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Q Station Manly Is a Winner of the Skål Sustainable Development in Tourism Awards, 2013, in the category of Urban Accommodation.
Now in its 12th year, the Awards were presented at the Opening Ceremony of the 74th Skål World Congress, New York, in 30th September. Skål is the largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals in the world. It was established in 1934 to encourage environmental conservation and responsible and sustainable tourism. Winners were awarded on their contribution to the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, community involvement, educational features, business viability and innovation. Director of Mawland Group, Mr Max Player said, “We are proud to receive this prestigious international award.” “We recognise the valuable legacy of this harbourside site and are committed to the conservation and interpretation of the site as a place of national and international significance in the history of health and migration,” he said. The Q Station (formerly Quarantine Station) has integrated environmental management and sustainable management practices into the operation of a successful hotel.This international Award will increase awareness about this iconic Sydney site around the world. Listed on the Australian National Heritage Register, the Q Station stands alongside Sydney Harbour icons: the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is a stunningly beautiful and lovingly restored retreat, home to the story of migration to Australia and custodian of 15,000 historical items, the most significant of which are on display. Within its 30 hectare estate lie 65 buildings and almost 200 years of memories from post European arrivals. Operating within a 30 hectare estate of environmental significance involves balancing the daily logistics of transporting food and beverages, staff and supplies and around 3000 visitors per week. As well as complying with strict State consent conditions, and operation within historic premises not purpose-built for the hospitality industry, we have achieved public, government and media approval for sustainability and investment in the natural and cultural heritage of the site. Paul Davies, Architects and Heritage Consultants, have worked with Mawland Group from the inception of the Q Station project. They have prepared the Conservation Management Plan, and detailed adaptation documentation for the hotel. The plans involved rebuilding several buildings destroyed by fires, preparing numerous applications and site-wide plans, and working with the National Parks &Wildlife Service and the NSW Heritage Council. The Consultants have achieved an outstanding adaptation of a highly significant and sensitive historic site that secures its future. Extensive publicity and marketing of the site, highlighting sustainability, conservation, adaptive reuse, and the fascinating history of the site, has led to Q Station being seen as one of the emerging icons of Sydney tourism. Q Station Manly is managed by Accor Hotels & Resorts. To-date, they have received many awards and kudos for their operations on this site. Source: Press release
Marriott International Ranked #7 on List of the 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces
For the third consecutive year, Marriott International has been recognized as one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work®, the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. Ranked 7th out of 25, Marriott is the highest-ranked hotel company on the list, building on its inclusion on Great Place to Work lists in multiple countries around the world, including Brazil, India, Japan, Mexico, United Arab Emirates and the United States. “We are very pleased to have been honoured once again as one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by Great Place to Work Institute,” said David Rodriguez, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Marriott International. “In a highly competitive environment, particularly in rapidly expanding markets such as the Asia Pacific and Middle East, being recognized as one of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces further reinforces our reputation as a top employer in global markets.” Source: Press release
SoHo Awards: DoubleTree Wins Best Integrated Digital Campaign
Hilton Worldwide’s brand DoubleTree by Hilton won the 2013 Social Hotel Award for best integrated digital campaign, brand. The Little Things Project Tour and supporting social media campaign revolved around the message, “At DoubleTree by Hilton, the little things mean everything.” From May 2012 to November 2012 the campaign bridged the digital and physical world with the Swarm Car that asked travelers to send requests to DoubleTree’s Twitter account with the hashtag #LittleThings. There also was a traveling pop-up event marked by the “Tell Me Tree.” Bloggers and consumers were targeted for outreach via frequent Twitter and Facebook updates. The campaign included local deals, free Wi-Fi, device charging stations, instant-win cards promoting the Facebook sweepstakes and free chocolate chip cookies to drive enrollment in Hilton Worldwide’s HHonors loyalty program. Source: HotelsMag
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