RACV, winery win tourism awards
TWO South Gippsland businesses have won at the 2012 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.
They are RACV Inverloch Resort and Waratah Hills Vineyard in Fish Creek.
The awards were presented during a glittering night at Crown Palladium Melbourne, in front of more than 1000 industry representatives.
Waratah Hills won the Minister’s Encouragement Award and the RACV Resort the Deluxe Accommodation Award, giving the businesses the opportunity of representing Victoria at the national awards in Hobart next February.
This is the second successive year the RACV Inverloch Resort has won the Deluxe Accommodation Award.
Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Centre was a finalist in the Victorian Visitor Information Services category and Grantville’s Maru Koala and Animal Park a finalist in the Tourist Attractions bracket.
State Tourism and Events Minister Louise Asher said the awards promoted professionalism, innovation and creativity in the tourism industry.
The chief executive officer of Destination Gippsland, Terry Robinson, said the region had strong representation in the finals, highlighting the quality of Gippsland’s tourism and the high standard of tourism businesses.
He said Destination Gippsland had been a strong supporter of the Victorian Tourism Awards and offered a mentoring service to the region’s first-time entrants.
RACV Inverloch Resort manager Caillin Flint said the award recognised the quality of the accommodation and experience at the Inverloch resort and acknowledged “the team’s focus on providing the best customer service”.
Mr Flint said the 32 hectare resort on the Inverloch beachfront boasted a striking design featuring a variety of accommodation options, striking views, a wetland, a wildlife haven, recreation facilities and dining options “which once again all rated highly with the judging panel”.
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