BIG4 Beacon Resort has been named one of the countrys top tourism performers, collecting the national award for Tourist and Caravan Parks at the Qantas 2009 Australian Tourism Awards.
We have won this big gold thing and we are over the moon, Lorraine Golightly of Beacon Resort told GoSee today.
Up to now we have always been the bridesmaid with a run of 'Hall of Merit'performances, she said.
BIG4 Beacon Resort was one of five Victorian winners including the Melbourne Aquarium, at the tourism awards gala held in Hobart on Friday 26 February.
As the most prestigious event on the tourism industry calendar, the national awards celebrate outstanding tourism businesses, attractions, events and individuals from every state and territory.
This is the start of our 40th year at BIG4 Beacon, it is a thrill to win this converted award and to be a part of such an exciting and growing industry. Our team work tirelessly to achieve excellence in customer service, it is a great recognition to their dedication Lorraine Golightly said.
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 has seen the caravan industry grow over the past four decades from basic caravan and camping in the 70s when an amenities block and playground was seen as upmarket camping.
BIG4 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 40 years of operation. Most recently it became the first caravan park in Australia to build architecturally designed luxury cabins.
Victorian Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding commended the team from BIG4 Beacon Resort on their accolade, describing their achievement as a great win for the State.
Businesses like BIG4 Beacon Resort are an important asset to the Victorian tourism industry and represent the depth and quality of our tourism offerings.
BIG4 Beacon Resorts success at the Australian Tourism Awards is a testament to the teams capacity to excel in a competitive and challenging environment, Mr Holding said.
The tourism industry is a significant economic driver for Victoria, contributing $15.8 billion to the Victorian economy and employing 185,000 people across the state.
The success of Victorian tourism operators shows that we have the people, the skills, the capacity and the commitment to continue to buck the downward global trend in tourism, Mr Holding said.
Victorias finalists qualified for national award consideration after winning their category at the Melbourne Airport Victorian Tourism Awards gala and presentation ceremony in November 2009. More than 1200 guests attended the event at the Crown Palladium.
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