The Prince Hotel in Sydney’s south and Headlands Austinmer Beach in the Illawarra have been named the 2017 Hotels of the Year at the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.
The two venues took out the top honours at a gala awards ceremony at The Star Event Centre in front of a crowd of about 1200 industry and business leaders. The Prince, in Kirrawee, had a big night winning Hotel of the Year – City as well as Best Family Friendly Hotel, Best New / Re-developed Hotel and Best Casual Dining Venue Southern.
The Headlands Austinmer Beach won Hotel of the Year – Country, Best Outdoor Experience – Country and Best Pub style accommodation – Deluxe. Popular Sydney hoteliers, Mario and Bill Gravanis, received a standing ovation when they were inducted into the AHA NSW Hall of Fame and received the Cyril Maloney Medal. More than 600 nominations were received for the Awards across a record 50 categories.AHA NSW CEO John Whelan said the annual awards night was about recognising the effort the state’s venues and their 75,000 staff members put in each and every day.
“The Awards for Excellence recognises the best and brightest in the NSW hotel industry – it’s also a chance for hard-working publicans and their teams to celebrate all they’ve achieved over the last year,” Mr Whelan said.
“I would like to congratulate all award winners.”