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Awards aplenty: Tall Timbers Tasmania’s John Dabner (pictured far left) says a true team effort is behind the Smithton business winning five awards at the Tasmanian Hospitality Awards for Excellence on Monday night, including Best Guided Tour Experience for ‘The Tarkine Wilderness 4WD Adventure Tour’. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Accolades. The awards just keep coming for Tall Timbers Tasmania, as the Smithton business collects another five at the Tasmanian Hospitality Awards (THA) for Excellence.

Attended by close to 600 people, the industry awards night was held at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart on Monday evening.

Tall Timbers was named best in the following categories: Outstanding Community Service and Achievement, Best Mid-Range Accommodation, Best Sports Bar, Hotel of the Year – Regional, and Best Guided Tour Experience for its Tarkine Wilderness 4WD Adventure Tour.

There to accept the awards was general manager John Dabner, accompanied by operations manager Jackie Grey, senior duty manager Matthew Gillow and wife Orn.

“It’s a great team effort,” Mr Dabner said of the overall commitment from staff.

“It’s great to be recognised at the state level.

“Congratulations to all the team for all their hard work and effort over the years.”

Mr Dabner said the business had won in five of the eight categories entered.

“The best one overall is the best regional hotel,” he said, which means staff and community members can take pride in knowing theirs is the best hotel in the region.

“It’s great too that we won Best Mid-Range Accommodation, just goes to show the time and effort we put into upgrading the rooms in the last three years over winter, has been recognised in winning the award.”

THA general manager Steve Old congratulated each of the winners on the night.

“The [awards] have once again recognised Tasmania’s best hospitality venues from around the state,” he said.

“The standard of professionalism and excellence is higher than ever before which is good news not only for guests in our venues but for the industry as a whole.”

The news follows Tallies’ success at the Cradle Coast Regional Tourism Awards in July, when the business was named winner in the ‘Standard Accommodation Four Stars and Below – Hotel Style’ category.

Tall Timbers will now enter three categories in the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Awards for Excellence, to be held on the Gold Coast, Queensland on Monday September 19.

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