The 2019 THA Drysdale Awards for Excellence were held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino.
The 2019 THA Drysdale Awards for Excellence were held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino.

More than 570 members of the Tasmanian accommodation and hospitality industries gathered at Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart last night for an industry gala dinner to recognise and reward the state’s top achievers.

The evening saw the Tasmanian Hospitality Association hand out nearly 50 awards including the headline accolade of the Premier’s Award for Contribution to the Community going to Hamlet Café. Additionally, Life Membership for decades of service to the industry went to Don McQuestin – long-time owner and manager of the Kings Meadows Hotel and other properties in Launceston.

Freycinet was a big winner on the night, claiming Best Deluxe Hotel Accommodation for Saffire Freycinet and Accommodation Venue of the Year – Regional. Nearby Freycinet Lodge took out Best New Tourism Initiative, while the property’s Hazards Bar and Lounge walked out with Best Bar Presentation and Service.

Tasmania’s hospitality industry were at their best to recognise their peers.

Best Mid-Range Accommodation went to Cradle Mountain Hotel, while Salamanca Inn won Best Apartment Suite Hotel. Maylands Lodge in North Hobart was crowned Accommodation Venue of the Year – Metro and Best Superior Hotel Accommodation.

Other winners on the night included the Ibis Styles Hobart, which took home the Veolia Best Environment and Recycling Practice Award.

Tourism Accommodation Association National CEO, Michael Johnson, said the evening’s winners were renowned equally on the mainland as on the island state.

“Hotels like the multi-award-winning luxury lodge, Saffire Freycinet in Coles Bay and Maryland Lodge in Hobart are innovative, world-class hotels which are drawing tourists into Tasmania from across the country and beyond.”

Winners of the 2019 Tourism Accommodation Australia (Tas) Awards are:

Premier’s Award for Contribution to the Community: Hamlet Café

Bertie Tucceri Award: Angelo Fraraccio

Life Membership: Don McQuestin

Recognition of 2018 National Awards: Formby Hotel; Frogmore Creek and MACq01 Hotel

Great Customer Experience Award: Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm

Apprentice of the Year: Outhay Souliyosack

Outstanding Achievement in Training and Workforce Development: Vantage Group

Best Marketed Establishment: Hadley’s Orient Hotel

Outstanding Community Service and Achievement: Tall Timbers Tasmania

Veolia Best Environmental and Recycling Practice: ibis Styles Hotel

Best Outdoor/Non-enclosed Facility: Shoreline Hotel

Best Bottle Shop: Black Buffalo

Best RSL, Sporting or Community Club: The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania

Best Sports Bar: The Beltana Hotel

Best Meeting and Events Venue: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel

Best Bar Presentation and Service: Hazards Bar & Lounge – Freycinet Lodge

Draught Beer Quality Award: Beach Hotel Burnie

Best Music Venue: Watergarden Bar – Country Club Tasmania

Best Gaming Venue: River Arms Hotel

Best Wagering Initiative: Shoreline Hotel

Best Guided Tour Experience: Oyster Bay Tours – Freycinet Marine Farm

Best New Tourism Initiative: Freycinet Lodge

Best Specialty Bar: Evolve Spirit Bar

Best Café: Harbour Lights Café

Best Breakfast Venue: Islington Hotel

Best Steak Restaurant: Black Cow Bistro

Best Seafood Restaurant: Mures Upper Deck

Best Italian Restaurant: Novaro’s Restaurant

Best Asian Restaurant: Asian Gourmet on the Pier

Best Indian Restaurant: Annapurna Salamanca

Best Specialty Restaurant: Furneaux Restaurant

Best Bistro Dining: Shoreline Hotel

Best Restaurant in a Hotel or Accommodation Venue: The Point – Wrest Point Hotel

Best Stand Alone Restaurant: Driftwood Restaurant

Best Fine Dining: The Point – Wrest Point Hotel

Best Accessible Accommodation: MACq01 Hotel

Best Pub-Style Accommodation: Lighthouse Hotel

Best Mid-Range Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel

Best Apartment Suite Hotel: Salamanca Inn

Best Superior Hotel Accommodation: Maylands Lodge

Best Deluxe Hotel Accommodation: Saffire Freycinet

Restaurant of the Year – Regional: Furneaux Restaurant

Restaurant of the Year – Metro: The Point – Wrest Point Hotel

Accommodation Venue of the Year – Regional: Saffire Freycinet

Accommodation Venue of the Year – Metro: Maylands Lodge

Hotel/Pub Tavern of the Year- Regional: Tall Timbers Tasmania

Hotel/Pub Tavern of the Year – Metro: Shoreline Hotel