Victorians who are working hard to grow the States tourism and provide memorable experiences to visitors have been recognised at the 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.
BIG4 Beacon Resort Holiday Park at Queenscliff took out the award in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category for the second consecutive year, with RACV Cobram Resort winning the Silver award and BIG4 Riverside Swan Hill the Bronze.
BIG4 Beacon Resort Vic. Caravan and Holiday Parks award Destination winner is at the entrance to Queenscliff, 90km south of Melbourne.
Beacon Resort is notable for its contemporary villas that set a trend of 'city style by the beach', with modern furnishings, original artworks and original design. BIG4 Beacon Resort, located at Classic Queenscliff on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula, has nine styles of accommodation to suit a variety of visitor markets from families on a budget, to couples seeking high-end accommodation. It truly exemplifies a resort with many additional facilities and activities included in the tariffs.
A family owned and operated business Beacon has seen the caravan industry grow over more than four decades from basic caravan and camping in the 70s when an amenities block and playground was seen as upmarket camping.
Beacon Resorts commitment to an ongoing program of facility upgrades and improvements to business practice and customer service has repeatedly set industry standards during its 45 years of operation. It was the first caravan park in Australia to build architecturally designed luxury cabins.
We congratulate all these deserving winners, Elizabeth White, CEO of the Victorian Caravan Parks Association, said today.
And in particular we congratulate BIG4 Beacon Resort Holiday Park for its continuing innovation and its focus on attention to customer service. This park is an outstanding example of quality accommodation in regional Victoria and of a commitment to staff training and product development to remain at the forefront of the industry.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren last night paid tribute to the 80 Victorian businesses recognised for their contribution to making Victorias tourism the envy of the nation.
Tourism contributes $21 billion to the states economy and generates jobs for 206,000 Victorians. Thats all thanks to those who operate our wineries, hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions - selling everything our state has to offer, John Eren said.
From Melbournes cosmopolitan culture to our regions unique charms, Victoria has something for everyone and the best of everything. Among last nights winners were caravan and holiday parks, wineries and the world-renowned Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Additionally, seven businesses were inducted into the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for winning an award for a third-straight year. The Victorian Labor Government recently unveiled Visit Victoria, the states new entity charged with growing the important industry, and has committed an additional $80 million towards Victorias events war chest.
The Labor Government will invest $3 million in the most ambitious regional marketing campaign inthe states history, while Brand Victoria will help sell the States strengths as Victoria competes for trade and investment, tourism, migration, major events and education.
Here are highlights of the 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards and a list of the Hall of Fame inductees.
Highlights of the 2015 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards included:
Sovereign Hill Major Tourist Attractions award.
2014 Melbourne Cup Carnival Major Festivals and Events award.
Bendigo Tramways Cultural Tourism award.
Wine Food Farmgate Destination Marketing award.
BIG4 Beacon Resort Caravan and Holiday Parks award.
Drift House Luxury Accommodation award.
Y Water Discovery Centre New Tourism Business award.
Green Olive at Red Hill Excellence in Food Tourism award.
Kathryn MacKenzie Outstanding Contribution by an Individual.
Matthew McDonald Young Achievers award.
RACV Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame inductees:
Stillwater at Crittenden.
Enchanted Adventure Garden and Tree Surfing.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival.