Volunteers best in the state for tourism

LOCAL volunteers have received state recognition for boosting tourism in the Alpine Shire.

The Myrtleford Alpine Ambassadors received the RACV Award for Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers at the prestigious 2011 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards on Monday, 14 November.

The Alpine Ambassadors are coordinated by Alpine Shire Council and support visitors at events and Council’s three Visitor Information Centres.

Council’s Manager Economic Development Clayton Neil said the awards were the result of dedication and a commitment to excellence by volunteers, local businesses and Council.

“The volunteer award is particularly gratifying because it recognises those people who give their time unselfishly to promote the Great Alpine Valleys as part of the Alpine Shire,” he said.

“Our volunteers are invaluable and it is fantastic to have an award that recognises their work.”

Three local businesses also received recognition, with Bright’s Abalina Cottages receiving the RACV People’s Choice Award for Service.

Porepunkah’s Tewksbury Lodge was a finalist in the award for Unique Accommodation and the Bright Brewery was a finalist in the Crown Award for Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries.

This is the second People’s Choice award in a row for Abalina Cottages, which took out the People’s Choice Award for Satisfaction last year.

Mr Neil said the consistent presence of Alpine Shire businesses at the awards was evidence of the high standard they maintained for visitors.

“It’s great to see local businesses once again showing they are among the best in the state,” he said.

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