In a night celebrating the best the Victorian hotel accommodation industry has to offer Atura Dandenong received recognition for making a difference by taking out the gong for Outstanding Community Service & Achievement.
The 2016 Tourism Accommodation Australia (Victoria) Accommodation Awards reward excellence across a broad range of hotel operations and individual achievements.
The “Outstanding Community Service and Achievement” award recognises the substantial contribution made by Atura Dandenong – both through direct philanthropic support and fostering hospitality career opportunities.
In addition to the Outstanding Community Service & Achievement, three of the hotel’s local staff were named category finalists for individual excellence in service – Anastasia Parashis for Hotel Industry Rising Star, Jessica Dimech for Food and Beverage Services and Samantha Farrington for Sales.
Connection to local communities and promotion of the tourism and hospitality industry is a fundamental part of the Atura offering and the Dandenong property has made significant, diverse and far reaching contribution to the communities it serves. More than 30 different organisations have received support this this year alone; from work placement programmes to inspire a future generation of hospitality industry career professionals to sponsorship of sporting clubs, charities, the arts, participation and support of business networking groups plus support of school programmes and activities. This support helped ensure Foutaingate Secondary College’s Future Problem Solver’s Group were able to travel abroad to the USA to compete at an International level.
The award caps off a big year for the property which opened as an Atura Hotel in April last year after an extensive renovation and refurbishment. The urban, industrial and design-inspired Atura Dandenong hotel lies on the border of the Casey Cardinia and Dandenong municipalities serving some of the state’s fastest growing business park precincts and a growing leisure market seeking unique and different tourism experiences.
“We are delighted at the recognition this achievement brings for Atura Dandenong,” said Geoff York, Director of Operations and Development, Atura Hotels and Resorts. “Active participation with and in our communities to ensure they’re thriving and vibrant places for people of all ages to live in and visit is a strong focus for Atura. This award helps to reaffirm our commitment to strengthening support and partnerships within our surrounding neighbourhoods into the future.”
Atura Dandenong General Manager Lisa Parker plays an active role advocating for the growth of tourism in the region, both in her role and through her work on the Casey Cardinia Tourism Advisory Panel.
“I’m incredibly proud of both the Outstanding Community Service and Achievement award and the finalist accolades for our phenomenal team members. The award is a credit to our broader hotel team” said Lisa Parker. “Without their support, the impact the hotel has made through its’ community engagement programme would not have been so great”.