Amid fierce competition and in front of more than 800 key industry representatives gathered at the Optus Stadium in Perth on 23 February for the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre, was named “Best Business Event Venue” in Australia. Located within the picturesque Hahndorf Resort the award recognised its provision of unique, world class business event services and facilities.
General Manager, Victoria Fox along with owners Brian and Lynn Schirripa accepted the national award on the night. “This award recognises the hard work that our dedicated team has put in for the last three and a half years to build a quality meetings and events product that’s putting Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills on the map. I thank the Schirripa family for having the passion and vision to invest in and develop our state of the art venue “, said Victoria Fox.
Adelaide Hills Convention Centre is located a convenient 20 minutes from Adelaide’s CBD and was fully-renovated just three years ago. With capacity for 400+ guests, the centre offers an unparalleled function centre to host conferences, corporate incentives, weddings and gala events.
Rising above the valleys in the picturesque Mount Lofty Ranges, the purpose-built function and event centre is perched atop 32 acres of manicured grounds. Service excellence is the team’s number one priority, along with providing incredible locally sourced food curated by the centre’s on-site 5-star Executive Chef, fully integrated AV solutions, stunning on-site accommodation, break-out room options plus event management services to create flawless experiences that see clients from across the country returning time and again.
The Adelaide Hills based Schirripa family purchased the Hahndorf Resort and on-site Convention Centre in 2013 with a vision to create an innovative, sustainable and profitable long-term family tourism business which, through continual improvement would prosper for generations to come. Its proximity to the iconic Hahndorf township, a multitude of award winning wineries, local food producers and Australian wildlife experiences has enabled management to develop collaborative relationships with operators as well as regional Tourism bodies for the benefit of their guests
Now, four years since purchase and following significant investment, planning and development, the family’s original vision has been executed. The centre welcomed over 10,500 guests for 142 events in 2017. The centre employs 26 staff, 80% of which live in the Adelaide Hills and 100% of its suppliers are based locally.
This national win is the best recognition the team could have ever asked for.