A record-breaking number of finalists have been announced for the first Tourism Accommodation Australia (TAA) NSW Awards for Excellence in three years.
More than 300 nominations were received from more than 60 of the state’s top accommodation venues across 28 different categories.
The gala event at The Fullerton, Sydney marks the first time the awards have been held in NSW since 2019 due to COVID restrictions.
In another first, this year’s finalists include members of the Accommodation Association – as the amalgamation between the two top accommodation bodies moves closer.
TAA NSW CEO Michael Johnson said this year’s finalists were stand-out leaders in an industry which employs more than 35,000 people and is worth $2 billion to the NSW economy.
“The high quality shows that despite the challenges of the last few years, accommodation hotels in NSW are still leading the way in quality, innovation and professionalism,” he said.
“This year the independent judges found it harder and harder to separate hotels that continue to innovate and excel in service, facilities, training and staff.
“It is also great to have members of the Accommodation Association with us for the first time ever – this really does and marks another step in the successful merging of our two great associations.”
Award categories range from Outstanding Community Contribution, Restaurant of the Year and Best Innovation Project through to Hotel of the Year awards in Mid-Range, Superior and Deluxe categories.
The personnel categories include marketing, sales and human resource talent of the year and the always closely contested housekeeper, concierge and chef of the year, Mr Johnson said it was good to see a large number of suburban and regional venues among the finalists.
“The TAA NSW Awards for Excellence is a chance for all venues – from anywhere in NSW – to show they truly are the best our industry has to offer,” he said.
The winners will be announced at a gala function held at The Fullerton Hotel, on Wednesday 20 July 2022.