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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Q Station Wins Prestigious SKAL International Sustainable Touism Award

Q Station Manly has just won the Skål Sustainable Development in Tourism Award, 2013, in the category of Urban Accommodation.

Now in its 12th year, the Awards were presented at the Opening Ceremony of the 74th Skål World Congress, New York, in 30th September. Skål is the largest organisation of travel and tourism professionals in the world. It was established in 1934 to encourage environmental conservation and responsible and 
sustainable tourism. Winners were awarded on their contribution to the conservation of nature and cultural heritage, community involvement, educational features, business viability and innovation.

Director of Mawland Group, Mr Max Player said, “We are proud to receive this prestigious international award.” “We recognise the valuable legacy of this harbourside site and are committed to the conservation and interpretation of the site as a place of national and international significance in the history of health and migration,” he said. The Q Station (formerly Quarantine Station) has integrated environmental management and sustainable management practices into the operation of a successful hotel. This international Award will increase awareness about this iconic Sydney site around the world. Listed on the Australian National Heritage Register, the Q Station stands alongside Sydney Harbour icons: the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is a stunningly beautiful and lovingly restored retreat, home to the story of migration to Australia and custodian of 15,000 historical items, the most significant of which are on display. Within its 30-hectare estate lie 65 buildings and almost 200 years of memories from post European arrivals. Operating within a 30 hectare estate of environmental significance involves balancing the daily logistics of transporting food and beverages, staff and supplies and around 3000 visitors per week.

As well as complying with strict State consent conditions, and operation within historic premises not purpose-built for the hospitality industry, we have achieved public, government and media approval for sustainability and investment in the natural and cultural heritage of the site.

“Our key Director’s are all Members of Skål North Sydney, and our Membership has proven to be highly valuable in not only gaining great business networking, but in exposing brilliantly Q Station to over 18,000 Skål Members worldwide. We are justifiably proud of our Skål Membership”, states Max Player.

Skål North Sydney is one of 23 Clubs within Australia. If you would like to place your networking on a long-term and trusted footing, then in the first instance contact John Spencer on 0403411800 to enquire about becoming a new Skalleague.
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