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Yesterday, two of the most prestigious awards in the hospitality industry, IN New York magazine’s Hotel Experience Awards and WHERE New York magazine’s Silver Plume Awards, were united under the umbrella of the Hotel Excellence Awards (HEA). The HEA program, recognizes the very best in the New York City hospitality industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Tim Thompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance, who has supported the efforts in the tourism and hospitality industries. Tompkins has been the President of the Times Square Alliance, since 2002 which works to promote and improve Times Square. Prior to that, he was the Founder and Director of Partnerships for Parks, which works to support New York City’s neighborhood parks. Under his leadership, the organization grew its budget from $50,000 to $2.6 million. He has worked at New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, The New York City Charter Revision Commission, and was briefly the Nationals Editor at the Mexico City News, an English- language newspaper in Mexico.
Past recipients have include: Whoopi Goldberg (Actor), Raymond W. Kelly (Police Commissioner of the City of New York), Jonathan M. Tisch (CEO of Loews Hotels), Tom Lewis (President of Gray Line New York Sightseeing), Joseph E. Spinnato (President and CEO of the Hotel Association of New York City), and Cristyne Nicholas (past President of NYC & Company).