Circa 1936 finalist in major tourism award

October 18, 2017

Circa 1936 owners Kevin and Ririn Yaxley are thrilled to be announced as a finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards for luxury accommodation.

Circa 1936 owners Ririn and Kevin Yaxley pictured in the bar of their hotel.

Five-star Corowa hotel and day spa CIRCA 1936 has been named a finalist in the renowned NSW Tourism Awards for luxury accommodation.

Owners Kevin and Ririn Yaxley told the Free Press they were thrilled to be named a finalist in such a prestigious award.

“These awards are probably the most credible in Australia,” Kevin said.

“Being located in a smaller, remote town it is difficult to get the recognition that other places like, say, Sydney get.

“Just the fact that we have got recognition will help Corowa to be recognised.”

While CIRCA 1936 is known for its luxury décor and exquisite food, Ririn said it was their service that made them unique and set them apart.

“We offer a butler service and provide guests with an early check-in and late check-out,” she said.

“Have you ever heard of a 5pm check-out? Not many people have but that’s what we can offer our guests.

“Our butler can also pour a bath, iron clothes and shine shoes.”

And a nightcap is more than a chocolate on a pillow at CIRCA 1936.

Ririn said guests were given the menu as a nightcap and could order anything up until 9pm.

The couple opened the luxury hotel and day spa in the town’s former Rural Bank on October 9, 2015 after a two-year renovation of the Art Deco building.

The two-storey hotel in Sanger Street has three guest suites, a day spa, lounge and bar.

The establishment has attracted many celebrities since opening its doors, including Rebecca Judd and Brodie Harper who filmed the luxury accommodation and day spa for popular travel show Postcards in February this year.

Kevin and Ririn also added a design gallery earlier this year that offers art furniture and statement pieces.

Now in its 28th year, the NSW Tourism Awards acknowledge and celebrate tourism excellence.

The awards’ criteria and categories are set by the Australian Tourism Industry Council.

There were 100 finalists named across 26 categories recognising excellence from a range of tourism areas such as Tourist Attractions, Festival and Events, Ecotourism, Destination Marketing, Accommodation, Tourism Education and Training.

CIRCA 1936 is up against two other finalists - Mountain Whispers, a self-contained luxury accommodation in the Blue Mountains and The Star Sydney, the second largest Casino in Australia that overlooks Darling Harbour.

To enter the awards the couple had to submit a 12,500 word application that addressed certain criteria.

The couple will attend a gala event on November 16 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney where the winners will be announced.

About 700 guests from the tourism industry attend the event to network and celebrate their fellow colleagues’ achievements.

Winners will represent NSW at the Australian Tourism Awards on February 23.

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