Hospitality & Society Award

The Hospitality & Society Award is open to all full hospitality papers submitted and accepted for the annual conference. The award is for refereed papers submitted to the Conference Committee in full, by a date specified by the committee. The nominated papers are judged by a sub-committee of Hospitality & Society. The winner is presented with a certificate at the Annual Conference Dinner. Short-listed submissions may be invited to submit to Hospitality & Society for possible publication, subject to the journal’s review processes.

Selection Criteria


Topic – of relevance and importance to the wider field of tourism and hospitality research
Content – innovative, original and support a set of findings, implications and conclusions with significant potential and value
Choice and implementation of methodology – clearly explained by the author(s)
Writing style – accurate, clear, concise and readable


Focus – particularly welcome are philosophical and sociological critiques of hospitality as principle as well as practice (e.g. host/guest relations). Context can be tourism, events or even domestic domains, but mobilising ‘hospitality’ (hospitableness, hospitality, hospitable, hospitalitarian etc) conceptually.

Previous Winners

2021 Juan (Annie) Yang, Griffith University, Destination Australia: To study or not to study?

2020 Ann Cameron, Whitireia New Zealand, History and hospitality – philosophical musings on the interaction of historiography and paradigm

2019 Brian Hay, Heriot-Watt University, The campus hotel: Commercial hospitality space on a UK public university and some insights for Australian universities

2018 Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia, The walled off: The paradoxes and promises of Banksy’s hotel in Palestine

2017 Ann Cameron, Whitireia New Zealand, Genial hosts and charming rogues – hotel proprietors in New Zealand 1890 – 1900

2014 Brian Hay, Heriot-Watt University, Checking out: Hotels as places for the end of life