Island Caterers won the Best Application Award for their newly launched web application,, at this year’s MCA eBusiness Awards. iCaterer was developed together with Mangion & Lightfoot and it’s a web based application that facilitates wedding planning. It allows couples planning their wedding full control and flexibility whilst guiding them to choose their perfect venue, menu and all the other important details according to their budget and requirements.

Travel Industry Awards

Expedia Diamond Award

Radisson Blu Hotels & Resorts, Malta, were awarded Expedia’s Diamond Award (2009) in recognition of the hotels’ excellence management of their relations with Expedia, the world’s largest travel website.

Hotel Worker of the Year

The MTA STAR awards in 2009 saw a Radisson Blu Resort Golden Sands’ employee, concierge Patrick Galea, win the overall Hotel Employee of the Year award. The award, then in its first year, is determined by the nominations from an employee’s colleagues. STAR awards are held each year and recognise people within the local industry who offer excellent service to visitors. In addition to this particular award, several IHGH employees were nominated in various categories of STAR, which shows the high level of dedication of all employees as well as being testament to our culture of excellence and our commitment to staff development. Guest Review Awards 2014 - Award for Excellence

Both the Radisson Blu Resort, St.Julian’s and the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands were awarded the Award for Excellence in’s 2014 Guest Review Awards as a result of high guest reviews through the platform itself.

HR & Management Awards

Island Hotels Awarded top HR Award

The Foundation of Human Resources Development (FHRD) in Malta has recognised the Island Hotels’ Human Resources Team under its Excellent Initiative in Human Resources Award (2009). This was given in recognition of the contribution to staff development and motivation generated by IHGH’s unique Pearl Award Scheme, which has proved it success in motivating employees and recognising excellence by identifying ambassadors within the organisation in ten categories.

In 2010, we were recognised by the Foundation of Human Resources for excellent initiatives in the Human Resources field during the annual Malta People Awards held in December. This year two initiatives were presented by the group; the first a learning and development initiative – “The Skills for Life Management Development Program” which received the Malta People Award for Learning and Development. The second initiative was for the participation by one of the Group’s hotels, the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands, for its Responsible Business Programme, which was awarded the Malta People Award for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Johnnie Walker Man of the Year Award

IHGH CEO Winston J. Zahra received the 2009 award for Entrepreneur of the Year (Malta). The Johnnie Walker Man of the Year Award is an annual event organised simultaneously in numerous countries worldwide.

LGBTI Employer of the Year 2014

The focus behind the LGBTI Community Awards is to highlight the LGBTI community’s con­tribution to the broader Maltese community. Awards were presented in three categories: a member of broader Maltese society; a person who has furthered the cause of LGBTI equality in Malta; and a member of the LGBTI community in Malta. Island Hotels Group was awarded the Employer of the Year Awards.

‘Premju Nazzjonali Haddiema tas-Sena’ Employer of the Year 2014

Winston J. Zahra on behalf of IHGH was awarded the 2014 Premju Nazzjonali Haddiema tas-Sena in the Employer of the Year Category. The Worker of the Year Awards recognise the workers at the center of the economy of the country, at the same time it is a celebration and promotion of diversity and equal opportunities.

Eco Awards

During, 2009 the Radisson Blu Golden Sands Resort & Spa received several awards for its environmental practice. Eco Certification was awarded by the Malta Tourism Authority and we were also presented with the Golden Award by the Liveable Communities of UNEP. The HOTER project, an innovative waste water recycling project developed by Ing. Marco Cremona for hotels and run as a pilot at Radisson Blu Golden Sands, was awarded the Energy Globe Award. Both Radisson Blu hotels were awarded the US Embassy Environmental Excellence Awards to mark Earth Day 2009.

Travelife Awards

In December 2013, The Radisson Blu Resort, St.Julian’s was awarded the Travelife Bronze Award following an audit which assessed the property against the robust requirements of the Travelife sustainability criteria. This award demonstrates the Resort’s commitment to reducing their environmental impacts such as energy consumption and reducing the waste they produce as well as overall sustainability in the tourism industry.

Catering & Chefs’ Awards

The Definitively Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta & Gozo recognised several IHGH food outlets in its 2009 surveys. Radisson Blu Resort St Julian’s Le Bistro restaurant and Kon Tiki were praised with the latter winning the consistency award. In 2009, The Edge, also at St Julian’s, was named for the first time and highly recommended and in 2014 Essence and Flavours were also mentioned for the first time.

Our chefs and teams consistently attain merit and awards in both local and international culinary competition. Under the guidance of chef Matthew Schembri, our team was awarded gold at the first International Culinary Competition Experience (Oct 2009) held in Romania.

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