QHA accommodation general managers, concierges, sommeliers, food & beverage managers and venue managers joined the inaugural Regional Wine Trail experience in the Stanthorpe Region on 2-3 March, organised by the QHA in conjunction with the Queensland Wine Industry Association. The trail’s aim was to explore the Granite Belt and Scenic Rim regions and learn more about the farms, vineyards and communities that provide us with such unique produce to showcase in QHA member restaurants and venues. This invitation only tour focussed on those members who have a strong food and beverage offering and who we believed would benefit from learning more about the range of produce available on their doorstep.

Queensland’s wine industry is one of the state’s best kept secrets. The history of the industry dates back to the 1860’s and, like all good wines has further developed with age. The Queensland wine industry consists of over 90 wineries and is renowned for its alternative and emerging varietals. We experienced the passion and commitment to the wine industry through winemakers at Ridgemill Estate, Ballandean Estate, Tobin Wines, Symphony Hill Wines, Hidden Creek Winery, Heritage Estate Wines and Bunjurgen Estate. A sensational four course degustation dinner was enjoyed at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism where matching wines from the college were served with each course.

With the recent challenges of severe drought and bushfires there is no better time than now to promote the Queensland wine industry!!



QHA’s Accommodation Division would like to welcome Ana-Maria Connelly as the newly appointed Membership Officer for the Accommodation Division working alongside Judy Hill, Accommodation Division Manager.

Ana-Maria was born and raised in New Zealand where she worked in the financial sector for some 12 years. After leaving the bank she moved to Brisbane with her husband and three children.

Here Ana-Maria initially moved into the education and training sector working alongside many organisations’ senior teams to develop their leadership credentials.

Ana-Maria is excited to now be a part of the Queensland Hotels Association and looks forward to not only creating great relationships with the Accommodation division’s existing members but also attracting new members so they can enjoy the professional services offered by QHA.