Rich Glen’s gold

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Rich Glen Olive Es­tate has come away with yet an­other ma­jor award win­ning gold in the Ex­cel­lence in Food Tourism cat­e­gory at the re­cent 2018 RACV Vic­to­rian Tourism Awards.

This is just one of nu­mer­ous awards Rich Glen has been nom­i­nated for this year with the es­tate tak­ing out sil­ver at the re­gional busi­ness awards in July adding to their 80 plus awards in their 10-year ex­is­tence.

Owner Ros Vo­dusek said ev­ery­one at Rich Glen was on cloud nine with their gold win and put the win down to the cus­tomer ser­vice that is pro­vided and the team that the es­tate pos­sesses.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing, ev­ery­one at Rich Glen is ec­static,” Ros said.

“When they read out the names of the win­ners they have a cam­era on them, so I made a con­scious de­ci­sion that if we were go­ing to win I was go­ing to throw my arms up and re­ally cel­e­brate so peo­ple would re­mem­ber that we were those peo­ple from Yar­ra­wonga and it might help make the town name stick.

“Our staff are ab­so­lutely pumped and rightly so, it’s down to them that Rich Glen gets nom­i­nated for awards.

“It’s a real team ef­fort and we al­ways try to pride our­selves on great cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ences­cus­tomer ser­vice is num­ber one and we keep evolv­ing and adding which I think adds back to it.

“Giv­ing the cus­tomer a ‘wow’ every time they visit, as well as al­ways try­ing to add new things and rein­vent our­selves is what we aim to do.”

Aqua­zone at Lake Mul­wala was also a fi­nal­ist in the Ad­ven­ture Tourism cat­e­gory on the night with DC on the Lake also be­ing a fi­nal­ist in the Car­a­van and Hol­i­day Parks cat­e­gory of the NSW Tourism awards.

With the Murray re­gion’s tourism in­dus­try recog­nised amongst the best in Vic­to­ria and NSW at each state’s tourism awards cer­e­monies, Murray Re­gional Tourism Chair Wendy Greiner said the awards rep­re­sent the tremen­dous com­mit­ment Murray re­gion op­er­a­tors have to ex­cel­lence in tourism and pro­vid­ing a high-qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ence to those that choose to visit the re­gion.

“We are thrilled to see such a great cross sec­tion of the re­gion’s tourism in­dus­try rep­re­sented at the awards, which is tes­ta­ment to the col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach the re­gion is tak­ing to­wards des­ti­na­tion mar­ket­ing,” Ms Greiner said.

“The in­dus­try has been work­ing ex­tremely hard to pro­mote the Murray re­gion, its hero and high-qual­ity ex­pe­ri­ences, at­tract vis­i­tors and en­cour­age dis­per­sal. The fact that the re­gion is rep­re­sented in 12 dif­fer­ent award cat­e­gories shows that tourism ex­cel­lence is thriv­ing across the board in the Murray.”

“It is a re­ally ex­cit­ing time for the in­dus­try at the mo­ment, with the re­gion ex­pe­ri­enc­ing record num­bers in the vis­i­tor econ­omy in Vic­to­ria and NSW for the year end­ing June 2018. some of the taste sen­sa­tions care­fully pre­pared from the ex­pert chefs at Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort and savoured on ap­pre­cia­tive tongues.

“I have to com­pli­ment the chefs once again for an­other great night to re­mem­ber,” said Stephen Buck­ley who was at­tend­ing his fourth Feast on the Fair­way.

“Although it was dis­ap­point­ing that we had to sit in­side, the at­mos­phere and the qual­ity was up there with any culi­nary event that I have at­tended, the good name of the “Feast” is cer­tainly spread­ing to food lovers around our area.”

Sen­sa­tional food, great am­bi­ence, good com­pany and sooth­ing back­ground mu­sic all made for a per­fect evening at Yar­ra­wonga Mul­wala Golf Club Re­sort.

“We will now also see two busi­nesses go on to rep­re­sent the re­gion at the high­est level at the Aus­tralian Tourism Awards, which will take place in Launce­s­ton on 1 March 2019.”

Rich Glen will be one of the two busi­nesses in­vited to at­tend the na­tional awards next year with all of Yar­ra­wonga back­ing them to come home with a na­tional award.

Rich Glen Olive Es­tate own­ers Ros and Damien Vo­dusek with daugh­ter Hannah at the RACV Vic­to­rian Tourism Awards.

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