The team from Rydges South Bank, which won the Workplace Health and Safety Award.
The team from Rydges South Bank, which won the Workplace Health and Safety Award.

Hotels from the length, breadth and every corner of Queensland were acknowledged for a year of excellence and achievement last night as the Queensland Hotels Association hosted its 2019 awards gala.

From ambitious and talented individuals just starting out in the industry to those with a lifetime of experience, the industry as a whole recognised its leaders and acknowledged the collective effort of driving tourism in Queensland over the night, with winners named across dozens of categories.

The team from Ovolo The Valley in Brisbane.

The evening also served to honour industry stalwart Bernie Power for a lifetime devoted to the industry. Power is known to many as one of the key elements in the foundation of the Brisbane Broncos NRL franchise and a driver behind the success of Power Brewing.

“The Awards celebrate those wonderful businesses throughout the state that breathe life into the ‘Beautiful one day, Perfect the Next!’ slogan each and every day,” said Queensland Hotels Association CEO, Bernie Hogan.

Winners of the 2019 Queensland Hotels Association Awards are:

Administration Employee Of The Year: Ashmore Tavern – Kristy Helmers

Best Boutique Accommodation: Spicers Balfour Hotel

Best Boutique Bar: The Terrace at Emporium Hotel

Best Bush Pub: Esk Club Hotel

Best Casual Dining: The Glen Hotel

Best Deluxe Accommodation: Ovolo The Valley

Best Detached Bottleshop: Sense of Taste Portside (Brisbane)

Best Draught Beer: Carriers Arms Hotel (Maryborough)

Best Entertainment Venue: Eatons Hill Hotel

Best Environmental Practice: Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort (Cairns)

Best Gaming Venue: Shamrock Hotel (Mackay)

Best Keno Venue: Railway Hotel (Yeppoon)

Best Marketed Hotel – 100 Employees: Riley, A Crystalbrook Collection Resort (Cairns)

Best Marketed Hotel – 1-99 Employees: The Island Gold Coast

Best Meeting & Events Venue: W Brisbane

Best Mid-Range Accommodation: Sandstone Point Hotel

Best On-Premise Liquor Outlet: Porters Plainland Hotel Bottlemart

Best Outdoor/Non Enclosed Facility: Sandstone Point Hotel

Best Prestige Restaurant: Bacchus Restaurant at Rydges South Bank

Best Pub-Style Accommodation: Halifax Hotel (Halifax)

Best Pubtab Venue: Hope Island Tavern

Best Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel Resort: The Ville Resort-Casino (Townsville)

Best Redeveloped Licensed Premise above $2mil: Porters Plainland Hotel

Best Redeveloped Licensed Premise up to $2mil: Carrollee Hotel (Kingaroy)

Best Restaurant – Accommodation Hotels: Homage Restaurant at Spicers Hidden Vale

Best Restaurant – General Hotels: The Boatshed at Regatta Hotel

Best Suite/Apartment Accommodation: Meriton Suites Southport

Best Superior Accommodation: Pacific Hotel Cairns

Best Themed Bar: The Walrus Club at Regatta Hotel

Best Traditional Hotel Bar: Tap’d at Prince Alfred Hotel Ipswich

Chef Of The Year: Sandstone Point Hotel – Nick Lockyer

Food & Beverage Employee Of The Year: The Westin Brisbane – Mindy Perera

Guest Services Employee Of The Year: Rydges South Bank – Kait Einam

Industry Rising Star Award: Prince Alfred Hotel Ipswich – Ben Potter

Outstanding Achievement In Training: Hilton Brisbane

Outstanding Community Service & Achievement – 100 Employees: Hilton Surfers Paradise

Outstanding Community Service & Achievement – 1-99 Employees: Commercial Hotel Tara

Responsible Service – Alcohol: Mon Komo Hotel (Redcliffe)

Responsible Service – Gaming: Aspley Central Tavern (Brisbane)

Workplace Health & Safety Award: Rydges South Bank

Hotelier of the Year: Matthew Coorey – Boardwalk Tavern (Sanctuary Cove)

Hotel of the Year: The Glen Hotel (Eight Mile Plains)

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bernard Power



Life Member: Tony Condon (Currumbin Creek Hotel)

Best Detached Bottleshop: Mossman Hotel Bottle-O (Mossman)

Best Superior Accommodation: Rydges South Bank Hotel

Outstanding Community Service & Achievement – 100 Employees: Hilton Brisbane