Quay West Heats Up Falls Creek
[Tue 23/06/2009 11:43:22]
By James Wilkinson in Falls Creek
Australia’s newest ski-in ski-out hotel, Quay West Resort and Spa Falls Creek, is set to become one of the country's most popular alpine properties following an overwhelming response since opening on June 5.
Quay West Resort and Spa Falls Creek
During a site tour of the 73-room, 5-star hotel yesterday (Jun 22), Quay West Resort and Spa Falls Creek general manager Stewart Wheeler told SpiceNews the property has been popular with leisure guests since its opening and the next two months are looking strong.
“As soon as Falls Creek had that first, early snow dump the phones starting ringing, so we are holding extremely healthy bookings for July with almost every night sold out and August is quickly following suit,” he said.
With success on the leisure side, Wheeler now has the MICE market firmly in his sights.
“We see this as an exciting opportunity for us as we have two purpose built function rooms for up 120 delegates, plus a dining room just off our signature restaurant, Alta with sweeping view over the valley,” he said.
Quay West Resort and Spa Falls Creek has two purpose-built function rooms with mountain views that cater for up to 120 people in theatre style, while dinners and events can also be held in ALTA Restaurant and next door at tomdickandharry’s après-ski bar.
“A unique outdoor central court is ideal for a break-out area and cocktail parties, plus all these areas can be converted into special event functions and celebrations,” Wheeler said.
“We also think the incentive market will be huge for Falls Creek for there is just so much to do and see all year round - it is the true destination for avid skiers and summer breaks.”
The resort is the first branded property in Falls Creek and operator Mirvac Hotels is confident of the tourism boost the region will receive as a result.
Also confident about what the hotel can do for the local tourism industry is Falls Creek Resort Management CEO Ross Passalaqua, who said the opening of the property would provide numerous opportunities going forward.
“There has never been a better time to have a conference in Falls Creek,” Passalaqua said. “We have plenty of beds still free (during the season) and there is so much on offer here.”
Passalaqua added that air access would be a key to the success of Falls Creek going forward and the arrival of Virgin Blue – alongside Rex and Qantaslink – on the Sydney-Albury route had been extremely beneficial to date.
Albury Airport is a two-hour drive from Falls Creek and exclusive transfers can be arranged for groups by the resort.