2024 Nominations are now closed 

The AHA NSW Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious awards program in the hospitality industry. The awards honour the achievement of excellence in NSW hotels across a variety of categories including accommodation, dining, entertainment, marketing, social media, community service and talented employees.

Nominate today and experience the rewards! NSW hotels reflect the best in the nation. The high standard of our winners are acknowledged by the industry nationwide with numerous winners in NSW going on to win the national award in their category.

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IMPORTANT DATES

NOMINATIONS OPEN

WEDNESDAY 1 MAY 2024

NOMINATIONS AND WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS DUE 

Extended to: FRIDAY, 07 JUNE 2024

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 

FRIDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2024

AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE PRESENTATION CEREMONY

WHEN: TUESDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2024
WHERE: WINX STAND, ROYAL RANDWICK RACECOURSE
TIME: 1:00PM
DRESS: DAYTIME COCKTAIL

CATEGORIES

EXPERIENCE AWARDS 

1.    Best Family Friendly
2.    Best Live Music Venue 
3.    Heart of the Community
4.    Best Environmental/Sustainability Practices
5.    Disability Inclusion and Access Award
6.    Best Regional Local 
7.    Best Metropolitan Local 
8.    Best Bush Pub 
9.    Best Outdoor Experience (including rooftop bars)
10.   Best Late Night Venue 
11.    Best Sporting Entertainment Venue 
12.   Best Wagering Venue 
13.   Best Retail Liquor Outlet
14.   Best Draught Beer Quality 
15.   Best Wine List 
16.   Best Cocktail List 
17.   Best Regional Gaming Venue 
18.   Best Metropolitan Gaming Venue
19.   Best Marketing Activity 
20.  Best Unique Bar Experience
         (Including small, cocktail, lounge or themed bars)

PROPERTY AWARDS 

21.   Best Innovative Refurbishment
22.   Best Regional Redevelopment
23.   Best Metropolitan Redevelopment
24.   Best Traditional Pub Accommodation (under $150)
25.   Best Deluxe Pub Accommodation ($150 and over) 

FOOD AWARDS 

26.   Best Steak
27.   Best Parmi
28.   Best Steak Sandwich
29.   Best Burger
30.   Best Sunday Roast
31.   Best Cheap Eat Meal (under $20)
32.   Best Regional Casual Dining
          (Northern / Southern / Western)
33.   Best Metropolitan Casual Dining
         (CBD & Eastern / Northern / Southern / Western)
34.   Best Restaurant

PEOPLE AWARDS 

35.   Industry Rising Star
36.   Employee Excellence in Service
37.   Regional Chef of the Year 
38.   Metropolitan Chef of the Year

OVERALL HOTEL AWARDS  - nominations are not required 

39.   Individual Hotel Operator of the Year
Note: All individual hotel finalists in the 2024 Awards are eligible to win this award
40.   Group Hotel Operator of the Year
Note: All group hotel finalists in the 2024 Awards are eligible to win this award
41.   Regional Hotel of the Year   
Note: All finalists in the 2024 Awards are eligible to win this award
42.   Metropolitan Hotel of the Year
Note: All finalists in the 2024 Awards are eligible to win this award
43.   People's Choice Award
Note: Every AHA NSW member venue is eligible to win this award

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FAQ

Who can enter the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence? 

The AHA NSW Awards for Excellence is open to all current financial members of the AHA NSW General Division.

Can I enter multiple categories? 

Yes you can nominate in as many categories as you wish, where your hotel meets the specific judging criteria.

There are some categories that require a written submission, do I need to supply this? 

Yes, refer to the Nomination Information Book, any category that has part of the judging made up by “Written submission” must have a written component supplied along with your nomination fee. Your venue will not be judged if this is not provided, as this makes up a percentage of your venue’s total score.

I entered the awards in 2023, can I just reuse the same written submission for the same category for this year?

You are not permitted to re supply a written submission that was entered in previous years for the same category. Each year a new submission must be provided which answers all the criteria. Judging criteria is subject to various changes each year, so the same submission cannot be used. 

Categories that say “Anonymous Site Inspection”, does this also still require a written submission? 

No, any categories which only say “Anonymous Site Inspection” do not require a written submission.

Why do we have to pay a nomination fee? 

A nomination fee is required so the Judges can be paid for their time both in your venue to judge and to travel to your venue as well as providing you a report.

What does it mean if some categories require  “voucher funds” to be supplied? 

Some categories require the venue to supply additional funds to cover accommodation or meal costs that are associated with judging the venue. This allows the judge to comfortably dine and enjoy the venue to its full extent without being inhibited financially. There is no limit to the value you put on the amount, as we encourage each venue to make it an amount that you feel adequately covers what will be judged, as each venue will differ in pricing. The requirements of the funds each category is outlined in the Nomination Information Kit.

The following categories require additional funds; 
  • Best Family Friendly 
  • Best Traditional Pub Accommodation
  • Best Deluxe Pub Accommodation
  • Best Steak 
  • Best Parmi 
  • Best Steak Sandwich 
  • Best Burger                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Best Sunday Roast 
  • Best Cheap Eat Meal under $20
  • Best Regional Casual Dining 
  • Best Metropolitan Casual Dining
  • Best Restaurant 

Please note: we are not accepting vouchers as a form of payment in the 2024 AHA NSW Awards for Excellence.

Is all the judging conducted by the AHA NSW? 

No, none of the judging is actually conducted by the AHA NSW. All judging is carried out by independent third parties who are specifically hired by AHA NSW to judge each venue. All comments, feedback and scoring from judging reports are the views of the individual judge and not AHA NSW.

When can I expect the judges to come to my venue?

Judging can begin to take place any time after your completed nomination is received. All judging is completely anonymous except for the ‘people award’ categories where a personal interview is required to take place, and the draught beer quality category where a time will be booked in by the judge to view the cool rooms and back of house components of the venue. 

CAN VENUES RECEIVE COPIES OF THE JUDGING REPORT(S)? 

Judging reports which contain feedback from judging your venue can be distributed upon request after the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence Presentation Ceremony has taken place. 

How do I start the nomination process? 

Head to the NOMINATIONS/LOGIN tab and set up a hotel/group account. You can do this by clicking "Create Group Account" if you manage multiple hotels or "Create Single Venue Account" if you are only entering one hotel. Once logged in you can nominate your hotel/s in one or multiple categories, purchase tickets, upload written submissions and photos. 

What is the difference between a “Group Login” and a “Single Venue Login” which do I use? 

Two types of login accounts have been created for a more simplified nomination process for venues. As there are various hotel Groups and independent venue owners that make up our membership, different accounts have been created to capture the correct information needed for judging. 
If you are a group which include numerous venues within the one company please use the Group Login. This will allow you to then nominate and register each venue accordingly, but still track which hotel group it belongs to. This also helps in collating all eligible groups for the “Best Group Hotel Operator” category.
The Single Venue Login differentiates which venues are independently operated and only one venue needs to be registered.

IS MY LOG-IN INFORMATION FROM THE 2023 AWARDS STILL ACTIVE?

No, all 2023 log-in information has been deleted. To nominate as either a Group or Single Venue in the 2024 Awards for Excellence, you need to create a new log-in. This can be done by clicking ‘Create Group Account’ if you manage multiple hotels or ‘Create Single Venue Account’ if you are only entering one hotel.

How do I buy tickets, can I buy them at the same time as nominating?

Tickets are available for purchase at the same time as nominations are open from. Ticket bookings will officially close Friday, 11 October 2024. For all ticket prices please refer to the TICKET page on the website. 

When does Early Bird pricing end?

Early Bird pricing will conclude on Thursday 12 September, 2024. 

How does my Hotel become a finalist for Hotel of the year? 

In order to be eligible for Hotel of the Year you must enter a broad range of categories and be a finalist in the categories that you have entered. 

Can I get a refund if I decide not to enter the category after I have paid? 

If you change your mind after the closing date of nominations you will not be eligible to receive a refund.

Do I have any recourse if I believe I have been judged unfairly? 

No. The judges’ decision is final.

OUR PARTNERS

The presentation of the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence would not be possible without the support of our partners and we acknowledge their invaluable, ongoing contribution to the industry. 

TICKETS

Please note, all prices include GST.
 

 

EARLY BIRD to 12 September 2024
Table of 10 Member: $2,900 // Non Member: $4,400 
Individual Ticket Member $300 // Non Member: $440
Regular Price as of 13 September 2024
Table of 10 Member: $3,200 // Non Member: $4,400 
Individual Ticket Member $340 // Non Member: $440

Non-financial Members of the AHA NSW will be placed on a waiting list.
Finalists, Members, Sponsors and Associates of AHA NSW will receive first priority of tickets available.

If you have any questions regarding ticketing, please contact awards@ahansw.com.au or call 02 9281 6922 for more information. 

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AHA AWARDS
Level 16, Hudson House
131 Macquarie Street,
Sydney, New South Wales, 2000
P: 02 9281 6922
E: awards@ahansw.com.au

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