As part of the German Hotel Congress, the prestigious industry award “Hotelier of the Year” from the ahgz (Allgemeine Hotellerie und Gastronomie Zeitung) was awarded in a festive gala last night. Around 1,000 invited guests came to the summit meeting of the hotel industry, which took place in the Europapark Rust. Michael Struck, founder and CEO of the Munich-based Ruby Hotel Group was honoured with the Special Award for his success and innovations in the hotel industry.
The ahgz has been honouring outstanding achievements in the hotel industry since 1990. This year's jury consisted of 11 industry experts. The evening was moderated by Rolf Westermann, Editor-in-Chief of ahgz, and actress Jessica Schwarz. The jury commented on the presentation of the “Special Award” to Michael Struck as follows: “With his philosophy of 'Lean Luxury', Michael Struck has developed the Ruby Hotel concept, which he has been implementing nationally and internationally with great success for ten years now. After rolling out in Germany and Europe, as well as launching in Asia, New York is now also on the wish list. The cooperation with renowned investors secures the expansion. The key points of the lean concept are: These are all top locations; the use of space and the processes are optimised like in few other hotels. Space is used wisely; check-in is in seconds and a bar is available around the clock for relaxation.”
Michael Struck created Ruby in 2012, founded the company in 2013, and today there are 15 hotels in operation and 21 more under construction. Ruby employs over 500 people in 11 countries, including Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Malta, Ireland, France, Austria, and Italy, as well as a joint venture in China.
Michael Struck is delighted: “Ruby’s success is only possible thanks to the commitment and great performance of the entire team, every day. We are all very happy”.