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2024 Newcastle Hospitality and Tourism Awards to celebrate excellence


An impressive array of nominations will vie for the honours at the 2024 Newcastle Hospitality and Tourism Awards.

Following a resounding success in its inaugural year, the Newcastle Tourism Industry Group (NTIG) is hosting the second edition of the event at the FogHorn Brewery from 6pm on Monday 27 May.

Up for grabs are Employee of the Year, Employer of the Year and Industry Support Partner of the Year while a new category, Inclusive Hospitality & Tourism, has also proven popular.

And, with the judging process underway, excitement is brewing throughout both industries.

The inaugural winner of Employee of the Year was Flotilla’s Eduardo Molina, with finalists Rachel Doyle (FogHorn Brewery) and Alexander Crelley (Hunt Hospitality).

Employer of the Year accolades went to the winner, Reflections Holiday Parks, ahead of Oakvale Wildlife Park and FogHorn Brewery.

Gus and Louise Maher, the faces behind Newcastle Food Month, took out Industry Support Partner of the Year, with Out Of The Square and The Business Centre Newcastle also highly praised.

“The awards recognise the dedication, innovation and excellence of those who play a major role in the vibrant hospitality and tourism sector in Newcastle,” coordinator Paul O’Rourke said.

“They’re designed to recognise outstanding contributions across the visitor economy, including hotels, restaurants, tour operators and event organisers.

“We’re delighted the noms have increased from 2023.

“So, the gala night, where the winners are announced, promises to be a highlight for industry professionals.

“It would be remiss not to thank our supporters Earp Distilling Co, FogHorn Brewery, FordTronic, Newcastle Airport, Out Of The Square and Peter Drayton Wines.

“These sponsors are integral to the success of the awards, showcasing the collaborative spirit of Newcastle’s hospitality and tourism sector.”

Mr O’Rourke said a good time was assured for all in attendance.

“The awards night is not only an opportunity for the tourism and hospitality industries to celebrate their achievements, but they can also network with peers while acknowledging the exceptional contributions of their colleagues,” he explained.

“The NTIG committee members are looking forward to a fun, casual gala with music, exquisite food and premium wines, beers, and spirits.

“Raffle prizes have been pouring in, too.

“There’s a pool of $5,700, including on-water experiences, cases of wine and a chance to see Coldplay in November.”

Tickets for the gala night ($125 per person, which includes food, drinks and music) are still available at NTIG.org.au/Awards

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