Thursday, September 16th, 2010
Sydney, Australia, 15 September 2010 – Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa has been honoured with the prestigious Overall Hotel of the Year Award at the 2010 Australian Hotels Association (AHA) National Awards for Excellence.

Also winning the Best Environmental Practice and Best Deluxe Hotel Accommodation, Wolgan Valley received the most hotel awards of the evening; a glowing testament to the world-class design, service standards and unique experiences found at Australia’s first luxury conservation-based resort.

Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa said: “It is gratifying to be recognised by our hotel industry peers. These awards are both recognition of Emirates’ commitment to Australia, our global promotion of this unique tourism destination; and the Wolgan Valley team’s hard work and dedication to providing world class hospitality to our guests since opening less than a year ago.”

A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. Occupying just two per cent of a 4,000-acre conservancy reserve, Wolgan Valley combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to conservation of threatened and endangered wildlife, ecological and environmental sustainability.

Selecting Australia for Emirates’ first hospitality development outside Dubai, the A$125 million project represents a significant investment into the Australian tourism industry, as well as in local communities surrounding the resort. As Emirates’ third largest market globally, the opening of Wolgan Valley in Australia further demonstrates the long-term commitment to the country.

The annual AHA National Awards for Excellence recognise the leaders in hospitality and honour the achievements of excellence in a wide range of categories in the accommodation industry.

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Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa opened in October 2009.  Located within its own 4,000 acre conservation reserve and nestled between two national parks bordering the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the conservation-based Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa sets new standards in luxury travel. Combining the expectations of the high-end traveller with the broader social, ecological and environmental aspects of the resort, it will be the only experience of its kind in Australia.

This secluded resort features 40 individual suites surrounded by private decks, each having its own indoor/outdoor swimming pool. Its architecture is designed to be reminiscent of traditional rural Australian homesteads.

As Emirates Hotels & Resorts’ first hospitality development outside Dubai, the Au$125 million project was built on the same principles as Emirates’ acclaimed Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, fully integrated into its environment and supporting wide-ranging conservation practices. These will focus on endangered species protection and the planting of thousands of native trees indigenous to the area, including one of the world's rarest trees, the Wollemi Pine.

“Wolgan Valley’s combination of luxury, iconic location and outstanding conservation values, truly cannot be paralleled,” said Tony Williams, Senior Vice President, Resorts & Projects, Emirates Hotels & Resorts. “It provides the essential Australian experience which exposes the visitor to an understanding of the amazing continent and its heritage.”

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