In addition to achieving and maintaining official Tourism Industry Accreditation since 2005, Shizuka Ryokan remains the only three-time winner of the Hepburn Regional Tourism Award. The business has been honoured to receive a wide range of accolades over the years, including…
2006 Winner: Rotary Hospitality & Tourism Award
2008 Winner: Hepburn Regional Tourism Award
2009 Finalist: Victorian Tourism Award (Unique Accommodation)
2009 Winner: Hepburn Regional Tourism Award
2010 Runner Up: Victorian Tourism Award (Health & Wellbeing Tourism)
2010 Winner: Hepburn Regional Tourism Award
2010 Finalist: Victorian Tourism Award (Unique Accommodation)
2012 Finalist: Hooroo.com (Qantas) Secret Spot
2013 Winner: Victorian Tourism Award (Health & Wellbeing Tourism)
2013 Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
2013 Runner Up: Victorian Tourism Award (Hosted Accommodation)
2014 Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
2014 Winner: Booking.com Award of Excellence
2015 Winner: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Of these, the highlight is being announced 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 for the Hosted Accommodation category in the same year.
“We are truly honoured to receive these prestigious accolades, which reflect 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”
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.”
The annual Victorian Tourism Awards recognise leading businesses and individuals for their outstanding contribution to the Victorian tourism industry, which employs 185,000 people and contributes $15.8 billion to the economy each year.
Shizuka Ryokan proprietor Peter McConvill said “These awards recognise the very pinnacle of Victoria’s tourism industry and our achievement is a fitting tribute to all our skilled and dedicated staff ”.
Margaret McConvill added, “Our business is blessed with a wonderful team of skilled and enthusiastic people who all share the credit of achieving these important Tourism Awards. We are proud of our business and proud of ‘Team Shizuka’, with all members contributing on a daily basis to its ongoing success.”
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 2013 at a gala black-tie ceremony in Melbourne attended by over one thousand industry representatives.