AHA National Awards for Excellence

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The stars of Australia’s booming hospitality and accommodation industry were honoured in a glittering national function on the Gold Coast last night.

Nearly 500 VIPs and industry guests gathered for the Australian Hotels Association National Awards for Excellence dinner, held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Three Tasmanian businesses received awards on the night: Riversdale Estate for Best Restaurant - Regional, 9/11 Launceston City for Best Retail Liquor Outlet and the Henry Jones Art Hotel for Overall Hotel of the Year - Accomodation division.

THA CEO Steve Old said the wins were well deserved.

"For Tasmania to claim to have the best regional restaurant in the country just goes to show the quality of food and operators we have in our state. The judges were impressed by the quality and presentation of the food at the Riversdale Estate and commented on the friendly and professional staff.
It was also great recognition to the Henry Jones ... for winning such a prestigious award on the national stage.
For 9/11 Launceston City to be judged the best retail liquor outlet ... is a great reward to the hard-working team at Vantage Group in Tasmania.
With hospitality being the third-largest employing industry in the state with around 10 per cent of the workforce, it is vitally important to our state that we have a strong and vibrant industry.
It goes to show what outstanding accomodation venues we have right here in Tasmania." THA CEO Steve Old
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AHA National President Scott Leach said the winners, chosen from more than 5,000 members nationwide, were the reason Australian hotels continue to lead the world.

He said the night was about rewarding new ideas, excellence and old-fashioned hard work in venues ranging from mum and dad run country pubs to huge, five star accommodation hotels.

“The hotel industry is one of the most dynamic in the nation and a week rarely goes by without the launch of new ideas, renovations or complete re-developments at venues right across the country,” said Mr Leach.
“Our industry sets the standard internationally and awards nights are about recognising our greatest asset, our people,” said Mr Leach.