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2018 Devils Lair Gala Ball Featuring The Perth Airport WA Accommodation Awards for Excellence

 

The AHA Accommodation Awards for Excellence highlight WA’s leading hotel venues, their staff, and their commitment to building the State’s reputation as a tourism destination. 500 guests were treated to a night of black and white elegance, a specially crafted menu and premium beverage offerings, while celebrating the successes of our flourishing industry.   

 

2018 Perth Airport AHA Accommodation Awards for Excellence Finalists & Winners

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HOTEL AWARDS

WA’s Best Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel  

 

Winner: InterContinental Perth Centre

Finalists:

InterContinental Perth City Centre

The Gerald Apartment Hotel

 

WA’s Best Accommodation Hotel Marketing 

 

Winner:  Crowne Plaza Perth

Finalists:

Crowne Plaza Perth

InterContinental Perth City Centre

 

WA’s Best Mid-Range Accommodation Hotel 

 

Winner: Metro Hotel Perth

Finalists:

Metro Hotel Perth

The Murray Hotel

 

WA’s Best Superior Accommodation Hotel 

 

Winner: Aloft Perth

Finalists:

Alex Hotel

Aloft Perth

Country Comfort Intercity Perth

Crown Promenade Perth

Four Points by Sheraton Perth

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

Sage Hotel West Perth

 

WA’s Best Deluxe Accommodation Hotel 

 

Winner: Crown Towers

Finalists:

COMO The Treasury

Crown Towers Perth

InterContinental Perth City Centre

Pan Pacific Perth

 

WA's Best Apartment / Suite Accommodation Hotel

 

Winner: Fraser Suites Perth (Hall of Fame)

Finalists:

Attika Hotel

Fraser Suites Perth

Hillarys Harbour Resort

Quest Scarborough

The Gerald Apartment Hotel

 

WA’s Best Resort Style Accommodation Hotel 

 

Winner: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa (Hall of Fame)

Finalists:

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Joondalup Resort

 

WA’s Best Regional Accommodation Hotel 

 

Winner: The Gerald Apartment Hotel

Finalists:

Fitzroy River Lodge

The Gerald Apartment Hotel

 

WA’s Best Restaurant within an Accommodation Hotel 

 

Joint winners: Post, COMO The Treasury & Ascua Spanish Grill,InterContinental Perth City Centre

Finalists:

Alex Hotel - Shadow Wine Bar

COMO The Treasury - Post

Crown Perth - Bistro Guillaume

InterContinental Perth City Centre - Ascua Spanish Grill

Sage Hotel West Perth - Julio's Italian Restaurant

The Gerald Apartment Hotel

 

WA’s Best Accommodation Hotel Wine List 

 

Winner: Wildflower, COMO The Treasury

Finalists:

Alex Hotel - Shadow Wine Bar

COMO The Treasury - Wildflower

 

MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEE AWARDS

 

WA’s Best Front Office

 

Winner: Kyriacos Psalios, InterContinental Perth City Centre

Highly Commended: Cassia Green, Crown Promenade

Finalists:

Voula Makri - Attika Hotel

David Mulder - COMO The Treasury

Cassia Green - Crown Promenade Perth

Erin Lendich - Fraser Suites Perth

Kyriacos Psalios - InterContinental Perth City Centre

Muhammad Iqbal - Joondalup Resort

Bethany Deaman - Pan Pacific Perth

 

WA’s Best Hotel Chef 

 

Winner: Kim Brennan, COMO The Treasury

Highly Commended: Ramandeep Kukreja, Pan Pacific Perth

Finalists:

Kim Brennan - COMO The Treasury

Jeewantha Amunugama - Crown Perth

Ramandeep Kukreja - Pan Pacific Perth

Dayan Nanayakkara - The Gerald Apartment Hotel

 

WA’s Best Food and Beverage Services 

 

Winner: Jeremy Nairn, Parmelia Hilton Perth

Finalists:

Mathieu Fichot - COMO The Treasury

Gaurav Anand - Fraser Suites Perth

Jeremy Nairn - Parmelia Hilton Perth

 

WA’s Best Administration, Finance and Executive Support 

 

Winner: Rachel Delmenico, Four Points by Sheraton Perth

Highly Commended: Ana Katrina Lim, Pan Pacific Perth

Finalists:

Rachel Delmenico - Four Points by Sheraton Perth

Anna Kurek - Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

Daniela Barada - InterContinental Perth City Centre

Ana Katrina Lim - Pan Pacific Perth

 

WA's Best Sales and Marketing 

 

Winner: Belinda Austen, Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

Finalists:

Laura Manganaro - COMO The Treasury

Jason Sharp - Four Points by Sheraton Perth

Belinda Austen - Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

 

WA’s Best Conference and Events 

 

Winner: Michael Audesho, Crown Perth

Finalists:

Deone van der Westhuizen - COMO The Treasury

Michael Audesho - Crown Towers Perth

Pamela Menezes - Fraser Suites Perth

Rebecca Nash - Pan Pacific Perth

 

WA’s Best Housekeeping 

 

Winner: Lana Konnelli, COMO The Treasury

Highly Commended: Niam Akhmad, Crown Metropol

Finalists:

Prakash Hauradhun - AHS Hospitality (Adina Apartment Hotel Barrack Plaza)

Niam Akhmad - AHS Hospitality (Crown Metropol)

Lana Konnelli - COMO The Treasury

Vinay Mandava - InterContinental Perth City Centre

Rosna Morgan - Ramada Perth, The Outram

 

WA’s Best Engineering and Maintenance 

 

Winner: Vincent Francis, COMO The Treasury

Finalists:

Vincent Francis - COMO The Treasury

Afzal Mahajan - Pan Pacific Perth

Derek Novak - Sage Hotel West Perth

 

WA's Best Concierge 

 

Winner: Andre Burford, Pan Pacific Perth

Finalists:

Brad Smith - InterContinental Perth City Centre

Andre Burford - Pan Pacific Perth

 

WA’s Best Executive Level Manager

 

Winner: Ee Linn Beh, Pan Pacific Perth

Finalists:

Salleh Hussain - COMO The Treasury

Phil Campbell - Country Comfort Intercity Perth

Lulu Fox - Fraser Suites Perth

Ee Linn Beh - Pan Pacific Perth

 

WA's Best Hotel Management Team of the Year 

 

Winner: Parmelia Hilton Perth

Finalists:

COMO The Treasury

Crowne Plaza Perth

Holiday Inn Perth City Centre

InterContinental Perth City Centre

Pan Pacific Perth

Parmelia Hilton Perth

 

WA’s Best New Accommodation Hotel 

Winner: InterContinental Perth City Centre

 

WA’s Best Accommodation Hotel 

Winner: Crown Towers

2018 Accommodation Industry Hall of Fame

The 2018 inductee into the Accommodation Industry Hall of Fame is Chief Operating Officer of the Seashells Hospitality Group, Mr Gareth Thomas.

Gareth’s hospitality career began back in 1982 at the Kings Ambassador Hotel as a management trainee. Since then he has accumulated more than 36 years’ experience in hotels and resorts and has directly managed four and five star properties since 1991.

Gareth’s extensive hospitality and tourism experience is unquestioned but it is his balanced, calm approach that has arguably been his most defining characteristic. His personality and rich experience has allowed him to add significant value to a range of businesses across Australia and the world.

 

His career highlights include;

  • Overseeing the pre-opening and opening of the five-star Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns;
  • Running the Chifley on Flemington in Melbourne; and
  • General Manager work in the UK, China, Cairns, Brisbane and Melbourne.

 

Gareth returned to his home town Perth in 2000 to be General Manager of the five-star Rendezvous Observation City through to 2004. During his time with Rendezvous, Gareth was seconded to Shanghai, China, where he was intimately involved in the rebranding and re-launch of the 4-Star Rendezvous Merry Hotel as General Manager.

Before joining Seashells Hospitality Group Gareth worked with the Broadwater Hospitality Group as a Property General Manager, Area Manager and finally Group General Manager, overseeing all WA property assets.

In 2010, Gareth left Seashells briefly before returning in 2011 to continue with Seashells as Group General Manager and COO.

Gareth oversees all aspects of the management and operations of Seashells’ five luxury properties located from Broome to Yallingup along the WA coast.

Gareth has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Southern Cross University, has sat on numerous industry panels and boards and has received multiple awards in properties under his leadership.

The AHA(WA) is delighted to have Gareth join an esteemed list of Hall of Fame winners who have made an incredible contribution to Western Australia’s hotel and hospitality industry.

 

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