Shizuka Ryokan has been named 2013 Winner of the Victorian Tourism Award for Health and Wellbeing Tourism.
Additionally, the Japanese country spa & wellness retreat in Hepburn Springs was also awarded runner up finalist for the Hosted Accommodation category.
“We are truly honoured to receive this prestigious accolade, which reflects on the outstanding performance of each and every member of our talented team” said Peter McConvill, co-owner of the retreat.
Shizuka Ryokan is widely acknowledged as Australia’s only fully authentic Japanese style inn, offering the intimacy of six traditional guestrooms together with lovingly prepared cuisine and a wide range of health, wellness and spa treatments.
Co-owner Margaret McConvill added, “We hope that our receipt of this award will further increase the recognition of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges region as Australia’s pre-eminent health, wellness and indulgence destination”
In its 29th year, the Victorian Tourism Awards are instrumental in fostering innovation, implementing continuous improvement and increasing professionalism within the tourism industry.
“The RACV Victorian Tourism Awards acknowledges and celebrates Victoria’s best tourism experiences, recognising outstanding achievement and dedication to the industry” Minister for Tourism and Major Events Louise Asher said.
“The awards celebrate the achievements of those tourism businesses that embrace best-practice business principles and strive for tourism excellence, to offer their visitors a world-class tourism experience.”
Around one hundred tourism operators competed in an exhaustive judging process which included a site inspection and the submission of a detailed 30 page document.
The awards were presented on 11 November at a gala black-tie ceremony in Melbourne attended by over one thousand industry representatives.