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Thou Walla Sunset Retreat a winner at NSW Tourism Awards debut

Publish Date 02/12/2016

Thou Walla Sunset Retreat has been awarded silver in the Unique Accommodation category at last week's prestigious 2016 NSW Tourism Awards at Luna Park in Sydney.

Nominated for the first time, Thou Walla ranked amongst some of the most competitive accommodation offerings in the state, including Taronga Western Plains Zoo, which took gold for both Unique Accommodation and Best Attraction.

Port Stephens Council's Manager of Corporate Services, Carmel Foster, attended the ceremony with General Manager Wayne Wallis and Councillors Chris Doohan and John Morello.

"It's truly an honour to have been recognised alongside such strong competition," said Ms Foster.

"Thou Walla is absolutely deserving of this award, as it offers one of the most unique experiences at one of the most spectacular locations in New South Wales.

"This positive result is a reflection of strong leadership, strategy and planning to ensure consistency of quality and customer service, and regular reviews of our plans of management ensuring this property continues to be amongst the leaders of the industry well into the future," Ms Foster said.

Council's Halifax and Final Bay Holiday Parks, past winners at the Tourism Awards, were also nominated in 2016 in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category.

Port Stephens Holiday Parks Business Development Manager Rebecca Smith said guest feedback was one of the key indicators of the success of all Port Stephens Council's parks.

"Over the past 12 months, we've continually striven to deliver better for our guests, and our success here is supported by glowing guest reviews.

"It's an honour to be recognised by the NSW Tourism Awards, but the real win is knowing we've created the best experience for our guests," Ms Smith said.

Thou Walla Sunset Retreat is situated on the tip of Soldiers Point and respects the original Worimi indigenous community; the name, pronounced 'dha walla', signifying a place to gather.

In addition to the Sunset Glam tents, Thou Walla Sunset Retreat also features 34 deluxe refurbished, self-contained villas offering spectacular water views across Port Stephens and west over the bay towards spectacular sunsets. Visit twsr.com.au.

The NSW Tourism Awards are presented by Tourism Industry, a division of the NSW Business Chamber and proudly supported by Destination NSW. Now in their 27th year, the Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. The Awards are a submission and inspection-based program and provide the opportunity to publicly recognise and showcase the State’s finest tourism operators.