Best Business Hotel goes to...
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Qantas magazine Editor-In-Chief Kirsten Galliott with Anneke Brown, the General Manager of COMO The Treasury Perth , which took the gong for Best Business Hotel.
A Qantas first with support from Acer
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The inaugural Qantas magazine Business Travel Awards, supported by Acer, were created to celebrate the hotels, restaurants, corporate retreats and conference centres that make doing business more pleasure than pain. Winners received custom-designed trophies from Etchcraft, an Australian company.
On a high
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Kirsten Galliott, Editor-In-Chief of Qantas magazine, with co-owners Ben Clark and Nate Wilkins of Melbourne's Higher Ground. The year-old cafe won Best Venue for a Breakfast Meeting.
A warm welcome
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Finalists and guests gathered at Sydney's Olio Kensington Street, where the winners of the Business Travel Awards were announced.
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The new ICC Sydney was awarded Best Conference Venue. From left: Lynell Peck, director of culinary services; Lesley Gillett, marketing and communications manager; Samantha Glass, director of communications; and CEO Geoff Donaghy.
Raise a glass of Mumm
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Beaming smiles and champagne courtesy of G.H. Mumm. David Jones, sales and marketing manager of Elements of Byron, shows off his award for Best Large-Scale Corporate Retreat. Fortunately, Sally Scott from The New Inchcolm Hotel had an award of her own – the boutique Brisbane hotel won Best Meeting Room.
Winner Best Large-Scale Corporate Retreat
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Qantas Magazine Editor-In-Chief Kirsten Galliott with Michael Skinner, the general manager of Elements of Byron. The resort won Best Large-Scale Corporate Retreat.
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The winners of the Business Travel Awards also received a bottle of St Hugo Private Collection 2012 Shiraz as part of their prize.
Winner Best Restaurant for a Business Lunch or Dinner
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Ross Lusted, owner of The Bridge Room in Sydney, poses with his trophy for Best Restaurant for a Business Lunch or Dinner next to Qantas magazine Editor-In-Chief Kirsten Galliott.
A first-class feast
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Head chef Arnolfo Raimond dished up beautifully plated serves of modern Sicilian food, from charred octopus with Sicilian olives to risoni with braised mushrooms.
Winner Best Private Dining Room
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From left: Kirsten Galliott of Qantas Magazine with Nino Zoccali, owner of The Restaurant Pendolino in Sydney, and his wife, Krissoula Syrmis. Pendolino, a modern Italian restaurant in Sydney's CBD, took home the Best Private Dining Room award.