The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is renowned worldwide for awarding excellence in the global travel and luxury services sector. Each year the Academy bestows its coveted International Star Diamond Award Exclusively on Five Star establishments.This award is the most prestigious emblem of achievement and true quality in the hospitality industry worldwide. All its recipients are deemed to be of pinnacle quality and global recognition.The Academy was originally formed as an International Restaurant Rating  Bureau in 1949 in Chicago, Illinois. Forty years later, in 1989, Joseph Cinque relocated the organization’s headquarters from Chicago to New York City, where it  is still based today. The name of the Academy was changed and trademarked to The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences to include five star hotels, ect. The Breadth of the award’s recognition was also expanded Internationally.Under Mr. Cinque’s leadership, the Academy has evolved into an International powerhouse network with affiliates  around the world. Today, The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences is the only organization that awards  excellence in the luxury travel service sector worldwide, and the Academy’s International Star Diamond Award is the only award program that recognizes excellence on a global level. The Academy has global offices in New York, California  Colorado, Palm Beach, Beijing, China, Cannes, Greece, and Tokyo.The International Board of Trustees is made up of respected leaders in the industry and whom themselves, are world  travelers. Valuable sources from around the globe routinely submit nominations of Five Star establishments to The Academy for review. The Board then refines the selection to those who qualify for the ultimate evaluation.Among those recognized worldwide by the American Academy are Five and Six Star quality Hotels, Spas, Golf Courses, Restaurants, Chefs, Destinations, Airlines, Cruise lines, and Products. Evaluations are based primarily on hospitality, attitude, quality, cleanliness and above all, service. The decisions of the American Academy are based exclusively on the  demonstration of commitment to excellence in luxury and service within its category and classification.

This standard  of dedication is what sets the American Academy’s Internationally recognized Star Diamond Award apart from all others. For over a decade, the Academy has hosted an annual Gala ceremony in Berlin during the ITB show, the largest international travel trade convention in the world, and as well as in Cannes, France during the ITLM show. Past AAHS events  were held in Berlin, Germany, at the Four Season Hotel, and The Hotel Adlon Kempinski.In the past, the Academy’s President Mr. Joseph Cinque has assembled a series of Celebrity Chef Teams including Alain Ducasse, Ferran Adriá, Joël Robuchon, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Heinz Beck, Annie Fèolde, Heinz Winkler,  Dieter Müller,Marc Haberlin, Daniel Boulud, Gabrielle Kreuther, and David Burke, among others. Recently inducted  Michelin Star Chefs include Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, and Harald Wohlfahrt.The Academy continues to bring world-class chefs to the forefront of the culinary landscape by hosting various cooking  events that united together the many talents and flavors of the world’s finest cuisine. Joined together with the American Academy’s other recipients, this network represent the finest luxury goods and services the world has to offer.Members of the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences are part of an exclusive network of professionals within the luxury sector of the hospitality industry. The Academy’s International Star Diamond Award is the only award program that recognizes excellence on a global level.The Academy expanded the breadth of recognition of the International Star Diamond Award beyond Five Star Hotels and Restaurants to includeResorts, Airlines, Cruise Lines, Spas, Golf Clubs, Destinations, Chefs and Luxury Products. This coveted award recognizes a commitment to excellence in luxury and service, and all evaluations are based primarily on exceptional service, superb facilities, ambiance, attitude, gastronomy, cleanliness and above all, hospitality. The International Star Diamond Award is the most prestigious emblem of achievement and true quality; an award many strive for, but few obtain.