Written on the 22 November 2012


BARRY Robinson (pictured left with Matt Taplin) has congratulated the Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific (WVRAP) team on winning the monthly Gold Coast Business Excellence Award as the finalists prepare for the annual awards this weekend.

WVRAP won the tourism, hospitality and events category in October, which puts it in the running to win the overall 2012 award on Saturday night at Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino.

Robinson, CEO and managing of the holiday ownership company, credited the entire team’s cohesiveness and unity for the positive result.

“Winning this accolade was truly a team effort, with the nomination demonstrating how the many areas of our business work together as one team to achieve exceptional results,” he says.

The Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards is one of the most prestigious business awards in the region, with the winners of nine categories each month from May to October being named finalists at the annual awards.

More than 520 people will attend the event on Saturday night to see the annual winner crowned.

"We have our highest number of attendees in GCBEA history, which we think is a good sign that the business economy is turning," says event director Lisa Maddison.

WVRAP has separately been nominated as finalist in the Unique Accommodation category of the Queensland Tourism Awards, which will be announced on Friday evening in Brisbane.

“The recognition we are receiving is the result of a combination of exceptional work ethics and dedication from each and every area within the company,” says Robinson.

All finalists for the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards include:

Emerging business
Evolution Geothermal, HydroKleen Australia, Oi Cosmetic Studio, One Global Logistics, Media Messages, Supersprout.

Family Business
Technigro, Airport Con – X – ion, John Henderson Real Estate, FreeSpirit Resort and Holiday Parks, Usher and Son, Lucy Cole Prestige Properties.

Manufacturing and Construction
Adbri Masonry, PT Automation Solutions, P&M Plastics, Sea Pen, Burleigh Brewing Company, PWR Performance Products.

Mayor’s Innovation GC Award
Efficiency Leaders, Inflatable Rashi, V2i; Morlife, Nuflow Technologies, M-Tech Marine Technologies.

Retail, Wholesale and Distribution
Zarraffa’s Coffee, Burleigh Brewing Company, 5 Star Timbers, Coolabah Tree Cafes, Essential Brands Group, Yum Cha Robina Chinese Restaurant.

Tourism, Hospitality and Events
Leapin, Timezone Funtasia, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Magic Millions, Broadbeach Alliance, WVRAP.

Trades, Professions and Services
Vision Eye Institute, Dan the Sparky Man, AC-TEC Services, RML Group Mining Services, Skyline Landscape Services, Back In Motion Health Group.

Knowledge Management and IT
iVvy, GCOMM, Mercury IT,, e-CBD, Bloomtools.

Environment and Sustainability
Virotec Global Solutions, GreenBizCheck, MCV Enviroworks, Wholesale Toners Australia, RST Dust Earth Water Solutions, Currumbin RSL.






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