By Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
Led by the only six-star accommodation in NSW, eight Blue Mountains and Lithgow tourism businesses have topped leading travel advisory site TripAdvisor’s awards for excellence.
Broomelea B&B at Leura, Shelton-Lea B&B, Edgelinks B&B and Lurline House at Katoomba, Eagle View Escape at Lithgow, Blue Mountains Explorer Bus and Blue Mountains Adventure Company have all been deemed among the best in the land in their category by the ultimate judges of any business – consumers.
The six-star Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa near Lithgow has validated its global attention with a Certificate of Excellence in the “Top 10% of all hotels in the world for traveller feedback”, an
award also received by the Best Western Alpine Motor Inn at Katoomba.
Recognised as the Best Hotel in Australia by TripAdvisor in January, the latest win was not just an achievement for Emirates and its employees but something the whole tourism industry could be proud of, that Australia did indeed showcase some of the best experiential luxury product in the world.
Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa general manager Joost Heymeijer said the certificate was “a wonderful achievement for Emirates and we’re honoured to be recognised by our guests’’.
“From the outset, we have always strived to deliver a unique, world-class Australian experience. From our commitment to conservation, thoughtful architecture and understated design to supporting local producers, it is clear our ethos has resonated with guests and we’re humbled by the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor.’’
Blue Mountains Explorer Bus and Blue Mountains Adventure Company each also received a Certificate of Excellence 2013 for being the best attractions in Australia. Broomelea
B&B at Leura, Shelton-Lea B&B, Lurline House and Edgelinks B&B at
Katoomba and Eagle View Escape at Lithgow were named among the Top 25 B&Bs and Inns in Australia.
Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) chairman Randall Walker said: “Congratulations to all BMLOT region operators who have achieved excellence in the minds of those who are most important to any business – their customers. Businesses achieve excellence through innovation, passion and sheer hard work, not by accident or luck, and these award winners are a testament to that.’’