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The WAVE Awards
The WAVE Awards, standing for Way Above Visitor Expectations, were created to recognize excellence in hospitality in Grand Rapids and Kent County. Every day, service providers create a positive experience for guests and residents, and it is the goal of the WAVE Awards that the hard work and dedication of these individuals is truly noticed. Please take a moment to show your appreciation by submitting a nomination and sharing your story of excellent service.
2013 WAVE Award Winners Announced
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (November 7, 2013) - Experience Grand Rapids (EXGR) and the Kent County Lodging Association (KCLA) today announced the 2013 winners of the 6th Annual Way Above Visitor Expectations (WAVE) Awards - a program that recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry.
Guests and employers nominated over 55 individuals in eight categories between April and October. A judging panel evaluated the nominees on a set of criteria, including the individual's attitude, attentiveness, performance, knowledge and consistency within the local hospitality industry. Winners were selected in the categories of Restaurants/Breweries, Attraction/Events, Lodging 150+ Rooms, Lodging less than 150 Rooms, Nightlife, Retail/Service, Volunteer in Hospitality and Transportation.
Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees! We will be recognizing all winners and nominees at The Fifth Annual Impacting Hospitality Celebration (a private event by invitation only), held November 8, 2012 at DeVos Place - a kickoff to the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival. We hope to see all of you there!
Congratulations to all of our winners and nominees! We will be recognizing all winners and nominees at The Impacting Hospitality Celebration (a private event by invitation only), held November 17, 2011 at DeVos Place - a kickoff to the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival. We hope to see all of you there!