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Melbourne Metro YHA wins Victorian Tourism Award for Backpacker Accommodation

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The Melbourne Metro YHA has reinforced its status as a Victorian backpacking industry leader by winning the Victorian Tourism Award for Backpacker Accommodation. The hostel is the fifth Australian YHA Hostel to win their state award this year and will now proceed to the National Awards.

The 23rd annual Victorian Tourism Awards were presented at a gala dinner in the Palladium Room at Crown Casino on Monday 19 November 2007. More than 1,100 prominent members of the tourism and hospitality industry were present for the ceremony, including Victorian Tourism Minister, the Honourable Tim Holding.

2007 has been a rewarding year for YHA in Australia, with five out of seven State Tourism Award winners being YHA Hostels. Perth City YHA, Robe Lakeside Manor, Railway Square YHA, Bungalow Bay YHA and now Melbourne Metro YHA will contest the National Award in February 2008.

Melbourne Metro YHA is a modern 348 bed hostel, centrally located in leafy North Melbourne. It features stylish dcor, a licensed caf, travel desk and a rooftop barbeque area with panoramic 360 views of the city.

The judges were particularly impressed with Melbourne Metro YHAs commitment to sustainability. Solar hot water services contribute to hot showers for guests, dual flush cisterns reduce waste water in the toilets and water-saving shower heads cut down the amount of water going down the drains.

Melbourne Metro YHA Manager Michael Latham said, We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award and it has been a real team effort, from housekeeping, maintenance and reception staff to the CEO of YHA Victoria everyone has played their part. For us, this award demonstrates the importance of quality.

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