Page 2273 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 3 August 2016

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exceeds more than $300 million per annum; its capital value is in excess of $1.8 billion; and its retail sales from the public are over $1 billion per annum. More than 440 people attended the awards night to honour the achievements of the ACT hospitality businesses and employees.

A total of 31 awards were presented on the evening, with two major awards being given to talented industry leaders. The AHA ACT’s John Press Award was won by Brian Smith from Hopscotch and Young & Frisky, and Tarn Morrow from QT Canberra was crowned 2016 member of the year.

The winners included the following: best local, George Harcourt Inn; best restaurant service employee for accommodation, Dharmesh Panvelkar, Crowne Plaza Canberra; best restaurant service employee in the general division, Dexter Nathis, Black Fire Restaurant; best restaurant cookery employee, Nikhi Jain, National Convention Centre; best apprentice chef, Barsha Rai, Joe’s Bar at the East Hotel; best front of house employee, joint winners, Indigo Collins from the Crowne Plaza Canberra and Madison Groom from Doma Hotels; best hotel restaurant, Monster kitchen and bar at Hotel Hotel; best cocktail bar, joint winners, Bar Rochford and Molly; best wine list, Mezzalira; best cafe restaurant, the District; best restaurant, Pomegranate; best bar presentation and service, Public; best meetings and events venue, hotel accommodation, Hyatt Hotel Canberra; best meetings and events venue, general, National Convention Centre; best new or redeveloped venue accommodation, Little National Hotel; best new or redeveloped venue in the general division, Joe’s Bar; best marketed hotel, East Hotel; best environmental practice award, Crowne Plaza Canberra; best late night entertainment venue, Shorty’s; best live entertainment venue, Transit Bar; best sporting entertainment venue, the Dock; best TAB licensed venue, Ducks Nuts bar and grill; best pub bistro, joint winners, Hopscotch and Meating Room; outstanding community service and achievement award, Crowne Plaza Canberra; best suite/apartment hotel, East Hotel; best mid-range accommodation, 3 to 3½ stars, Brassey Hotel; best first-class accommodation, four-star category, Little National Hotel; best superior accommodation, 4½-star category, , QT Canberra; best deluxe accommodation in the five-star category, joint winners, Hotel Hotel and Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

I congratulate all the winners on being recognised for their achievements over the past year. I would also like to congratulate the board and staff of the AHA ACT, particularly the president, Michael Capezio, and the general manager, Jo Scard, for a wonderful evening.

Finally, I would like to conclude by commending the people in the organisation who sponsored the awards, including Asahi Premium Beverages, Schweppes, Carlton & United Breweries, Hostplus, the Mark Agency, Treasury Wine Estates, Tabcorp, Templar, Fox Sports Venues, VisitCanberra, Australian Liquor Marketers, Capital Linen Service, APRA, PFD Food Services, Harvey Norman Commercial Division, ME Bank, Coca-Cola Amatil, ActewAGL, Shape, and the Canberra Institute of Technology.

I thank all those involved in the hospitality sector for the work they do in the territory and for making Canberra such a great place to live.

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