Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is proving bigger is better, scoring back to back wins at the State (Meeting Events Australia) Industry Awards.
Announced late last week at the 2015 New South Wales State MEA Industry Awards Gala Dinner, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, collected the award for Best Meeting Venue – 500 Delegates or more. This is the first win for the Resort in this category due to the Opening of the Hunter Valley Conference & Events Centre in January 2015 growing its maximum delegate capacity from 450 to 1600. Last year the Resort won the 2014 State and National Industry Award for Best Meeting Venue – Under 500 Delegates.
Robert Coates, General Manager, said the award re-affirmed the position of the Hunter Valley as a leading conference and events destination in regional New South Wales and is thrilled to be recognised in this category given the amount of effort that was put into the planning of, launch and subsequent operation of the largest Conference and Events Centre in Northern NSW.
“The win demonstrates the positive impact the newly built Conference and Events Centre has had on increasing demand and driving additional business not only for our hotel, but for the region as well. It is hugely rewarding for our Resort and our team to be recognised for how well we combine together to deliver successful conferences and major events, especially during one of our busiest years to date.” Robert said.
Accepting the award on the team’s behalf, Alexander Handley, Marketing Manager for Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley said the Resort was especially proud of the award win given the level of competition in New South Wales. The team are now looking forward to attending the 2015 National MEA Industry Awards in April, where Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is also nominated in the Corporate Social Responsibilities and Education award categories.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley recognised their owners, the Schwartz Family Company for their continued investment in major new developments for the Resort, which of course includes the $6m Hunter Valley Conference and Events Centre in 2015, from which they are now seeing the rewards.
2015 was a highly successful and record breaking year for Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, and the Resort has just announced several new and exciting developments which will take place in 2016. “With these new developments, strong demand from MICE clients and positive market conditions, 2016 will see Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley continue to be the stand-out venue in Regional NSW” Robert said.