CQ is­land in global spot­light

Pump­kin Is­land wins big in Lon­don

The Observer - - NEWS - CHRIS­TINE MC­KEE Chris­tine.Mc­kee@cap­news.com.au

PUMP­KIN Is­land in Kep­pel Bay has been named Aus­trala­sia’s Most Sus­tain­able Ho­tel at the World Bou­tique Ho­tel Awards in Lon­don overnight.

The pres­ti­gious awards cer­e­mony was at­tended by bou­tique ho­tel own­ers, travel and life­style press and travel in­dus­try in­flu­encers from around the globe.

Pump­kin Is­land own­ers Wayne and Lau­reth Rum­ble said they were “shocked and ex­cited” to have won the award.

“It’s great that we have been recog­nised for our hard work and com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment,” Wayne said.

“We have a won­der­ful team that help us strive for ex­cel­lence and give our guests the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The Bou­tique Ho­tel Awards is an in­ter­na­tional awards or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to recog­nis­ing unique ex­cel­lence among lux­ury bou­tique ho­tels.

Win­ners were se­lected from more than 300 nom­i­nees rep­re­sent­ing more than 80 coun­tries. Each en­trant was nom­i­nated by a mem­ber of the awards nom­i­na­tion com­mit­tee, com­pris­ing 70 lead­ing travel ex­perts. Each prop­erty was vis­ited per­son­ally by an ex­pe­ri­enced ho­tel judge who spe­cialises in each cat­e­gory and un­der­takes a first-hand guest ex­pe­ri­ence of the prop­erty. En­trants were judged on six cat­e­gories: din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment, de­sign, fa­cil­i­ties, lo­ca­tion, staff ser­vice and over­all emo­tional im­pact.

Capri­corn En­ter­prise CEO Mary Car­roll said the award was well-de­served.

“Wayne, Lau­reth and the team work ex­tremely hard to man­age and main­tain the sus­tain­abil­ity, beauty and unique­ness of their is­land en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“It’s no sur­prise that their ded­i­ca­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity has been no­ticed. The South­ern Great Bar­rier Reef is our re­gion’s big­gest draw­card, so it is so im­por­tant that we all do our part to look af­ter it.

“Awards like this show­case the amaz­ing tourism prod­ucts in the Capri­corn Coast and the greater South­ern Great Bar­rier Reef des­ti­na­tion to both lo­cals and vis­i­tors.”

From 2012-15, Pump­kin Is­land was known as XXXX Is­land when it was leased to the Queens­land brewer to host 3000 com­pe­ti­tion win­ners be­fore be­ing handed back in 2016. The en­tire is­land is just over half a hectare and has five sun and wind pow­ered cot­tages, two beach bun­ga­lows, an open beach bar, look­out and chil­dren’s play area.

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