Sunshine Coast tourism operators, Mark and Joanne Skinner, owners of Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat in Montville, have just been awarded the highly coveted award for “hosted accommodation” at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards at Australia’s tourism premier event held at Hobart on Friday night.
“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award as recognition of our stunning property and to draw attention to the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland region, clearly Australia’s best kept secret! The awards are an important aspect of our business, providing us with the opportunity to plan and review our marketing, service delivery, staff development and sustainability in a formal process. To be rewarded for this is icing on the cake, and something that our whole organisation takes great pride in,” said Mark.
“We are privileged to be in the business of selling romance, and to receive the award on Valentines weekend is extra special!”
Narrow Escape won the Queensland Tourism Award in both 2012 and 2011 in the Hosted Accommodation category. Finalists for the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are drawn from the State and Territory Tourism Awards across 27 categories.
The Australian Tourism Awards have been operating since 1985 – and are the industry’s peak awards program. Winners and finalists were announced at the glamorous awards night at Princess Wharf, Salamanca, Hobart on Friday evening.
Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat is a boutique hideaway with six luxuriously appointed cottages.
Set amidst a subtropical rainforest and meandering creek, the retreat specialises in romantic couple getaways where guests can relax, rejuvenate and revive their senses.
“We are delighted to receive this recognition amongst such outstanding tourism products and operators. A special thanks to our staff for their loyalty and assistance and an even greater thanks to our wonderful clients that make this such a rewarding industry to be involved in,” said Joanne.
“It’s important to promote the Sunshine Coast to the local, national and international markets,” said Mark. “We would like to acknowledge the support that we have received from the tourism and travel industry, including Skal International, Sunshine Coast Destination, the Australian Tourism Export Council and Tourism Events Queensland.”