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TAA celebrates big names in the industry at NSW awards

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More than 600 industry and political leaders from NSW’s tourist accommodation sector came together for a long-awaited night of celebration on Wednesday to recognize the leading performers at the 2022 Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards for Excellence .

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley won the grand prize of the evening, Luxury Hotel of the Year, while Crown Towers Sydney took the Highly Commended award. The Star Sydney has been named Metropolitan Superior Hotel of the Year, while team members at Four Seasons, Sydney have won a number of coveted awards, including Concierge of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year, Sales and Marketing Talent of the Year and Highly Congratulations for the rising star in the hospitality industry.

The Langham, Sydney was again recognized for its outstanding community contribution, while Rydges Newcastle won Midscale Hotel of the Year and Crystalbrook Byron was named Redeveloped/Renovated Hotel of the Year.

Apartment/Suite Hotel of the Year went to Skye Suites, Sydney.

“We were incredibly honored to have been nominated not once, but three times at our Sydney hotels for this category,” said Skye Suites, Australasia, Hotel Manager, David Bowen.

“Our Property General Manager, Melaine Robinson, has created the perfect combination of a commercial function with a resort feel. With her dedicated team and attention to detail, Melaine has continued to meet all industry standards and to stand out in a city full of 5-star properties, which is no small feat on top of tackling over two years of COVID.

The event’s top Hotel Manager of the Year award went to Shaun O’Bryan of Oaks Cyrpress Lakes Resort and Elysia Wellness Retreat,

Minor Hotels Australia and New Zealand. Chief Operating Officer Craig Hooley congratulated O’Bryan and praised his “outstanding leadership, determination and innovation throughout the past year.”

This year’s Hall of Fame inductee was industry icon Peter Tudehope of the Radisson Hotel Group.

TAA NSW and National CEO Michael Johnson said Tudehope brings both a level of compassion and humility to his role and is known for looking after his team.

“During the pandemic, we have seen thousands of people abandon our hotels to work in other industries, but our inductee has only lost a handful. Their loyalty is the greatest honor a leader can ever hope to receive,” Johnson said.

The gala at Sydney’s Fullerton Hotel saw the TAA and the Accommodation Association (AA) come together for the first time in a formal awards ceremony, as key industry bodies close in on the merger with Accommodation Australia.

TAA NSW President Richard Doyle welcomed Accommodation Association members to the awards for the first time, saying it was “another step in the successful merger of our two great associations. “.

The full list of winners of the TAA NSW Awards for Excellence 2022:

BEST INNOVATION PROJECT

WINNER: Rydges Sydney Central

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTION

WINNER: The Langham, Sydney

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Rydges Sydney Airport

BEST MARKETING CAMPAIGN

WINNER: Hyatt Regency Sydney

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Shangri La Sydney

ENGINEER OF THE YEAR

WINNER: James Finn Rydges World Square

FINANCIAL TALENT OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Stephen Shao Mercury Sydney

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Teresa Rotondo Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor

REVENUE/PERFORMANCE TALENT OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Priscilla Nealon PARKROYAL Parramatta

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Amber Sarney Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley

FOOD AND DRINK TALENT OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Julie-Ann Pooley The Star Sydney

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED: Adam Lau Four Seasons Sydney Hotel

SALES AND MARKETING TALENT OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Maria Mellino Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

HIGHLY APPRECIATED: Sophie Meng The Langham, Sydney

CONCIERGE OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Josh Blake Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

TALENT OF THE YEAR IN HUMAN RESOURCES

WINNER: Lauren Carinci Crown Towers Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Annika Spaans Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney

ROOMS DIVISION TALENT OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Jade Bradshaw Pier One Sydney Harbor

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Nathan Kengike West Hotel Sydney, Curio Collection by Hilton

EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE

WINNER: Sophie Bruneau Crown Towers Sydney

governess of the year

WINNER: Rochak Karki InterContinental Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Bijay Maharjan Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor

COOK OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Michael Elfwing Spicers Guest House

PASTRY CHEF OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Quentin Zerr Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

RISING STAR IN THE HOTEL INDUSTRY

COMMON WINNERS:

Domenic Torrisi Pier 1 Sydney Harbor

Emma Lombard Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Akanksha Sanan Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

HOTEL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Shaun O’Bryan Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort & Elysia Wellness Retreat

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Chris Kemlo Crown Towers Sydney

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR (MID-RANGE – SUPERIOR)

WINNER: Monsieur Percy The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Cucina Porto The Star Sydney

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR (DE LUXE)

WINNER: Amara Spicers Sangoma Retreat

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Atelier by Sofitel Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbor

BREWERY/CAFÉ OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Bistro Manly Manly Pacific

BAR OF THE YEAR (MID-RANGE – UPPER)

WINNER: Two Doctors Whiskey Tavern Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains – MGallery Collection

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Monsieur Percy The Woolstore 1888 by Ovolo

BAR OF THE YEAR (DELUXE)

WINNER: Cirq Crown Towers Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Rombergs Crystalbrook Kingsley

HEALTH CLUB AND SPA FACILITIES OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Crown Spa Sydney Crown Towers Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Chi, The Spa Shangri-La Sydney

REDEVELOPED/RENOVATED HOTEL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Crystalbrook Byron

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Hilton Sydney

APARTMENT/SUITE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: SKYE Suites Sydney

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Fraser Suites Sydney

MID-RANGE HOTEL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Rydges Newcastle

METROPOLITAN SUPERIOR HOTEL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Sydney Star

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Hyatt Regency Sydney

REGIONAL SUPERIOR HOTEL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Spicers Sangoma Retreat

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley

HALL OF FAME

Inductee: Peter Tudehope Radisson Hotel Group

LUXURY HOTEL OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Crown Towers Sydney