Cairns hotel takes out prestigious awards 

by Mia Chapman Last Updated
Cairns hotel takes out prestigious awards 

A Cairns hotel has achieved a triple accolade at the 2020 Luxury Hotel Awards.

The Hotel Conservation reports that Pullman Reef Hotel Casino was awarded the coveted title of winner in the Australia and Oceania Luxury Casino Hotel category and its signature restaurant, Tamarind Restaurant, took first place in the Australia and Oceania Fusion Cuisine category.

In November, Tamarind Restaurant was also voted the best restaurant in a Queensland Club/Hotel/Casino at the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of Australia’s 2020 Queensland Awards for Excellence.

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino general manager Wayne Renolds said he could not be more proud to receive such prestigious awards.

“To be recognised both locally in Queensland and on the international stage, is such a great accolade for our hotel and restaurant teams,” Mr Reynolds said.

“It is also great recognition for the city of Cairns and the entire Great Barrier Reef region.”

Positioned alongside the picturesque Trinity Inlet and enjoying both city and water reviews, the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino is the most prestigious hotel in Cairns and the greater Tropical North Queensland region.

The five-star hotel facilities include a rooftop swimming pool, sauna and a gymnasium, one of Australia’s finest boutique casinos, excellent dining experiences and bars, live entertainment, conference venues, banqueting facilities and a domed roof top wildlife and ropes course immersion experience which is home to complex ambassador Goliath, a 4.5 metre estuarine crocodile.

Led by Executive Chef John Crank and guided by Sous Chef Graeme Miles, Tamarind Restaurant is the most awarded restaurant in Cairns.

It is the only restaurant in Cairns to hold a coveted Chef Hat Award from the Australian Good Food Guide, an award renowned for recognising exceptional chefs and food excellence.

It is a worthy recipient of these awards, recognising the team’s exceptional performance, passion and dedication in creating the unique Tamarind Restaurant experience.

Man in custody after Cairns casino incident 

A man is in custody after being involved in a chemical leak at a Cairns casino, which resulted in an evacuation and hospitalisation of eight people.

Cairns Post reported in early November that a 34-year-old Woree man is in custody and is alleged to have sprayed a canister in the air at the Reef Hotel Casino shortly before 10pm on Sunday, causing discomfort and breathing difficulties to several people.

Casino management reported the incident to emergency services and crews attended to investigate.

“We had reports from management there saying there was some sort of a chemical leak, there was a really bad chemical smell at the ground floor gaming room and everyone was evacuating,” a QFES spokeswoman said.

“We investigated, we sent two men in breathing apparatus to check all the gas readings, all levels were normal.”

Eight people were assessed by paramedics and taken to Cairns Hospital in a stable condition as a precaution after “reportedly being exposed to a substance.”

A police spokeswoman said the Woree man allegedly then went on to a Lake Street pub and attempted to pay for some drinks with counterfeit money.

“Police allege he assaulted a security guard with capsicum spray when evicted from the pub,” she said.

The Woree man has been charged with dangerous conduct with a weapon, possessing counterfeit money, assaults occasioning bodily harm and two counts of unlawful possession of weapons.

He is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on November 17.

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