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And the AHA winners for 2015 are…

By Canfan 28 July 2015 0

Canberra’s newest and most popular licensed bars, restaurants, nightclubs and accommodation hotels were applauded at the 2015 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) ACT Hospitality Awards last night.

Following a record number of entries, more than 460 industry, political and hospitality leaders attended the black-tie event to honour the outstanding achievements of ACT hospitality businesses and employees. 

More than 35 sponsored awards were presented including Best Deluxe (5-star) Hotel, Best Cocktail Bar and Best Restaurant as well as two new awards including the Best Tourism Initiative, won by Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Hosted by Sky News Political Reporter Laura Jayes, the AHA ACT’s ‘Night of Nights’ recognised local hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, bars, cafés and their employees for outstanding hospitality achievements, success and service.

AHA ACT General Manager Brad Watts said this year’s event once again celebrated innovative newcomers in new entertainment precincts as well as well-established venues:

  • East Hotel – Best Suite Apartment Hotel, Best Superior Accommodation (4.5 star) and Member of the Year (Mr Todd Handy)
  • Hotel Hotel – Best Deluxe Accommodation (5 Star), Best Bar in a Hotel and a Commendation for Best Hotel Restaurant for Monster Kitchen & Bar
  • Hopscotch – Best Bar Presentation and Service, Pub Bistro and a Commendation in Best New/Redeveloped Venue.

“From a popular Braddon gastro-pub to a unique, five-star hotel and a world-class wildlife retreat, this year’s winners showcased innovation and progression across the ACT’s growing hospitality sector,” Mr Watts said.

The hotel, hospitality and tourism sector is vital to the ACT’s economy with the latest figures showing the industry generates more than $1.6 billion a year for the economy and employs around 14,700 people.  The hospitality industry is an important long-term growth sector.

Two major awards were also bestowed on talented industry leaders:  AHA ACT’s John Press Award was won by David Quinn from The Duxton while Todd Handy from East Hotel was crowned 2015 Member of the Year.

“AHA ACT sincerely thanked all key sponsors and event partners including the NCC for their generous support and making the 2015 Awards night such a memorable success,” Mr Watts said.  To read more about the Awards, visit www.actaha.org.au

See below for the full list of 2015 AHA ACT Hospitality Award winners:

 

AHA ACT Award

Award Winner

1.     

John Press Award

David Quinn, The Duxton

2.     

Member of the Year

Todd Handy, East Hotel

3.     

Hall of Fame

Hotel Realm

4.     

Best Restaurant Service Employee (Accom)

Bryan Cronan – Avenue Hotel Canberra

5.     

Best Restaurant Service Employee (Gen)

Jordan Hackett – Taze

6.     

Best Restaurant Cookery Employee

Prasantha Giragama – Crowne Plaza Canberra

7.     

Best Apprentice Chef

Tara Chainey – Walt & Burley

8.     

Best Front of House Employee

Sunil Choudhary – Crowne Plaza Canberra

9.     

Best Bar Service Employee (Accom)

Kyle Papworth – Avenue Hotel Canberra

10.   

Best Bar Service Employee (General)

Liam Thomson – The George Harcourt Inn

11.   

Best Bar in a Hotel

Monster Kitchen & Bar – Hotel Hotel

12.   

Best Hotel Restaurant

Lilo Tang – Burbury Hotel

13.   

Best Cocktail Bar

Molly

14.   

Best Wine List

Capitol Bar & Grill – QT Canberra

15.   

Best Café Restaurant

The District

16.   

Best Restaurant

Pialligo Estate

17.   

Best Prestigious Restaurant

Capitol Bar & Grill – QT Canberra

18.   

Best Bar Presentation and Service

Hopscotch

19.   

Best Meetings and Events Hotel (Accomm)

Hyatt Hotel Canberra

20.   

Best Meetings and Events Venue (Gen)

National Convention Centre

21.   

Best New/Redeveloped Venue (Accomm)

Avenue Hotel Canberra

22.   

Best New/Redeveloped Venue (Gen)

Bentspoke Brewing Co.

23.   

Best Marketed Hotel

Burbury Hotel

24.   

Best Environmental Practice

Crowne Plaza Canberra

25.   

Best Late Night Entertainment Venue

Knightsbridge Penthouse

26.   

Best Live Entertainment Venue

Academy

27.   

Best Sporting Entertainment Venue

The Dock

28.   

Best TAB Licensed Venue

The Statesman Hotel

29.   

Best Local

The George Harcourt Inn

30.   

Best Pub Bistro

Hopscotch

31.   

Best Tourism Initiative

Jamala Wildlife Lodge

32.   

Best Suite/Apartment Hotel

East Hotel

33.   

Best First Class Accommodation (3-4 Star)

Premier Hotel and Apartments

34.   

Best Superior Accommodation (4.5 Star)

East Hotel

35.   

Best Deluxe Accommodation (5 Star)

Hotel Hotel

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