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not the support mechanisms of a group operation.
Good owners are the key here without their
support and commitment there can be many sleepless nights.
Does the Alex Perry Hotel and Apartments have any initiatives that
encourage guests to book direct? If so, what are they?
We have a great program which provides rewards and incentives for direct
bookings. We have some fun with this program so the o erings can be quite
unique. The real strength is the personal following that or frontline sta have
developed with many of our guests who not only book direct they even arrive
The Alex Perry Hotel and Apartments joined as a member of the
Accommodation Association earlier this year. Why did you decide to join,
and what are your perceived values as a member?
My response is more a case of why would you not be involved. All industries
need a considered, educated and reasonable collective voice, AAoA provide
this, along with the added bonus of a CEO from hospitality management who
understands firsthand the issues faced.
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The Accommodation Association of Australia's (AAoA) Academy and the International Convention Centre
Sydney (ICC Sydney) are partnering up to give job seekers training and employment opportunities.
AAoA Academy partners with ICC Sydney
finest The winners of the 2016 HM Awards for Hotel and
Accommodation Excellence, presented by Sealy Posturepedic,
were named in front of a record 700 attendees on September
2 at Sydney Town Hall.
Hosted by television personality Larr y Emdur, the HM Awards
have, for the 14th time, recognised the accommodation industry's
finest staff, proper ties, brands and chains across Australia, New
Zealand and the South Pacific.
At the 2016 HM Awards, there were 68 winners on the night
and the full list of the winners and highly commended recipients is
included in a special report over the next 32 pages.
"The HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence have
once again recognised the finest people, departments and properties
across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific," said HM Awards
founder and HM Magazine Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson.
"This year we had a record number of entries, attendees and
winners and the caliber was again nothing short of world class.
"The accommodation industry in Australia, New Zealand and the
S outh Pacific is performing ver y well across the board at present and
it was again a privilege to acknowledge and reward some brilliant and
talented people, exceptional teams and outstanding properties across
"For the past 14 years, the goal of the HM Awards has been to
acknowledge the brightest stars in the hotel industry and that's what the
event did once more at Sydney Town Hal l on September 2," he said.
On the night, around AUD$30,000 was raised for the Garvan
Institute of Medical Research through the Connie Johnson Fel lowship
in Breast Cancer Research.
Once again, the Australasian hotel industr y was right behind a major
fundraising drive, with funds this year going to help find a cure for a
disease that touches an entire nation and over 150 people generousl y
donated personal and corporate funds towards the Fellowship.
The 2016 HM Awards were Presented by Sealy Posturepedic; Hosted
by HM magazine; Co-Hosted by AHS, the Blue Mountains International
Hotel Management School and Intrust Super; Sponsored by A List
Guide, AHICE, ARMA, Calabr ia Family Wines, FCS Computer
Systems, Nespresso, Prototype, San Pellegrino, Spice magazine and S pice
News, and Time Out Australia; and Supported by the Accommodation
Association of Australia, Blissful Ev ents, Coopers Premium Beverages,
EY, Tourism Accommodation Australia and TravMedia. n
A record number of entries, the biggest and loudest crowd
ever and the most awards handed out in the history of the
event: presenting the 2016 HM Awards for Accommodation
Excellence presented by Sealy Posturepedic.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW JARVIE
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On September 2 at the prestigious Sydney Town Hall, HM had the honour of hosting the 2016
HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence, presented by Sealy Posturepedic,
which are now in their 14th year and continue to go from strength to strength.
At the gala presentation dinner I was proud to announce we had a record number of
nominations again in this year's awards that resulted in more than 3000 people, departments,
properties and chains being nominated.
We also had a record audience in attendance at the 2016 HM Awards, with 700 people
packing Sydney Town Hall to see 67 awards handed out, which was the most ever.
The HM Awards span Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and selected South Pacific nations and it
was pleasing to see this year the ever increasing involvement of many hotels across the entire
region, particularly those in Fiji, the Cook Islands and New Zealand.
Another very pleasing involvement in the HM Awards was that of our presentation partner
Sealy, and co-hosts AHS, the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School and
ponsors -- all of whom have been aligned with the event for a number
ade -- and our Award Presenters and Supporting Companies, nights
n. On behalf of the HM magazine team, thank you again for your
-page section dedicated to the winners starting on page 32 and please
gratulate the winners, highly commended recipients and finalists.
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