Two in run­ning for awards

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times News - Tari Jef­fers

THE Truf­fle Ker­fuf­fle and Balin­gup Heights Hill­top For­est Cot­tages have been an­nounced as fi­nal­ists in the 2017 Perth Air­port WA Tourism Awards.

Fi­nal­ists were an­nounced on Thurs­day at an event in Perth with more than 150 tourism op­er­a­tors and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives present.

Truf­fle Ker­fuf­fle was named in the Fes­ti­vals and Events cat­e­gory and Balin­gup Heights nom­i­nated in the Self Con­tained Ac­com­mo­da­tion cat­e­gory.

Gold medal re­cip­i­ents will be an­nounced at a gala din­ner on Novem­ber 11 at Crown Perth and win­ners will go on to rep­re­sent WA at the 2017 Qan­tas Aus­tralian Tourism Awards in Perth in early 2018.

Truf­fle Ker­fuf­fle pres­i­dent Jeremy Beis­sel wel­comed the an­nounce­ment.

“It rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ment for hard-work­ing com­mit­tee and man­age­ment teams that have helped grow and de­liver the event since in­au­gu­ra­tion seven years ago,” he said.

“We’re in a strong cat­e­gory with many out­stand­ing events and are so thrilled to be in con­tention.”

Mr Beis­sel added the com­mu­nity, truf­fle in­dus­try and lo­cal busi­ness’ sup­port had been vi­tal in mak­ing the event what it was.

“This event is re­ally about pulling to­gether to show the world out­side the South­ern Forests what we’ve got to of­fer,” he said.

Balin­gup Heights Hill­top For­est Cot­tages owner Brian and Deb Vanallen said it was the sec­ond time they had nom­i­nated for the award.

“We re­ceived the sil­ver medal last year so we de­cided to try again and see how it goes,” Mr Vanallen said.

“We’re chuffed at the an­nounce­ment and hum­bled to be nom­i­nated again, it’s a re­ward for all our hard work.

“It’s also great pro­mo­tion for the Black­wood River Val­ley re­gion, if more of us can be suc­cess­ful, it’s bet­ter for the re­gion.”

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