Putter HAN Personality of the Year 2016
At last week’s gala dinner and tourism awards hosted by the Hospitality Association of Namibia (HAN), its Chairman, Rudie Putter received the main award, Personality of the Year 2016.
The annual HAN gala dinner serves as the platform to recognise and award individuals and enterprises for their contribution to the local tourism industry.
This week HAN said it has become tradition, since 1991, to make the Personality of the Year award to a person of calibre, someone who selflessly commits time, effort and energy to promote the interests of HAN. This person represents the opinions, views and concerns of the collective accommodation sector and engages with stakeholders, authorities and decision-makers to ensure that tourism accommodation is recognized for the impact it has on national development and the national economy in general.
“The selection committee for the HAN Personality of the Year nomination consists of previous recipients, 25 in total thus far, of which seven were ladies, and seven were HAN Chairmen prior to or at the time of nomination for this special award.”
Describing Putter the man, HAN said “the 26th HAN Personality the Year is a man, and someone, whom the selection committee describes as being actively involved in the Namibian tourism industry; always keeping an open mind for the entire industry, not just his niche, which is inspiring. He is well spoken, extremely well-informed, and does not shy away from taking on enormous amounts of extra work, sitting through lengthy workshops during which he provides valuable advice and submissions, be it on policy discussions for tourism or other laws affecting our industry, – availing himself to serve on Company and Advisory Boards for the good of the industry, and most of this in his free time, with no remuneration or any other form of gratitude.”