2011 Queensland Tourism Awards - 3 wins, 4 finalists
This year's Queensland Tourism Awards were, as the compere of the night remarked, a "spice-fest" with the Spicers Group up for more awards, and winning more awards, than any other entrant. Congratulations to all the property teams for your hard work and total dedication to the highest level of service and professionalism which have made this recognition possible. Thank you to our guests for your patronage, support and especially your feedback which has enabled us to constantly improve.
Spicers Peak Lodge - Winner Best Luxury Accommodation
Spicers Balfour Hotel - Winner Best New Tourism Development
Matthew Simpson, Manager of Spicers Balfour Hotel - Winner Young Achiever's Award
Spicers Clovelly Estate - Finalist Luxury Accommodation
Spicers Tamarind Retreat - Finalist Deluxe Accommodation
Spicers Hidden Vale - Finalist Deluxe Accommodation
The Long Apron Restaurant, Spicers Clovelly Estate - Finalist Restaurant & Catering Services
7 November 2011
SPICERS WINS THREE QUEENSLAND TOURISM AWARDS
TWO luxury properties within the Spicers Retreats, Hotels & Lodges portfolio have been recognised at this year’s Queensland Tourism Awards, winning three categories on the night - more than any other entrant.
Spicers’ newest luxury property, Spicers Balfour Hotel in inner Brisbane, took out two of the three awards, winning Best New Tourism Development and the Young Achiever category for general manager Matthew Simpson.
Spicers Peak Lodge, a stunning mountain retreat in the Scenic Rim, won the Best Luxury Accommodation Award. The retreat has long been the toast of the state’s tourism industry, having also won the award in 2006, 2007 and 2010 as well as numerous restaurant and catering awards.
The awards were held on Friday at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and are recognised as the industry's most prestigious awards program.
“The Spicers group was nominated for a total of six awards this year and we are thrilled that our properties have again been recognised as among Queensland’s best,” Spicers CEO Danielle Duell said.
“While Spicers Peak Lodge continues to shine, we are also delighted that our newest property, Spicers Balfour Hotel, has made such an impression within its first year of operation.”
A city retreat reflecting the best of contemporary Queensland living, Spicers Balfour Hotel offers a restful and sophisticated escape just three kilometres from the CBD in New Farm. The hotel features just nine executive-style rooms aimed at the business traveller.
The property is managed by Matt Simpson, 28 who is the youngest general manager to join the Spicers group. He was appointed general manager of Spicers Peak Lodge in 2008 at the age of 25 before taking on his new role managing Spicers Balfour Hotel in New Farm last year.
“As a new property we’ve had the opportunity to do things a bit differently and really make Spicers Balfour Hotel a ‘home away from home’ for our guests,” Mr Simpson said.
"It was important to us