On Monday 9th November 2009, the Australian Hotels Association NSW Division hosted their annual Life Members luncheon at a prestigious 5 star hotel in Sydney.
A select gathering of around 70 hotel industry identities, including current Life Members and Past Presidents gathered to catch up with old friends and to recognize the contribution made by this years recipients of the Life Members award.
AHA (NSW) CEO, Ms Sally Fielke said “Today is about recognizing the contributions of some of our most outstanding members – members who have been long term contributors to the industry and who have gone above and beyond just the day-to-day challenges of running their own hotels”.
One of the first recipients to receive the Life member award was George Bedwani, Chief Operations Officer for Transmetro Corporation – the parent company of Metro Hotels.
George was Chairman of the Accommodation Division of the AHA (NSW) for six years and represented the Australian Hotel industry as part of the delegation sent from Australia to Atlanta in 1996 to gain experience in preparation for the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. After holding senior management positions with Cypress Lakes Resort, Stamford Hotels, Intercontinental and Accor Hotels, George was appointed by Transmetro Corporation Limited as Chief Operations Officer, responsible for the management of Metro Hotels 15 accommodation properties throughout Australia as well as the Paddy Maguires chain of three Irish and one English theme pubs in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.