Across NSW and ACT last night, Accor hotels scooped eight coveted tourism awards at glittering black tie events held in Sydney and Canberra on 28 November 2013.
Held in the Grand Ballroom of Royal Randwick, the NSW Tourism Awards set a benchmark for best practice within the tourism industry and publicly recognises the state’s finest tourism operators.
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, an MGallery hotel was awarded Best Business Tourism and Best Deluxe Accommodation capping off a milestone year for the resort as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. After completing a $12 million dollar renovation in 2012 which saw all guestrooms, public areas and facilities upgraded, and with further expansion plans in place which include the building of a state-of-the-art day spa, Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains continues to go from strength to strength. General Manager for the resort, Bernie Boller, said winning the awards was a testament to the staff and hotel owners in bringing first-class service and authentic experiences to guests.
Accor’s revered Homebush hotels, Novotel Sydney Olympic Park and Pullman Sydney Olympic Park took home three awards, with Novotel taking out Silver Best Deluxe Accommodation and Pullman Sydney Olympic Park winning the Silver Business Tourism and Silver Luxury Accommodation awards. Since opening in 2008, Pullman Sydney Olympic Park has set a benchmark for luxury accommodation in Greater Western Sydney and along with Novotel, continues to be a key player in supporting major events to the Olympic Park precinct.
At the Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards held at the National Gallery of Australia, Novotel Canberra took out the Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism for the second year running. The hotel also won the Austereo Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism which came with a $12,500 media prize package.
General Manager for Novotel Canberra, Neil Paterson, said the hotel continually strives to implement ecologically friendly practices and winning the award was validation of the efforts they’ve gone to.
“Winning the Sustainable Tourism award for the second year running is a real pat on the back for all the work our staff go to and I share this award with them. Some of the standout initiatives we’ve put in place include our electric car charging station which we provide free for guests using our carpark, our roll out of Accor’s Planet 21 green program and our support of the worm farm at Able Organic Recycling in Weston Creek where all of our food scraps go. Our guests recognise and value the practices we’ve put in place and we’ll continue to go above and beyond when it comes to making our city a greener place.”
A true supporter of the Arts in Canberra, Novotel Canberra was also highly commended for its marketing submission for its Toulouse Lautrec activities, only missing out to ACT Tourism’s submission. Mollie Walsh, Novotel Canberra’s Business Development Executive was awarded the Young Achiever in Tourism award – a wonderful achievement after working at the hotel for less than 18 months.