May 2, 2023 

SCOOP learned that luminaries and executives from the hotel and tourism, Broadway, and restaurant industries, will gather on Monday, May 1, 2023 at the “Red Carpet Hospitality Gala,” an Annual Dinner hosted by the Hotel Association of New York City Foundation (HANYC Foundation). The event will feature a dazzling live performance from Adrianna Hicks, star of Broadway’s SOME LIKE IT HOT. The fundraiser will take place at The Pierre Hotel in Manhattan. Proceeds support the HANYC Foundation’s charitable goals.

The event will be co-chaired by Vijay Dandapani, President and CEO, Hotel Association of New York City; Heather Davis, Chair, Hotel Association of New York City Foundation; and Fred Grapstein, Chair, Hotel Association of New York City. The evening willoffer a cocktail reception, dinner, live musical performance, and an award presentation. The event’s Marquee Speaker will be Mer Morse, CEO, MCR.

Leading the all-star list of honorees is hotel visionary Jonathan M. Tisch and celebrity chef/restaurateur Daniel Boulud. The HANYC Foundation will honor Arash Azarbarzin, Chief Executive Officer, Highgate, with the Hospitality Award; Tisch, the Executive Chairman, Loews Hotels & Co, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Boulud, Chef & Restaurateur, Co-President of the Board, Citymeals on Wheels, with the Humanitarian Award.

Co-honoree Tisch has led Loews’ expansion and emergence as a prominent and respected hotel companywith a widely praised culture that embraces the power of partnerships — with team members, guests, communities and owners. He was voted “Hotelier of the World” by HOTELS magazine. Recognized as a statesman for the multi-billion- dollar travel and tourism industry, Tisch is a leader both nationally and locally. For nearly six years Jon was Chairman of NYC & Company, the city’s official tourism agency, and was Chairman of New York Rising, established to bring back visitors and revive the economy after 9/11. Tisch is the author of three best-selling books: The Power of We: Succeeding through Partnerships; Chocolates on the Pillow Aren’t Enough: Reinventing the Customer Experience; and Citizen You: Doing Your Part to Change the World. He was the host of the Emmy nominated television series Beyond the Boardroom.

Also highlighting the list of honoreee Daniel Boulud is a French born chef and restaurateur with restaurants in NewYork City, Palm Beach, Miami, Toronto, Montréal, Singapore, the Bahamas, the Berkshires and Dubai. He is best known for his eponymous restaurant Daniel, in New York City, which currently holds two Michelin stars.

Established in 1878, (HANYC) the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc. is one of the oldest professional trade associations in the nation. Today the Hotel Association of New York City is an internationally recognized leader in New York City’s $7 billion tourism industry, representing nearly 300 of the finest hotels with over 80,000 rooms and approximately 50,000 employees.