In 2012, Matthew Wu, concierge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in Vancouver, BC, was the Canadian nominee to participate in the prestigious Andy Pongco Award contest, held during the 59th International Congress, in London, England. Matthew had some very strong competition from 10 other young Concierges from around the world and he emerged as the winner of the contest.
He is the only Canadian to win the Andy Pongco Award.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver BC
Matthew, Concierge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, was born in Singapore & grew up in Vancouver. Having also worked as a resort Concierge in the Canadian Rockies, his favourite pastimes are hiking, board games, and travelling. Matthew is honoured to be the first North American & specifically, Canadian, to garner the award, and hopes to leave a legacy as a result.
- Gary Lee, Australia
- Barroso Caiado, Brazil
- Greg Van Bulck, Belgium
- Matthew Wu, Canada
- Geraldine Carnus, France
- Martin Ruschitzka, Germany
- Barnabas Kovesdi, Hungary
- Sharezad Wahid, Malaysia
- Anna Endrihovskaia, Russia
- Jonathan Schmitt, Switzerland
- Adam Lieberman, USA
The Andy Pongco Award was established at the 55th Les Clefs d’Or International Congress in Denmark, 2008 to honour the memory of Andy Pongco (an international honorary president), by recognising and encouraging young members to become active participants in our global network. The prize for the recipient of the award is an invitation to the next Les Clefs d’Or International Congress (registration and airfare included). Each year the award is sponsored by a different partner: American Express, Elite Rent a Car, Concierge Assistant, Lucien Barriere Majestic Cannes, etc…
It is the intention of all of us at Les Clefs d’Or International to encourage as many countries as possible to present profiles of capable young members. We intend to see this friendly challenge continue for many years to come and therefore, enable us to detect the elite of tomorrow’s Concierge Clefs d’Or. In order for all countries to participate on an equal basis, please note the candidate qualification requirements and the rules of entry.
The candidate must be:
- A “Clefs d’Or” member
- Under 35 years of age
- Participating at his/her very first international congress
- Nominated by his/her member section
- Fluent in English
- Must have the title “Concierge” and a hotel issued business card
In service through friendship – Le service par l’amitié,
Le St-Sulpice Hôtel Montréal
Directeur des Relations Publiques,
Public Relations Director, Les Clefs d’Or Canada
«40 Years in 40 Days». 1976-2016
We will relive with you our rich history, one year at a time, and remember the amazing people who made it all happen since the day of our adhesion to the International association of Hotel Concierges, Les Clefs d’Or – UICH.