Hard work has paid off for three south-west accommodation providers after winning two gold and one bronze accolade at the recent RACV Victorian Tourism Awards
The desire to continue improving their homestead has seen a Cobden accommodation provider win back-to-back gold awards.
Cobden's Heytesbury House claimed the accolade which proceeds back-to-back silver wins.
Owners Kathryn and Andrew Stubbings fell in love with the Edwardian house and restored and converted it into a four suite manor.
"It's a hell of a lot of work every year to enter the awards because it's very thorough and covers every aspect of the business, including community involvement, sustainability, marketing and business planning," Mrs Stubbings said.
"We do it to benchmark ourselves and to help more people hear about Cobden and understand what we have to offer here.
"It forces Andrew and I to look really closely at our business each year to make sure we are improving where we need to.
"With growth in our numbers year on year, it's something that we find very worthwhile and rewarding."
The couple has set its sights on Hall of Fame status at next year's awards.
Cape Nelson Lighthouse Accommodation won bronze in the deluxe accommodation section and Alkina Lodge rounded out the south-west's accommodation victories by winning gold in the luxury accommodation category.
The Grampians Way Marketing Campaign claimed bronze in the destination marketing category and South West TAFE also claimed bronze in the tourism education and training category.
The Victorian Tourism Awards are peer-judged and represent an industry framework which fosters a culture for business development excellence and innovation.
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