This month in Las Vegas, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley won the prestigious Virtuoso® ‘Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award’ for 2019 at the celebrated Virtuoso® Best of the Best Awards. The resort was one of just 10 properties honoured in front of 1,800 premier travel advisors and luxury hospitality executives at the 13th annual Hotels & Resorts Dinner at Bellagio Resort & Casino.
The Virtuoso® Sustainable Tourism Leadership Awards, now in its ninth year, recognises companies that are committed to travel that is environmentally friendly, protects cultural heritage, and contributes to the well-being of local people. “It is important to recognise the exceptional contributions of Best of the Best winners such as Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley,” said Albert Herrera, senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships for Virtuoso. “Every year our winners raise the bar even higher for global luxury hospitality, and we are proud to honour their accomplishments while expressing gratitude for the inspiration they provide to us all.”
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is an ultra-luxury resort with sustainability at its heart. Since opening in 2009, the resort has secured and maintained carbon-neutral certification from internationally accredited scheme carboNZero, for ten consecutive years. The dedicated resort team has planted over 200,000 indigenous trees, actively preserved biodiversity and restored a historic homestead building, as well as introducing large-scale energy and waste reduction initiatives. Guests are encouraged to participate in the resort’s efforts to protect cultural and natural heritage, with activities as native tree-planting and wombat tracking.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised with this prestigious Virtuoso® Sustainable Tourism Leadership Award,” said James Wyndham, General Manager of Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. “It means so much to the passionate, dedicated team at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, who work hard every day to build a sustainable future for the resort, our surrounding environment, and for the tourism industry. It is also an honour to be the first Australian winner of this important award, and we hope to inspire others in the industry by leading the way in sustainability practices.”
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed resorts, and continues to be awarded for its excellence in tourism accommodation, spa, cuisine and sustainability:
• 2019 Tourism Accommodation Australia (NSW) Awards for Excellence - Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Regional Deluxe Hotel category
• Wolgan Dining Room awarded a three glass rating
• Travel+Leisure (USA): World's Best Awards 2019 – Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley ranked #4 in ‘The Top 5 Australia and New Zealand Resort Hotels’
• TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2019 - Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley awarded:
- #5 in ‘Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Australia’
- #11 in ‘Top 25 Hotels in Australia’
- #24 in ‘Top Hotels for Romance in Australia’
- #8 in ‘Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the South Pacific’
• Luxury Travel Magazine Gold List Awards 2019 - Best Australian Boutique Property, Villa or Lodge
• NSW Government Sustainability Advantage Program - Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has been awarded Bronze status
• Enviromark – Outstanding performance in Carbon Management
Created exclusively for the ultra-luxury market, One&Only is conceived as a hallmark of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locales in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unrivalled. One&Only has announced the expansion of the portfolio with the inclusion of resorts in nature, urban centres and One&Only Private Homes. These new experiences will complement the existing resort collection including One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm in Dubai; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa; Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley in The Blue Mountains in Australia and One&Only Nyungwe House in Rwanda. As part of the new portfolio, One&Only has announced a second resort in development in Rwanda, One&Only Gorilla’s Nest, as well as One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai. Other resorts in development include One&Only Desaru Coast in Malaysia, One&Only Kéa Island in Greece and One&Only Portonovi in Montenegro, the first properties for the collection in Europe, and One&Only Mandarina in Mexico.