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Lodging association to recognize excellent service

As Park City has changed over the years, the Park City Area Lodging Association began to recognize a need to honor the best in the service and lodging industry.

To do that, the association has created the Black Diamond Awards, which will be voted on by members of the community and will be given to recipients in several categories. The inaugural awards presentation will be held Jan. 7 at the Montage Deer Valley.

Chris Eggleton, general manager of Newpark Resort and president of the lodging association, said the group had long considered creating its own award but the time wasn’t right until recently, as Park City has transitioned from its small-town roots into a top destination for visitors.

"We’ve brought in a remarkable new undercurrent of lodging and hospitality and guest services," Eggleton said. "You’ve just seen a dramatic change in the way the community services its guests. They are delivering higher levels of service, and new products are coming online. We’ve sort of gone from a small mountain mining town with a bunch of condominiums to a five-star resort town."

The awards will be given in six categories, as follows: Lodging front of house, lodging back of house, food and beverage front of house, food and beverage back of house, manager of the year and vendor of the year. A Double Black Diamond Award will also be given to the person who has most inspired others for the betterment of the local lodging community.

The community is invited to nominate people for the awards and attend the awards banquet. To vote, or for more information, visit pcala.org. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 17.