We are delighted to introduce the participants of the SO!APART-Award 2018.
The award recognices special achievements in the sector of serviced apartments. Independent of the jury’s evaluation the guests and fans of the applicants decide which serviced apartment
provider will be awarded with an audience award. Because the know the apartments best! The two audience categories are the popular big one and the popular little one. Between 6 July and 19 October 2018 the online voting is open. The house with the most votings will win!
Since 2013 the SO!APART-Awards have been given to outstanding serviced apartments – recognizing the operators’ excellent performance.
The best serviced apartments will be awarded at the renowned industry meeting SO!APART attended by the important players of the sector. Operators, investors, developers and service providers celebrate the winners of the SO!APART-Awards.
Our great jury decides which serviced apartment provider will be honoured with an award in the categories "small and precious", "grand and great - classical apartment house", "grand and great - aparthotel" and "new and different" and also with a Special Award for an outstanding performance in the sector of serviced apartments.
Different personalities who are at home in the apartment world give the jury a face and will select the best of the best. Five candidates in each category will be selected from the applications.
We are delighted to welcome in the jury:
|Sabine Galas has been chief editor of the business travel magazine BUSINESS TRAVELLER since December 2013. It has been on the German market for over 25 years and is the only print title in the segment of the public magazines directly addressed to the traveller. Before Sabine Galas took over the management of the editorial department, she had already worked for almost three years as deputy and "second hand" to her predecessor and current editor Marc Tügel. The experienced magazine editor can look back on around 30 years of professional experience. Her career includes more than ten years in editing the lifestyle titles Golf Journal, Golf & Travel and Segel Journal (all published by Atlas Verlag), managing the press office of the German Golf Teachers Association PGA of Germany and final editing at the investor magazine Börse Online (Gruner & Jahr).|
Anett Gregorius feels at home within the serviced apartments segment. She graduated in 1998 in business administration and already laid the foundation for her professional Career with her diploma thesis "Presentation and evaluation of the development trends of serviced apartments in the German accommodation market". In 1999, she founded the company Boardinghouse Consulting (now: Apartmentservice Consulting) and introduced the brand Apartmentservice as the first independent specialized booking platform for serviced apartments in Germany in 2001. Through constant observation of the market Anett Gregorius has a precise and up-to-date market overview. Annually, she publishes a market survey of operators of serviced apartments in Germany. Together with Matthias Niemeyer, she is the editor of a compendium about temporary living (Kompendium des Temporären Wohnens).
Sylvie Konzack is editor-in-chief of the new online travel magazine Bleisure Traveller, which presents metropolises worldwide and nearby destinations for business travellers who extend their business trip by two or three days in private. She also works as a freelance journalist for various magazines. Until the end of 2017 she worked for twelve years in the editorial office of the hotel magazine first class, since 2012 as editor-in-chief. The development of the Serviced Apartments segment has been the subject of many of her articles for many years, including the "Marktreport Serviced Apartments 2018". Since 2013 she supports SO!APART as author and jury member.
Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk is the author of numerous design books. She teaches at the University of Coburg, is a member of the jury at various international competitions and co-director of JOI-Design, one of Europe's leading interior design studios, which she manages together with her husband Peter Joehnk. The studio deals with privately run, fine and small boutique hotels as well as young trendy hotels and luxurious hotel chains. To date, JOI-Design has realised over 300 hotel projects and has received numerous international awards: The concept for Le Méridien Hamburg was awarded the German Design Award 2018 for its sensitive approach to the location and the adaptation of the interior design. In 2017, the design studio was voted "Interior Design Office of the Year" at the LTG Awards for its diverse local and brand-typical hotel designs.
Sandra Lederer is deputy editor-in-chief of hotelbau magazine. Already during her political studies she devoted herself to journalism and learned the trade in the local section of a daily newspaper. Since 2014, she has been working for various specialist titles in the construction and real estate sector of the Forum Media Group. She finally found a new professional home at hotelbau, where she is responsible for a variety of topics and events, including those in the growing serviced apartments segment.
Petra Naoum is event manager and internal auditor in the finance and controlling Department of Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) in Cologne since 2009. Being responsible for the event management service of the DLR she has more than 20 years of broad work experience concerning project and event management. After graduating university and an apprenticeship she started an extra occupational university course graduating in international event management. In addition, she is a trained EFQM Assessor, DGQ-Qualitätsbeauftragte (QM Manager) and internal auditor, Sustainability Consultant in the Meetings Industry as well as a trainer (Ausbildereignungsprüfung). Besides quality management and the development of the meeting management she supports and consults the institutes and departments of the DLR regarding conception, planning and organistaion of conventions, conferences and symposia. Avocational, she is auditor and controller for the certificates Certified Business Hotel, Certified Conference Hotel, Certified Green Hotel and Certified Serviced Apartment of the Verband Deutsches Reisemanagement e.V. (VDR) (The German Business Travel Association).
|Uwe Niemann, aged 56, is head of hotel financing at Deutsche Hypo in Hanover, a 100 % daughter of NORD/LB. Since his vocational training at NORD/LB he has worked for various real estate divisions of the bank. He changed to Deutsche Hypo in 2008. Specialised in hotels he has been responsible for all high-volume financing projects in the hotel segment at NORD/LB Group in Germany and Austria since 2003. The group reports a finance volume of about EUR 1.3 bn. for about 70 hotels in Europe.|
2-time winner 2016 - VISIONAPARTMENTS Zurich Militaerstrasse, Zurich
Bierwirth & Kluth
winner 2016 - Gästeresidenz PelikanViertel, Hanover
winner 2016 - SERVICED APARTMENTS IM LEBENDIGEN HAUS, Dresden
winner 2014 - The Circus Apartments, Berlin
2-time winner 2017 - Soulmade, Munich
winner 2017 - Adapt Apartments, Berlin