The venue for the 2016 Wagyu Revolution Conference on May 3 and 4, the Hunter Valley’s Crowne Plaza has scored back to back wins at the State (Meeting Events Australia) Industry Awards. Earlier this month it collected the award for Best Meeting Venue 500 delegates or more. Last year Crowne Plaza won the 2014 State and National Industry Award for Best Meeting Venue under 500 Delegates. This followed the opening of its new Conference and Events Centre last year which boosted delegate capacity from 450 to 1600.

“The brand new and spacious facilities at Crowne Plaza make it an ideal venue for the Wagyu Conference which grows each year as the breed expands in Australia”, said Australian Wagyu Association’s CEO Graham Truscott. 

“We needed a venue that would comfortably take up to 400 delegates and Crowne Plaza can do just that. These are world class facilities and we are delighted with bthe service we are receiving from them in this crucial set-up stage”, he said.

Robert Coates, Crowne Plaza’s General Manager, said the award re-affirmed the position of the Hunter Valley as a leading conference and events destination in regional New South Wales and is thrilled to be recognised in this category given the amount of effort that was put into the planning of, launch and subsequent operation of the largest Conference and Events Centre in Northern NSW.

“The win demonstrates the positive impact the newly built Conference and Events Centre has had on increasing demand and driving additional business not only for our hotel, but for the region as well. It is hugely rewarding for our Resort and our team to be recognised for how well we combine together to deliver successful conferences and major events, especially during one of our busiest years to date.” Robert said.

Accepting the award on the team’s behalf, Alexander Handley, Marketing Manager for Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley said the Resort was especially proud of the award win given the level of competition in New South Wales. The team are now looking forward to attending the 2015 National MEA Industry Awards in April, where Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is also nominated in the Corporate Social Responsibilities and Education award categories.

2015 was a highly successful and record breaking year for Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, and the Resort has just announced several new and exciting developments which will take place in 2016. “With these new developments, strong demand from MICE clients and positive market conditions, 2016 will see Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley continue to be the stand-out venue in Regional NSW” Robert said.

Registrations for the Wagyu Revolution Conference are still open but accommodation availability at Crowne Plaza is tightening.