Norway’s HSMAI Young Leader of the Year Award: Helene Hallre Food & Drinks Manager of Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo wins the “Young Leader in the travel industry” award

14 Sep 2014

Helene Hallre walked away with the prestigious award at the travel industry's own selection of emerging young talent.

“On behalf of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, I would like to congratulate Helene on a fantastic award and recognition. We are extremely proud of this achievement by Helene, who is a true inspiration to her colleagues, the Nordic Leadership Team and all other young leaders within the industry”, said Thomas Engelhart, Area Vice President Nordics, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group.

“Helene is an exceptional talent with commitment to both guests and her colleagues. She has risen through the ranks at OsloPlaza with a humble approach towards new challenges and demanding roles. This award is fully deserved and we pride ourselves on Helene's behalf”, said Tarje Hellebust, General Manager Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo.

Helene comments: “I'm proud to be awarded this award and it is a great inspiration to both myself and also for other young leaders in the industry. At Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, my accomplishments have been recognised and this award confirms that I am developing in my role and also contributing.”

As F&D Manager Helene is responsible for a total of 45 employees, and all food and beverage outlets at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo. Including two restaurants, three bars, all banqueting and conference facilities. Helene has also restructured the concept at 34 Restaurant & SkyBar at the top of Oslo Plaza Hotel.

"Young Hotelier of the Year" and "Young Leader of the Year in the travel industry" is organised by HSMAI, in collaboration with HRR and other partners in the tourism industry. Prizes are awarded annually and are awarded to young leaders who have distinguished themselves in the past year, either by exceptionally good results in their work, or who have been innovative in their business and leadership.

Helene is from Nordstrand in Oslo, Master Certificate in International Management from Hawaii Pacific University. She started her career in 2005 at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo. After 3 years at Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel in Stavanger, she came back to Oslo, and has since 2010 worked at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel.