Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Australian's Travel & Tourism Awards

The Travel & Tourism Awards are The Australian’s annual best-in-show, the time when they recognise those Australian tourism providers and operators who have consistently attained a standard of excellence during the past year. Voting will be in 17 categories with lists of nominated contenders compiled by the award-winning editor of Travel & Indulgence, Susan Kurosawa, and a selection panel of experts.

Best luxury accommodation (100 rooms and over)

Blue Sydney, A Taj Hotel: Billed as a perfect business hotel, Blue Sydney is equally accommodating of holidaymakers and foodies, sited at the heart of one of the city's best eating precincts and making the most of its charming wharf heritage with loft rooms and the industrial-chic Water Bar.

Emporium Hotel, Brisbane: In Brisbane's swanky Fortitude Valley, the Emporium is a design hotel with a practical heart. A la mode studio suites feature state-of-the-art technology and indulgent bathrooms as well as marble kitchenettes and even laundries. The high-voltage Cocktail Bar morphs from high tea to tapas with

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto: Built when Melbourne was the world's richest city, The Rialto, on Collins Street, retains its extravagant 19th-century facade but the interiors have been completely transformed to offer a thoroughly modern urban bolthole.

The Observatory Hotel, Sydney: This property in English country house style boasts luxury rooms with marble bathrooms; many come with balconies, domed ceilings and four-poster beds. Its underground swimming pool has a domed ceiling that's lit to resemble a southern hemisphere sky.

Park Hyatt Sydney: Few hotels in the world claim a location as wonderful as this: absolute waterfront in Sydney's historic Rocks precinct where intimate Opera House views are enjoyed by lucky travellers installed in the Park Hyatt's urbane and deeply comfortable guestrooms.

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney: Lying at the heart of Sydney social life for almost five decades, the gracious Wentworth has retained its downtown cachet thanks to a total overhaul and grand relaunch by Sofitel in 2004, augmented more recently by a $10 million mini-makeover.

The Westin Melbourne: This elegant hotel with a notable contemporary art collection overlooks City Square and perfectly captures the cultural vibrancy of downtown while offering a stylish oasis where the beds are trademarked as Heavenly.

Other categories include Best luxury accommodation (under 100 rooms), Best resort accommodation (100 rooms and over), Best resort accommodation (under 100 rooms), Best lodge accommodation, Best value accommodation. To view all the finalists visit The Australian.

To vote in The Australian's Travel & Tourism Awards, pick up a copy ofThe Weekend Australian.


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