The Blue Mountains tourism accommodation sector was well represented at the 2014 Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence, with two venues winning several regional awards.
The prestigious Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa was a major winner at the annual gala ceremony, winning the Regional Deluxe Hotel Accommodation of the Year award.
It also won Regional Restaurant of the Year for its Wolgan Dining Room, Best Environmental Initiative and was a joint winner of the new Health Spa and Club Facilities of the Year category.
Respected employee Morag Ritchie won the Public Relations, Sales/Marketing Employee of the Year category.
Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant won the Regional Superior Hotel Accommodation of the Year award.
TAA (NSW) chairperson Nigel Greenaway said both venues proved that accommodation in regional areas matched the best the city had to offer.
“Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant is a delightful and welcoming property located in a fantastic location overlooking the escarpment of the Blue Mountains, whilst Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa offers a luxurious and quintessentially Australian experience in an iconic Australian location.
“Both venues are representative of the best in accommodation in NSW and that was recognised at last night’s ceremony.’
Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Daniel Myles said: “Of course this is wonderful news but I’m hardly surprised – the first tourist destination in Australia is synonymous with quality establishments such as Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa and Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant.
“And they’re located in a pristine World Heritage Area right on the doorstep of Australia’s largest city.’’
The Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains was highly commended in the Conference Venue of the Year category at the Awards for Excellence.
Meanwhile, Scenic World at Katoomba took out the Best Engineering category at the Australian Steel Institute NSW Awards for its Scenic Railway, the steepest passenger railway in the world.