Garvan O’Doherty receiving his Hospitality Hero award.
Garvan O’Doherty, CEO of The Garvan O’Doherty Group (GODG), had the award bestowed by Hospitality Review NI at this year’s Northern Ireland Hotels’ Federation President’s Annual Gala Dinner.
The award acknowledges Garvan’s outstanding contribution to the hospitality industry in Northern Ireland and recognizes the difference he has made to the industry.
Previously the ‘Hospitality Hero’ award was received by Alan Clarke, CEO of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board in 2012 and in 2011 by Sir William Hastings, Chairman and founder of the Hastings Hotel Group.
In his acceptance speech Garvan, the popular Derry entrepreneur said he was “truly honoured”.
He said: ‘I am truly honoured to receive this award. It is a reflection of the great team I have working with me across all GODG hospitality interests.
“My team and I are passionate about our business and our beautiful City of Derry and the region.
“In my role as Chairman of Londonderry Port and Harbour I am also so pleased that strong contributions have been made via the Foyle Marina, sponsorship of Clipper and Fleadh events and helping to develop Derry and The North West as a must-see tourist destination. “
Mr O’Doherty continued: “The City of Culture 2013 events mark a renaissance of our beautiful city.
“I am proud to be doing all I can to maximise its potential for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike.”
Thanking the Northern Ireland Hotels’ Federation and Hospitality Review for giving him the prized award, Mr O’Doherty said: “I am proud to join the ranks of other winners but most of all I want to thank my family and staff for their unstinting support, dedication and loyalty.’
Award sponsor James Greer, of Hospitality Review NI, Northern Ireland’s leading hospitality industry magazine, paid tribute to Garvan’s achievements.
He said: “Garvan is a worthy winner of our award. As well as his innovative contribution to the hospitality and tourism industry he has also played an important role in social and economic regeneration in the North West.”
Garvan O’Doherty is regarded as one of the key figures in Derry’s business community.
As well as his own business interests, he has played a pivotal role in helping resolve issues of concern to the city.
He was central to helping broker a peaceful resolution to the issue of contentious loyalist parades which led to negotiation between the Bogside Residents’ Group and the Apprentice Boys, now regarded as a model for the rest of Northern Ireland to follow.