Leading New South Wales development hospitality group, IRIS Capital, has received a total of 21 nominations as finalists in the prestigious 2018 Australian Hotels Association NSW Awards for Excellence.
Recognised as the most prestigious awards programme in the hospitality industry, the AHA Awards honour the achievement of excellence in NSW hotels across a variety of categories.
With an acclaimed portfolio of hotels nation-wide, IRIS has received a range of nominations from a variety of categories.
“The AHA Awards for excellence are pre-eminent industry awards and significant prestige to be a finalist, let alone winner,” said Craig Hibbard, General Manager of IRIS Capital.
“The Awards are recognition of the owners and teams coming together to support a community in which we operate.”
“It is amazing to be recognised in front of your industry peers for the contribution,” he said when asked how he felt about the nominations.
Mr Hibbard said it was the small things that matter when it comes to getting customers to keep coming back.
“Opening the door for a mum with a pram or singing happy birthday at someone’s 60th. Saying hello to the customers by name or simply saying thank you. Our team goes out of their way to make the experience at our venues not just enjoyable but memorable.”
Peden’s Family Hotel is one of the newest members of the Iris family.
Originally established in 1908 Aberdare, Hotel Cessnock was renamed to Peden’s Family Hotel when Iris acquired the hotel in August 2018.
This hotel has also been named as a finalist in the upcoming AHA Awards for excellence.
Mr Hibbard is particularly proud of the Peden’s Family Hotel and said the team works hard to maintain great relationships with their customers by being connected to the community.
They achieve this through a range of sponsorship's and community organisations as well a strong local network of customers.
“Our staff engage at a completely different level.”
The two newest additions to the IRIS group, the Sydney Junction Hotel and the Gunyah Hotel have collectively been nominated as finalists for seven different categories including Best Family Friendly, Heart of the Community, Best Social Media Activity, Best Gaming Venue, Best Sports Bar, Best Bar TAB and Country Chef of the Year.
Winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony on Tuesday, 20 November at The Star Event Centre, Sydney.
The team at IRIS Capital are excited about their nominations and are looking forward to attending the presentation ceremony to celebrate the success of their stunning hotels.