Pubs across Albury and Districts have a new industry voice with NSW operations manager for Harvest Hotel Group Tom Gurr recently appointed along with seven other NSW hoteliers and industry representatives as a delegate to the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW Council.
Mr Gurr offers a long history within the industry, not only bringing a wealth of personal experience, but as the son of AHA NSW delegate and current life member Pat Gurr and brother of Ben Gurr – the previous AHA NSW delegate for New England.
“I am from a regional hotel family, and representing our industry is in my DNA with dad and my brother both participating as AHA NSW delegates,” he said.
“Our family believes a strong AHA NSW ensures our industry can deal with the many challenges we face in this highly regulated landscape.”
Throughout a long industry career, Mr Gurr has crafted his expertise at a number of regional pubs including the Bridge Tavern at Wagga Wagga and the Whitebull Hotel in Armidale, all the while being educated at what he calls ‘the publican factory’ – St Joseph’s College, at Hunter’s Hill.
“I have now joined the Harvest Hotel Group as NSW Operations Manager, which is a good fit as the portfolio is regionally-based with Brady’s Railway Hotel and Northside Hotel both located in Albury, The Victoria Hotel and the William Farrer Hotel in Wagga Wagga, The Milestone Hotel in Dubbo, The Courthouse Hotel in Tamworth, the Windsor Castle in Maitland and the Woy Woy Hotel on the Central Coast.
“My role means I have vision of a good cross-section of regional hotels and can offer observations of the state of play regionally. What I hope to get out is a better understanding of the challenges we face and report back on the successes we have working together for the greater good.”
Mr Gurr described the hospitality industry as both ‘fluid and dynamic’, and said he relishes the opportunity to help create iconic regional pub experiences for patrons.
“I get a great deal of satisfaction from creating a hospitality experience that allows people to socialise in safety and satisfy that innate tribalism in all of us,” he said.
“As part of this role I am looking forward to contributing my passion for creating that experience and also broadening my horizons through the relationships I build with like-minded professionals at an association level.”