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February 8, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

There’s no question that Australia is home to world-class travel experiences, but have you ever stopped to think about the people at the heart of the tourism industry who work to ensure your holiday is world-class? T-QUAL’s ‘Q-Factor’ campaign is celebrating these talented and passionate people, putting the spotlight once again on the importance of quality in tourism.

With Valentine’s Day coming up on Friday, 14 February, loved-up couples all over Australia will be planning a weekend escape to spoil their loved one. But when planning a romantic break at any time of year, make sure you and your partner do not have to compromise on quality by ensuring you book accommodation or experiences that display the T-QUAL Tick – Australia’s symbol of Tourism Quality.

Two personalities who are driving quality tourism in Melbourne and are experts in delivering unforgettable romantic escapes are Gary Stickland from Alto on Bourke and Matthew Noble from Australian Wine Tour Company.

Market leaders in hospitality and winery tourism, both Gary and Matthew have provided their top tips for creating an impressive and memorable romantic getaway:

  • Choosing quality experiences: make sure your romantic getaway lives up to your expectations and impresses your other half by looking for the T-QUAL Tick when making your booking. 
  • Selecting the right place to stay: set the scene by staying somewhere centrally located with excellent service. The multi-award winning boutique apartment hotel, Alto on Bourke, offers a carefree experience where everything appears to happen effortlessly, leaving more time to celebrate with your loved one.
  • Indulge: treat you and your loved one to a special experience, such as a lavish private wine tour in the romantic Yarra Valley with Australian Wine Tour Company. With passionate wine experts, who love sharing their beloved valley with visitors, you are guaranteed to leave feeling spoilt.
  • Seeking out recommendations: asking friends and peer groups for holiday inspiration, recommendations and feedback from their own Melbourne experiences will be helpful. Researching reviews of specific facilities and activities through online sites such asTripAdvisor also ensures you receive honest insights.
  • Planning ahead: highly regarded romantic experiences and accommodation, including T-QUAL approved operators, are hugely popular and likely to become booked out early. Exploring your options well in advance will ensure you don’t miss out. After all, your loved one deserves the best.
  • Getting away from distractions: leaving your home town and limiting your phone usage can help you switch off, to maximise time with your loved one.

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