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Posted on: 26 June 2017

Atura Dandenong has yet again been applauded for their Outstanding Community Service & Achievement, marking two consecutive years of recognition for making a difference in the community.  The 2017 Tourism Accommodation Australia (Victoria) Accommodation Awards reward excellence across a broad range of hotel operations and individual achievements.

The “Outstanding Community Service and Achievement” award recognises the substantial contribution made by Atura Dandenong – both through direct philanthropic support and fostering hospitality career opportunities.

In addition to the Outstanding Community Service & Achievement, Atura Dandenong was a finalist for Best Mid-Range Accommodation and Hotel Restaurant of the Year. Two of the hotel’s local staff were also recognised as category finalists for individual excellence in service – Anastasia Parashis for Hotel Industry Rising Star, and Simon Collins for Food & Beverage Employee of the Year.

Connection to local communities and promotion of the tourism and hospitality industry is a fundamental part of the Atura offering and the Dandenong property has made significant, diverse and far reaching contribution to the communities it serves.  More than 30 different organisations have received support this this year alone; from work placement programmes to inspire a future generation of hospitality industry career professionals to sponsorship of sporting clubs, charities, the arts, participation and support of business networking groups plus support of school programmes and activities.

This support helped ensure a group of disadvantaged school students were provided an opportunity to attend a local High School Networking Day lunch. The lunch provided insights into an array of career opportunities and practical skills when entering the workforce.

The urban, industrial and design-inspired Atura Dandenong hotel lies on the border of the Casey Cardinia and Dandenong municipalities serving some of the state’s fastest growing business park precincts and a growing leisure market seeking unique and different tourism experiences.

“Active participation with and in our communities to ensure they’re thriving and vibrant places for people of all ages to live in and visit is a strong focus for Atura,” said Geoff York, Director of Operations and Development, Atura Hotels. “To be recognised for two consecutive years reinforces that supporting the local community is one of the key priorities for Atura Dandenong.”

Atura Dandenong General Manager Lisa Parker plays an active role advocating for the growth of tourism in the region, both in her role and through her work on the Casey Cardinia Tourism Advisory Panel.

“I’m incredibly proud of both the Outstanding Community Service award and the finalist accolades for Anastasia and Simon.” said Lisa Parker.  “Without our broader hotel team’s unwavering support and commitment to the Atura brand and community, the impact the hotel has made would not have been so great.”

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