The AHA NSW Awards for Excellence are recognised as the most prestigious awards programme 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.


Please click below to view some of our previous winners: 


FRIDAY, 27 MAY 2022





TIME: 4:00PM



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


20.   Best Innovative Refurbishment 
21.   Best Regional Redevelopment
22.   Best Metropolitan Redevelopment
23.   Best Traditional Pub Accommodation (under $130)
24.   Best Deluxe Pub Accommodation ($130 and over) 


25.   Best Steak
26.   Best Parmi
27.   Best Steak Sandwich
28.   Best Burger
29.   Best Cheap Eat Meal (under $15)
30.   Best Regional Casual Dining
          (Northern / Southern / Western)
31.   Best Metropolitan Casual Dining
         (CBD & Eastern / Northern / Southern / Western)
32.   Best Restaurant


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

OVERALL HOTEL AWARDS  - nominations are not required 

37.   Individual Hotel Operator of the Year                                                      Note: All individual hotel finalists in the 2022 Awards are eligible to win this award
38.   Group Hotel Operator of the Year                                                       Note: All group hotel finalists in the 2022 Awards are eligible to win this award
39.   Regional Hotel of the Year                                                                        Note: All finalists in the 2022 Awards are eligible to win this award
40.   Metropolitan Hotel of the Year                                                            Note: All finalists in the 2022 Awards are eligible to win this award
41.   People's Choice Award                                                                            Note: Every AHA NSW member venue is eligible to win this award



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 2019, 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 a “meal voucher or voucher funds” to be supplied? 
Some categories require the venue to supply a voucher to cover 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 voucher for each category is outlined in the Nomination Information Kit.
The following categories require a voucher or funds; 
  • Best Family Friendly 
  • Best Traditional Pub Accommodation
  • Best Deluxe Pub Accommodation
  • Best Steak 
  • Best Parmi 
  • Best Steak Sandwich 
  • Best Burger 
  • Best Cheap Eat Meal under $15
  • Best Regional Casual Dining 
  • Best Metropolitan Casual Dining
  • Best Restaurant 
It is imperative that all vouchers provided DO NOT have any markings or references on them that indicate they will be used towards judging for the 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. 
When will I get my judging report? 
Judging reports which contain all of the feedback from judging your venue will be distributed after the AHA NSW Awards for Excellence Presentation Ceremony has taken place. We cannot disclose a fixed date, but it will be any time after 24, October 2022. 
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, photos and vouchers. 
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.
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, 14 October 2022. For all ticket prices please refer to the TICKET page on the website. 
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.


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. 


Please note, all prices include GST.

Table of 10 Early Bird: $2,800 // Member: $3,100 // Non member: $4,300 
Individual Ticket Early Bird: $290 // Member $330 // Non Member: $430

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.


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