Hilton Surfers Paradise Celebrates First Birthday With A Major Award Accolade

This information originated in Australian English.

September 10, 2012

SURFERS PARADISE, QLD, Australia - Hilton Surfers Paradise's first birthday celebration has coincided with a major award win for the $700 million property located on Queensland's Gold Coast.

The hotel was awarded the prestigious title of 2012 Hotel Management Awards 'New Hotel' of the year at a gala dinner held in Sydney on Friday 7 September.

The accolade comes just as the hotel is commencing a month long calendar of special birthday activities and events from 10 September - 10 October 2012 including an evening hosted by celebrity Chef Luke Mangan.

According to Hilton Surfers Paradise General Manager David Kelly the hotel's Birthday Month program will provide locals and visitors with the opportunity to be part of the celebrations and festivities to mark the occasion, and now it will also give them a chance to share in the glory of the hotel's first major award.

"We are extremely proud to be voted the number one new hotel property in Australia and believe this is a real achievement for both Hilton Hotels and Resorts and the Gold Coast as a destination.

"As we celebrate our first birthday month, this award shines the spotlight on everything the hotel has achieved over its first 12 months of operation.

"We have successfully created a product that reflects the energy of Surfers and the style of Hilton, and would like to thank our customers for embracing the vision and team culture we have at the hotel."

Since welcoming its first guests to the hotel in September 2011, Hilton Surfers Paradise has provided employment for over 300 staff, attracted over 55,000 visitors to Surfers Paradise, and made a significant contribution to the local economy utilising local products and suppliers throughout Salt grill, FIX bar, The Food Store and other areas of the hotel.

The hotel was a finalist in 10 categories at the 2012 Hotel Management Awards including 'Australian General Manager.' Marketing and Communications Manager, Chelsea Steber was acknowledged as the 'Communications Associate/Manager' of the year, and the hotel was also Highly Commended in the 'Marketing Campaign' category.

A full program of activities and events for Birthday Month is available at www.hiltonsurfersparadise.com.au/birthday. Book your accommodation prior to 26 September to save 20% on rooms and dining at Hilton Surfers Paradise including Salt grill by Luke Mangan.

Media can access additional information about Hilton Surfers Paradise at http://news.hilton.com/surfersparadise.

About Hilton Surfers Paradise
Hilton Surfers Paradise is the first leisure-focused hotel and residences from Hilton Hotels & Resorts in Australia. It is also the first global upscale hotel to be built on the Gold Coast since 2000. The development consists of two spectacular curved towers rising above the city skyline, with the Boulevard Tower opening its doors to both residents and guests in late 2010 and the Orchid Tower welcoming first guests in September 2011, prior the grand opening event in November 2011. The property offers a combined total of 250 one, two and three bedroom Hilton Residences and 169 Guest Rooms and Suites. Additional facilities include the signature restaurant Salt grill by Luke Mangan, FIX cocktail bar created by renowned mixologist Grant Collins, The Food Store delicatessen and wine bar, and the first new custom built eforea: spa at Hilton in Australia.

Contact

Chelsea Steber
Hilton Surfers Paradise
+61 (0)7 5680 8015
chelsea.steber@hilton.com

Matthew Hart or Olivia Blake
For Hilton Surfers Paradise
+61 7 3221 6711
mhart@bbscommunications.com

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