Diwali Dreams on August 12, transported guests at the AHA and Crown Lager Accommodation Hotels Industry Gala Ball into the subcontinent for an ethereal evening of elegance recognising the outstanding levels of excellence and high standards upheld by the Western Australian Accommodation Industry.
The celebrations were set against a delicate backdrop of colour, vibrant dance and culinary infusions. Guests were greeted in the Indian Pre-Drink area by Sitar music and coloured drapes. The curtain drop revealed the Crown Perth Grand Ballroom transformed with two large red elephants standing guard on either side of the front stage, in front of the wall-to-wall screen. Indian style parasols and candles held the focus on each rose petal adorned table,while red, orange and yellow chair covers brought the heat of India to the room.
Guests were regaled by Green Room Entertainment dancers, providing a unique mix of dance from old and contemporary India. Master of Ceremonies, Michael Elezovich helped to celebrate the success of the Accommodation Industry through the presentations of Venue Awards and Management Employee Awards.
A team of 50 Crown Perth chefs led by Executive Sous Chef Sean Marco, treated guests to a five course culinary journey from Northern to Southern India with a taste explosion including dahl, curry, tandoori and lassi. The menu was specifically designed to capture the taste and excitement of India, showcasing the culinary brilliance and high standards that the Accommodation industry represents. A splendid array of premium beverages was also on offer.
In a night recognising the leaders of the Accommodation industry, the prestigious Accommodation Industry Hall of Fame Award was presented to Martin Peirson-Jones of Kimberley Accommodation including the newly established Berkley River Lodge. AHA(WA) Accommodation Division President Mr Grant Raubenheimer and Hon Dr Kim Hames MLA, Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, presented the award to Martin and thanked him for his ongoing dedication to the industry.
As the ceremonies came to an end, guests were welcomed into the Raj After Bar where Campari cocktails and Crown Lager beverages were on offer alongside the energetic Hi-NRG band who encouraged all to get up and dance. Indian parasols and low level lounges littered the Raj After Bar, creating a comfortable and colourful environment for networking with guests.
With over 600 guests attending this year's event and a long list of dignitaries, the 2013 AHA and Crown Lager Accommodation Hotel Gala Ball and the presentation of the ME Bank WA Accommodation Industry Awards was once again a showpiece event on Perth's social calendar. The AHA would like to thank all guests for their attendance and look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year.