How to Submit

IRHAS Honorees, Grand Awards and Traveler's Vote Awards

Categories

2009/2010 Awards Presentation

Rules

Deadlines

Frequently Asked Questions

The Judging Process and Honoree Selection



How to Submit

Simply submit online or print the PDF and send your website and optional marketing material.

You may submit a single hotel or restaurant in as many subcategories as you deem appropriate. You may only submit into one rate bracket (value, moderate or luxury). Submitting images and marketing material is OPTIONAL. IRHA welcomes hotels and restaurants to submit detailed statements and website links if sufficient material is available online. Specific areas of company websites will need to be referenced in detailed statements (e.g. press page, image galleries, designs, reviews, menus, awards).

 

Ways to Submit Your Hotel or Restaurant
You may submit detailed statements, websites and optional images and marketing material in any one of the following ways.

  1. Register/Login to submit online your detailed statements and website references. Upload optional images and marketing material and pay the processing fee.

  2. Register/Login to submit online your detailed statements and website references and pay the processing fee. Then mail the receipt along with optional images and marketing material to IRHA Headquarters.

  3. Login to submit online your detailed statements and website references. Upload or send by mail the optional images and marketing material. Print the offline payment form at the end of the online submission form and send it to IRHA Headquarters with payment.

  4. Download a printable PDF version of our submission form, complete it by hand and mail it to IRHA Headquarters with detailed statements, website references and processing fee included (images and marketing material optional). (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader Plugin)

 

International Restaurant and Hotel Awards
550 N Larchmont Blvd, Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90004
310.601.8727

info@IRHAS.com
www.IRHAS.com


PROCESSING FEES

$150 for first submission

$100 each additional subcategory
(same images and material for all subcategories)


$150 each additional subcategory
(different images and material for each subcategory)

Please read the rules of submission carefully before submitting.

CATEGORIES

Visit the restaurants page or hotels page for details on each subcategory.

2009/2010 AWARDS PRESENTATION

(Please Note: The 2009/2010 IRHAS awards presentation date and location have yet to be determined. Establishments that submit in 2009/2010 will be judged and recipients will receive certificates of achievement and exposure online. Grand Award Recipients will receive statues and the coveted titles of International Restaurant of the Year and International Hotel of the Year. IRHA will hold an awards presentation to announce the recipients of the 2009/2010 awards season. The awards presentation date and location will be announced online. Video footage from the 2009/2010 awards presentation will be available online. *At this time a gala will not be held.)
(*Subject to change)

RULES & SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
IRHA is open to any hotel or restaurant business owner, general manager, marketing manager, designer, design firm, architect, architecture firm or other qualified staff within a company representing a hotel or restaurant, from any country. Hotels will be judged against other hotels in each main category rate bracket and restaurants will judged against other restaurants in main category rate brackets

Hotels: Standard Room

Value Hotels

$189 or less

Moderate Hotels

$190-$374

Luxury Hotels

$375 or more

Restaurants: Dinner for one (dinner, drink & gratuity)
Value Restaurants $34 or less
Moderate Restaurants $35-$69
Luxury Restaurants $70 or more

Businesses must submit online or through the mail.

Sumit Online

Download IRHA PDF Submission Form

 

A. DETAILED STATEMENT*
(*optional if website includes sufficient material)

ONLINE: Please explain why judges should consider your hotel or restaurant for each subcategory you wish to submit under. This statement will be listed for foodies and travelers to read if your hotel or restaurant is selected as a subcategory recipient. You will select all boxes next to the subcategories you wish to submit under and describe in the designated space in 500 words or less per subcategory (e.g. two subcategories = 1000 words or less). Please direct IRHA to specific areas of your company website that judges should review. IRHA will accept a submission of just the company WEBSITE, if sufficient material is online (menus, images of views, design features etc.) Visit the restaurants page or hotels page for details on each subcategory.

BY MAIL: Describe why your restaurant or hotel should be considered for each subcategory in 500 words or less per subcategory (e.g. two subcategories = 1000 words or less). You may send a PDF or Microsoft Word Document on a CD or DVD, or the printed documents. Download the PDF version of the Submission Form. Send a copy of the documents for each subcategory you wish to submit under and attach the appropriate IRHA Subcategory Form included in the pdf Submission Form. Please direct IRHA to specific areas of your company websites judges should review.

If submitting optional images and marketing material, packaging each set of subcategory material (copy of images, marketing material, detailed statement & the appropriate IRHA Subcategory Form found in the PDF) is highly recommended.

B. PROCESSING FORMS
Mailed in submissions must be accompanied by one IRHA Submission Form per company and one IRHA Subcategory Form per subcategory submitted under. If a business is submitted into multiple subcategories, the company must provide copies of the submission material with a separate Subcategory Form packaged with appropriate materials. No submission will be processed unless the processing fee is attached or has been pre-paid. Businesses submitted without the proper forms and payment will be disqualified. Submissions must be postmarked by the deadline posted online. IRHA retains the right to refuse any submission for any reason.

C. PROCESSING FEES
All submissions must include the appropriate processing fee payable to the International Hospitality Awards, Inc. (IRHA) in U.S. currency. Please see the Payment Summary Form.

D. IMAGES & MARKETING MATERIAL

*IMAGES
Online image submissions and CD or DVD image submissions through the mail must be no larger than 800 pixels on the longest side and saved as jpegs (.jpeg) and may not exceed 2MB for each file. You may submit up to 5 images for each subcategory you wish to submit under. Sending printed photographs in the mail: if sending the same images for each subcategory, please supply a set of copies for each subcategory and label each set with a separate IRHA Subcategory Form found in the PDF Submission Form. If sending different images, please label each set of images clearly with the correct IRHA Subcategory Form. Packaging each set of subcategory material together is highly recommended. Image file names on CD or DVD submissions should match each specific subcategory and the IRHA Subcategory Forms sent in your package.

*MARKETING MATERIAL: Marketing material uploaded online or sent by mail cannot exceed two PDF documents or two Microsoft Word documents. *Best Wine List submissions must send a current wine list or direct judges to the restaurant wine list online. *Best Brunch & Best Dessert submissions must send a current brunch or dessert menu or direct judges to the restaurant brunch or dessert menus online. If using the same material for multiple subcategories, please submit multiple copies of the material and label each set with a separate IRHA Subcategory Form.

(*Images & Marketing Material are optional if websites include sufficient material)

PACKAGING SUBMISSIONS FOR SHIPMENT
Please package your submission material carefully to prevent damage during shipping.

RETURN OF SUBMISSIONS
Do not submit original images or marketing material.

USE OF IMAGES AND VIDEO
Copyright and all other rights remain that of the business. Any image, marketing material, detailed statement or video used by IRHA shall carry the business’s credit line. Use may include publication in any IRHA media sponsor publication. All entrants understand that any image or website material (marketing material, video etc.) submitted to the awards may be used by IRHA for marketing and promotional purposes including any media such as print and digital media directly related to IRHA.

DEADLINES

Submit by March 31, 2010



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: How can I pay for my submissions?

A: There are a number of ways for you to pay for submissions:

    1. You may pay online
    2. You may fill out the credit card portion of the submission form and mail it to IRHA Headquarters
    3. You may fill out the credit card portion of the submission form and email it to info@IRHAS.com.
    4. You may send a check to IRHA Headquarters. Please make your check payable to International Hospitality Awards, Inc. (IRHA) US Dollars only for checks.


International Restaurant and Hotel Awards
550 N Larchmont Blvd, Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90004
info@IRHAS.com
www.IRHAS.com

 Q: Do I need to fill out a separate IRHA Category Form for each submission?

A: Yes. Even if you are submitting the same restaurant or hotel into multiple categories, each copy of submission materials needs to have its own Category Form attached. However, you will need to fill out only one IRHA Submission Form, regardless of how many categories you submit under.

Q: Where can I obtain a submission form?

A: You may obtain a submission form by any of the following ways:

Submit online
Download
a printable pdf of the submission form.
Contact our office to request a submission form by mail.

Q: Are images and video optional? Can I just submit my website since it has images and video?

A. Yes. Submitting images and marketing material is OPTIONAL. Submitting images and marketing material is OPTIONAL. IRHA welcomes hotels and restaurants to submit detailed statements and website links if sufficient material is available online. Specific areas of company websites will need to be referenced in detailed statements (e.g. press page, image galleries, designs, reviews, menus, awards). You can do this by submitting online and skipping the upload images and marketing material page or downloading the pdf and sending your submission form with detailed statement and website reference to IRHA.

Q: Can I submit digital images or video into the contest?

AYou can submit images online or send digital files on a CD or DVD by traditional mail. You can reference your website in your detailed statement if there are videos you would like judges to view.

Q:  Is it possible to submit digital photos over the Internet for the competition?

A: Yes, it is. You may upload your digital photos to our website once you have registered.

Q:  What size may the digital files be?

A: Digital images must be saved as a jpg and may not exceed 800 Pixel in height or width. Marketing material may not exceed two PDF documents or two Microsoft Word documents*Best Wine List submissions must send a current wine list or direct judges to your wine list online. Detailed statements may not exceed 500 words per subcategory. Inclusion of website address is highly recommended. Please direct IRHA to specific areas of your company site judges should review.

 Q: What is considered a Restaurant or Hotel?

A: A restaurant is an establishment that serves prepared food and beverages to order, to be consumed on the premises.

A hotel provides paid lodging, usually on a short-term basis.

 Q: If my hotel or restaurant is opening for business after January 1st, 2009 can I submit to the 2009/2010 Awards Season?

A: Hotels & restaurants submitted for 2009/2010 consideration must be open for business before May 1st, 2010.

Q: Are all the processing fees on your website in US $?

A: Yes, but we accept processing fees from many currencies through WorldPay or PayPal.

Q: Can a design firm or consultant submit on behalf of a client?

A: Yes. Please make sure the restaurant or hotel is aware of the submission and include in the designated area on the registration form the name of the person that can be reached at the establishment .

Q: Can I mail the submission form, my images, marketing material, detailed statement and the check in one envelope?

A: Yes, you may include everything in the same envelope.

Q: Do I need to send a return-handling fee for each set of images, detailed statement & marketing material I want to be returned?

A: No, there is only a one-time fee of $25 regardless of the number of sets of materials you want returned. Please be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped or FedEx mailer.

Q: Can I submit one restaurant or hotel into multiple subcategories?

A:Yes, you may submit the same business into as many categories as you see fit. In fact, doing so may increase your chances of receiving an award. The submission fee is $150 for the first subcategory. $100 for each additional category if submitting the same material for each category. $150 for each additional category if submitting different material for each category.

Q: What qualifies a hotel or restaurant for the Best New Hotel of the Year or Best New Restaurant of the Year?

A: Restaurants and hotels open for business as of January 1st, 2009 qualify for the 2009/2010 Best New Hotel of the Year or Best New Restaurant of the Year Awards

Q: Where can I find information on each category?

A: View the restaurant subcategory descriptions by clicking here. View the hotel subcategory descriptions by clicking here.

Q: How will my images, marketing material, detailed statement, and website material or video be used?

A: You will be contacted each time we identify an image, marketing material, detailed statement, website material or video for usage and briefed on what the usage will be. Your material will NEVER be used for any purpose other than promotion of the International Restaurant and Hotel Awards. All hotels and restaurants will be pleased with the manner their images and video can be used and promoted globally.

Q: Where will my images and/or, marketing matertial and/or detailed statement and/or website material and/or video be used/shown?

A: Depending on what your restaurant or hotel is chosen for (magazine advertisement for IRHA, a postcard announcing the IRHA gala ceremony, partner sites advertising, press releases), your images, website material and /or and/or video will be viewed with your full credit.

Q: Will I get compensated for the use of my images, marketing material, detailed statement, website material and/or videos?

A: There is no monetary payment for the use of your images or video, however in the case that it is being used for something other than promotion of the awards, you will be contacted and given the option to decline the use of your work. If you choose to participate, monetary compensation will be discussed and a contract drawn up.

Q: What benefits do I get for submitting to the International Restaurant & Hotel Awards?

A: All first, second and third place hotels and restaurants will receive a hardcopy certificate of achievement and downloadable copies of an IRHA high-resolution seal and certificate of achievement. First place category recipients will be considered for the coveted titles of International Restaurant of the Year and International Hotel of the Year. The Grand Award recipients receive the prestigious titles of International Restaurant of the Year or International Hotel of the Year, maximum exposure for one year on the IRHA website and promotional marketing and coveted IRHAS Statues.

International Value Hotel of the Year
International Moderate Hotel of the Year
International Luxury Hotel of the Year
International Value Restaurant of the Year
International Moderate Restaurant of the Year
International Luxury Restaurant of the Year

The Best New Restaurants and Hotels of the Year will also be awarded IRHAS Statues.

WORLDWIDE Hospiality COMMUNITY

In tradition of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, the 2008 IRHAS gala ceremony presented by the International Restaurant and Hotel Awards was hosted by Mark DeCarlo from Taste of America on the Travel Channel USA. The ceremony celebrated the 2008 Honorees and Grand Award recipients at the home of the Golden Globes, on November 16th, 2008. Hotels and restaurants were exposed during the gala to attendees including:

Irha Award Honorees & Recipients
Celebrity Presenters
Leaders from top industry organizations
Travel and dining editors & critics
Celebrity presenters
IRHA Sponsors, Media Partners & Media Sponsors
Hospitality Industry professionals
Travel and dining enthusiasts
Travel guide publishers and editors
Industry experts
IRHA hotel and restaurant recipients from around the world


*PLEASE NOTE: The 2009/2010 Awards Presentation date and location have yet to be determined.

JUDGING PROCESS

The IRHA Advisory Board collaborates with International Hospitality Awards, Inc. in the creation of category review guides for each subcategory. IRHA conducts research annually in each category field by searching the web, magazines, travel guides and ratings directories, speaking with experts, attending industry expos and events, and coordinating travel and dining excursions. All submissions are then prescreened using the guides without regard to any commercial affiliation between any members of the IRHA community including sponsors, media partners, founders or Board members. Decisions are not determined by restaurant and hotel visits. Scores are based on each subcategory review guide, materials submitted (images, press, menus, designs, awards & accolades, statements etc.) value, quality of experience and interest to travel and dining enthusiasts.

IRHA does not accept or trade money, advertising or promotional consideration, samples, travel or other barter consideration in the selection of IRHA recipients. Submissions that pass the prescreening process become official selections of The International Restaurant & Hotel Awards. The judging panel of restaurant and hotel experts reviews both the physical and online submissions.

All 2008 countrywide recipients and category first place hotels and restaurants were then considered for the IRHA Grand Awards, which were announced at the 2008 IRHAS gala ceremony, including:

International Value Hotel of the Year
International Moderate Hotel of the Year
International Luxury Hotel of the Year
International Value Restaurant of the Year
International Moderate Restaurant of the Year
International Luxury Restaurant of the Year

The first place Best New Restaurants of the Year and Best New Hotels of the Year were awarded IRHAS Statues and received certificates of achievement and maximum exposure. Category recipients also received exposure during the gala through the opening ceremony video and transition segments.

The 2008 IRHA Grand Award recipients received the coveted titles of International Hotel of the Year and International Restaurant of the Year, two tickets to the 2008 IRHAS gala ceremony on November 16th, 2008 in Beverly Hills, CA., IRHA Statues, certificates of achievement and maximum exposure for a year on www.IRHAS.com, at the gala, in promotional marketing and in the 2008 IRHA Book.

HONOREE SELECTION

The distinguished IRHA Advisory Board nominates industry leaders for the IRHAS Honoree titles of Lifetime Achievement, Visionary Award, Achievement in Wine, Achievement in Food & Dining, Achievement in Design, Achievement in Travel & Humanitarian Award. The Advisory Board and Jury then select one nominee to receive each honoree title. For more information on the IRHAS Honorees click Here.

SUPPORTING RECIPIENT & TRAVELER'S VOTE AWARD SELECTION

IRHA statues are presented to those in the creative community who assist travelers and foodies in planning unforgettable experiences. IRHA receives public nominations for eight months prior to the gala ceremony and selects four finalists in each of the following categories:
Best of Travel & Dining in TV . Travel Editor/s of the Year . Best of Travel & Dining in Film . Marketing Campaign of the Year . Best of Travel & Dining in Web . Best of Travel & Dining in Radio . Travel & Dining Publication of the Year. The public and IRHA Jury vote and select the recipients announced the night of The Irhas gala ceremony.



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