The Jury

The three judges in this year's award panel - Bart Canini, Olaf Leenders and Joanna Pays -have been selected to represent a wide range of experience in hotels for corporate travel. As well as being seasoned business travellers, they are experts in the fields of hotel interior design, hotel technologies and business travel journalism respectively. In this way the judging panel will be able to evaluate in close detail the ensemble of the criteria to be considered.

Bart Canini – Creneau International

Our design expert, Bart Canini is the General Manager for the Hasselt-based head office of Creneau International, a global agency that connects brands, spaces and consumers through design concepts. Established in 1989, the company provides a full service of concepts, consultancy, graphics, interiors and F&B support for projects including hospitality, retail and branding. Throughout the years, Creneau International has built an impressive international portfolio with references such as InterContinental, The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Starwood Hotels, Autogrill, HMS Host, Coca Cola, Nespresso, Hunkemöller, BASE and Levi's.

With his professional and educational background, along with extensive experience in the world of trendsetting designs, Bart Canini will be judging the hotel room design realizations through the eyes of a professional designer and interior architect.

Olaf Leenders – Amadeus Benelux

Our hotel technology specialist, Olaf Leenders is the Operations Director of Amadeus Benelux. In his role he is responsible for Customer Services, Consultancy and Implementation Services, Technical Services, as well as Product Management. Olaf Leenders has a strong background in the hotel environment. Following his degree in Hotel Management, his management positions with international hotel chains such as the Sheraton and Holiday Inn covered a range of Rooms-Division, F&B and IT departments. For Holiday Inn group, he was responsible for managing IT readiness in preparation for new property openings worldwide. He joined Amadeus in 1998, and was marketing director for nearly 8 years before becoming Operations Director Benelux in 2012.

"As a judge I will bring my experience from both within the hotel sector and, from the other side, as a professional who travels for business practically every week. I will be focusing not only on the technological design, but on other criteria that are important to me when travelling – such as the comfort of the room."

Joanna Pays – The Corporate Traveller Magazine

Senior Editor of The Corporate Traveller Magazine for nearly ten years, Joanna Pays has written reports on hotels from around the world – from luxury boutique properties to large business hotels – always with a special focus on the added benefits they bring to corporate travellers. "I will be basing a large part of my judgement on creative room design and features, but also taking note of other hotel facilities that ease the life of corporate travellers. A welcoming and friendly service is also something that I know most of our readers highly appreciate."