Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Who is cream of the crop in Ulster's hospitality sector?

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Pictured at the awards Garvan Rice, sales director, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn, Winner of Industry Achievement Award Danny Rice, The Old Inn Crawfordsburn and awards host Roy Walker.
Samantha Ferguson and George Graham, Radisson Blue Roe Park Resort, Limavaddy; winners of the Hotel of the Year (Over 75 Rooms) Award (sponsored by NI Visitors Journal) and Brenda Courtney, NI Visitors Journal at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards 2010.

The Hastings Everglades Hotel in the Waterside has lifted the Hotel Of the Year award at the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards.

The most prestigious awards for the licensed, catering, tourism and hospitality industry, the Molson Coors Licensed & Catering News Awards are independently judged by industry watchdog Spotcheck NI.

The awards are used to raise industry standards, reward innovative and entrepreneurial spirit and professionalism across all sectors.

The Everglades in Prehen won the Hotel of the Year Award (for hotels of less than 75 rooms) for Northern Ireland at the ceremony in Belfast.

In addition, the Everglades own trainee manager James Toal was named Hospitality Trainee Manager of the Year.

Judges commented on the Everglades’ recent sophisticated refurbishment and the contemporary feel of the hotel, as well as approving the fact that local artists’ work is displayed throughout the property, and the significant investment Hastings Hotels make in staff training at the Everglades.

Judges also said they were thoroughly impressed with the level of customer service throughout the hotel and particularly mentioned the impression James Toal had made.

Stephen Redden, general manager of the Everglades Hotel was delighted with the double win.

He said: “Here at the Everglades we are thrilled to have the hard work and dedication of all the staff recognised by these prestigious awards.

“It is always a boost to get this kind of recognition, and I am also very pleased that James Toal’s drive and ambition have also garnered such high praise – he is a great example and role model to other staff members.”

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