AHEAD is the leading Awards for Hospitality Experience and Design, organised by Sleeper.

Each year, the series celebrates the achievements of those shaping the hospitality design industry, with the awards divided into four regions – Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa (MEA), and Europe. There are a range of categories to enter, recognising everything from hotel newbuilds to hotel renovations, as well as their stand-out areas such as bars, restaurants, spas and more.

Entries are judged by four prestigious panels comprising top names from the hospitality design world, before the winners are then announced at regional ceremonies. In September, AHEAD Asia takes place in Singapore followed by AHEAD Americas in New York. In November, AHEAD MEA takes place Dubai before AHEAD Europe marks the end of the series' regional awards in London.

Once the regional winners have been announced, the annual AHEAD 100 is released; a global list of the best new hotel openings, showcasing the projects that received the most votes as part of AHEAD's judging process. This is then whittled down to a global Top 10 projects, counting down to the Ultimate Accolade, the most coveted award of the series.

Entries for AHEAD's 2024 series open Wednesday 24 January. Download the entry guidelines for more information. 

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