Show Off Your Best Work With LH Design Contest

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It's once again time for Lodging Hospitality's annual Design Awards competition. The Design Awards will run in the April 15 print issue and online, and we need your help identifying the year's best hotel and resort design.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 23. Design firms, brand companies, property owners and operators or their public relations representatives may submit nominations. If you are representing a brand, large portfolio or multiple properties, please pick out the one or two best projects and don't send multiple nominations. If you can't pick a best, we probably won't be able to either. (Here's a look at the projects we showcased last year.)

The contest is open to any hotel or resort in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean that completed construction or major renovation projects during the 2011 calendar year. We'll consider all projects, big and small, as long as they are examples of innovative, impressive, effective and/or efficient design.

As a reminder, this is an informal contest, meant to showcase projects that caught our eyes during the year, or ones that should have. There are no fees to enter, or rewards for that matter, other than a feature in our magazine. The editorial staff determines the properties to be honored.

Nominations must include basic design and property details, including:

• Name and location of the property:

• Developer and/or ownership group:

• Date of completion:

• Cost and scope of project:

• Lead architect and lead design firm involved:

• Description of the property (amount of rooms, other major features and highlights):

• Summary of the design theme:

• Some examples of what makes it stand above the rest:

• Any challenges overcome or other pertinent information not included above:

Nominations also must include six to eight images of the property, including at least one exterior shot, one lobby shot and one guestroom shot. Low-resolution images are acceptable, but award winners will ultimately need to provide high-resolution versions for print publication, so make sure they are available by the deadline date. If press releases and media kits include all the above information, they are acceptable as a nomination. There is no formal nomination form, just make sure you include all the requested information and materials.

Please email nominations to LH Managing Editor Eric Stoessel at eric.stoessel@penton.com or mail them to The Penton Media Bldg, Lodging Hospitality, 1300 E. 9th St., Cleveland, OH 44114 by Friday, March 23. Images can be sent via email, CD or DVD, flash drive or through an online file sharing program.

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