09 August 2011
Every year the leaders of hospitality businesses, tourism and visitor attractions gather at the Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Awards of Excellence. The awards night is a chance for all of the professionals involved in tourism to recognise excellence in the Blue Mountains region.
Held at the Lithgow Civic Ballroom and hosted by Mr. Randall Walker, Chairman of Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism, the awards included categories such as Major Tourist Attractions, Sustainable Tourism, Young Achiever in Tourism and Heritage and Cultural Tourism.
Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) won in two categories at this year’s awards including the award for Tourism Education and Training as well as Outstanding Contribution to Tourism for Mr. Guy Bentley, CEO of BMIHMS. Mr. Jim Hopwood, BMIHMS Dean, was at the awards night and said “this is a great honour to win in two categories and it is a pleasure to be in such distinguished company.”
“The School has continued to work hard to ensure it remains one of the leading hotel schools in the Australia and the Asia Pacific region. I’m sure Mr. Bentley is very pleased to have received this award, especially after recently receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Accommodation Association of Australia.”
Themed a ‘night of stars’ the evening included a three-course dinner with local food and wine producers providing some of their fare. One of the highlights was the aerial fireworks display as guests arrived. Mr. Hopwood continued “it really is great to see so many businesses getting behind Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism and being able to showcase why this region is one of Australia’s biggest tourist attractions.”
For more information on Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, please visit www.bluemountains.edu.au or call +61 2 9437 0300.
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