The "Star Diamond" award has been giving to over a dozen of Donald Trump's golf courses, hotels, casinos and private clubs. The award is presented by American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and supposedly represents “the most prestigious award of true excellence in hospitality.”
Turns out the "Star Diamond" is closer to a "gold star" your mommy gives you when you draw her a picture. It's a bit bias when it comes to who wins.
Journalist, Zach Everson sent out a series of tweets breaking down the connection between American Academy of Hospitality Sciences and Trump. With this information, the Star Diamond feels less like an award and more like a participation trophy.
1. Trump Hotel DC claims 5-star rating— Zach Everson (@Z_Everson) January 12, 2018
2. PR rep told me it's from American Academy of Hospitality Sciences
3. Looked up that group: almost all North American hotels it features are Trump's
4. Found @AP story documenting academy's tie to Trumphttps://t.co/LDh4XB1uYt pic.twitter.com/QPNi6daF26
1. May 2016, Trump distances himself from American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' head/convicted felon Joseph “Joey No Socks” Cinque to @AP— Zach Everson (@Z_Everson) January 12, 2018
2. After AP story, Trump Hotels in DC, Vancouver open. Both appear on academy's site.
3. Trump Bedminster GM is listed as on academy board pic.twitter.com/CWpCnB4xkN
An AP article pointed out the close connection between Trump and the "impartial" hospitality organization.
An AP review shows that about half the roughly 30 American Academy of Hospitality Sciences trustees listed in the company’s own press materials appear to be Trump friends and business associates.At one point, Trump’s two adult sons; the chief operating officer of the Trump Organization, Matthew Calamari; and Trump’s longtime butler, Anthony Senecal; all served as trustees simultaneously.
American Academy of Hospitality Sciences—which Trump Hotel DC credits with its five-star rating—also lists Trump SoHo New York as an award recipient on its website.— Zach Everson (@Z_Everson) January 12, 2018
Trump's name came off that hotel in December. https://t.co/03DLHDxKgv pic.twitter.com/clPJTn5zSe
Trump tried to distance himself from American Academy of Hospitality, Joseph Cinque, saying he barely knows him. The separations doesn't to appear to have lasted long.
Joseph Cinque—whose American Academy of Hospitality Sciences awarded Trump Hotel DC its 5-star rating—rang in 2017 at Mar-A-Largo. After Trump distanced himself from the convicted felon. (Via @gbennettpost for @pbpost, H/Ts @tampagirl19655, @DerWouter)https://t.co/g5458i3Yiq— Zach Everson (@Z_Everson) January 12, 2018
People weren't particularly shocked that there was shady business going on.
"John Barron and John Miller give Trump International Hotel TEN STARS!"— Eric Williams (@Eric_Williams_1) January 12, 2018
"My mom says I'm great."— J Wood (@mxyzplx) January 12, 2018
That's what that five-star rating is worth.