Inside Asian Gaming has announced that, as of the stroke of midnight on the morning of Thursday 17 August 2023 (Manila time), public nominations officially closed for the inaugural IAG Academy IR Awards, to be held at The Ballroom at Hilton Manila, Newport World Resorts, on the evening of Wednesday 13 September 2023.
The IAG team has been processing the nominations through the night and can now announce that a total of 432 public nominations were received for the Awards.
There has been unprecedented interest in the IAG Academy IR Awards, which will comprise 20 award categories separated into four divisions: Resort, Gaming, Corporate and Industry, followed by a special Hall of Honor ceremony honoring individuals in the Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort industry who have made or are making important industry contributions.
The team at IAG is working day and night to process the hundreds of nominations, and the Official Nominations will be announced this coming Monday 21 August, with judges to cast their votes between 31 August and 9 September.
Judging Panel Chairman and IAG Vice Chairman and CEO Andrew W Scott said, “We’ve been overwhelmed at the sheer volume of nominations rolling in. It even crashed the iagacad.com website at one stage and it took us 30 minutes to get it back online. We’ve had nominations from all over Asia wherever IRs are found: Macau, the Philippines, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, New Zealand, Korea, Vietnam and even Russia! We’ve also had many nominations for industry suppliers and their products.
“The creativity and hard work that has gone into creating PDFs and video to support the nominations has been inspiring. The competition is very hot and just to be selected as an Official Nominee will be an achievement to be proud of.”
All winners will be announced at a live in-person event with a black-tie gala dinner held in The Ballroom at Hilton Manila, Newport World Resorts, on the evening of Wednesday 13 September 2023.
The full list of awards is as follows:
Division 1: RESORT OFFERINGS
Elements of Asia-Pacific based Integrated Resorts other than gaming.
- Best Overall Architectural Impact of an IR
- Best IR Resort Attraction
- Best Overall Retail Offering by an IR
- Best Overall F&B Offering by an IR
- Best Hotel Attached to an IR
Division 2: GAMING OFFERINGS
Gaming elements of Asia-Pacific based Integrated Resorts.
- Best Slot Solution
- Best Electronic Table Game (ETG) Solution
- Best Table Game Solution
- Best Membership Program
- Best Gaming Floor
Division 3: CORPORATE AWARDS
Elements that relate to overall governance and activities of companies that operate Asia-Pacific based Integrated Resort businesses.
- Best CSR Initiative
- Best Overall CSR Program
- Best Legal and Compliance Program
- Best Integrated Resort Workplace
- Best Corporate Image
Division 4: INDUSTRY AWARDS
Elements relating to the wider industry of and serving Integrated Resorts in the Asia-Pacific region.
- Best Industry Solution
- Best Industry Innovation
- Best Industry Supplier
- Best Regional Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort (outside Macau or Singapore)
- Best Integrated Resort
HALL OF HONOR
Honoring individuals in the Asia-Pacific Integrated Resort industry who have made or are making important industry contributions.
Three industry performers will be recognized for their contributions and potential. They must be turning 40 or younger in the year of the Awards (date of birth 1 Jan 1983 or later).
As in 2021, three industry icons will be inducted, bringing the total number of industry icons to six, as there were no Awards in 2022 due to the pandemic.
To be awarded to an industry CEO (or highest management officer in an industry organization) in recognition of their innovation, creativity, leadership and original thinking.
To be awarded from 2024, with one of the then-pool of Industry Icons being voted as an Industry Legend.
More information on the awards categories including a detailed description of each is available at iagacad.com/ir-awards-awards-categories.
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