John Murtha, General Manager of the Omni Parker House in Boston and Area Managing Director for Omni Hotels and Resorts was honored by New England Inns & Resorts Association (NEIRA) with their Masters of New England Innkeeping Award on October 30th at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine, announced NEIRA CEO Beth Steucek. NEIRA's highest award honors hospitality professionals who have made a lasting contribution to the culture of New England hospitality. "John is well known for his leadership in the hospitality industry," said Steucek, "Nominated by his peers for this award, and as a past Chairman of the Association, John has been a source of inspiration for hoteliers and Innkeepers all over New England with his deep industry knowledge and breadth of experience." Murtha is a 40-year veteran of the industry with 25 years of experience as general manager of urban and resort hotels in the U.S. and Caribbean. Since 2007 Murtha has been General Manager of Boston's Omni Parker House, the longest continuously operating hotel in the United States, and is the area Managing Director responsible for the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Omni New Haven Hotel, Omni Providence Hotel and the Omni Mt. Washington Resort. Murtha has been a mentor to future hospitality students as an adjunct instructor in destination marketing and hospitality management at Boston University's School of Hospitality Administration and is also Vice Chair of the University of New Hampshire International Hospitality Management Advisory Board.