More plaudits for rainforest resort
SINCE opening its doors, the Australis Angourie Rainforest resort has created a luxurious niche in the Clarence Valley tourism market with its ecofriendly surrounds.
And despite its relative newcomer status, the resort has cemented its reputation for quality by picking up a swag of prestigious state and national tourism awards.
But with no awards to speak of for 2005 after averaging about four per year in recent times, it was beginning to look as though the industry plaudits were headed elsewhere.
That was until last weekend when the resort took out the Best Convention/Conference Accommodation in Regional NSW category at the Hotel & Motel Accommodation's (HMAA) annual conference in the Blue Mountains.
The resort's office supervisor Belinda Sanders said the award had come following an intensive 'white glove' inspection and review by one of the HMAA's independent assessors last month.
"He spent quite a bit of time with Mark (Mitchell, the owner) just going through the operations process, how we deal with staff, the environmental factor behind the resort, so he went through everything," she said. "I don't know whether our everyday guests take it into consideration when they think about where they're going to stay but certainly on an industry level it's quite an important achievement."