Amandine Lavender has been recognised for its welcoming atmosphere receiving second place in the prestigious Dawn Baudinette Tourism Award for Excellence in Tourism.
The renowned lavender business based in Bargara emerged as the second-place recipient in this year's shop and farm agritourism category at the Australian Lavender Growers’ Association (TALGA).
Amandine Lavender’s Helen Griffin, with support from her husband Kelvin and their small team, has provided Bundaberg locals and visitors with a unique lavender experience since 2008.
The accolade recognises the outstanding contribution to the industry and Amandine Lavender’s unwavering commitment to cultivating and promoting lavender products.
The team's hard work was recognised at The Australian Lavender Growers’ Association 28th conference last month.
While heading into the sixteenth year of operation, Helen said her passion for welcoming visitors to Amandine Lavender remained strong.
“The Dawn Baudinette Award recognises its namesake, Dr Rosemary Dawn Baudinette, who established Portland Bay Lavender Farm, Portland Victoria, (who) has contributed to the TALGA inaugural committee formed in 1995 and been an avid promotor of lavender growing in Australia,” Helen said.
“The Dawn Baudinette Tourism Award for Excellence in Tourism – Agritourism recognises and celebrates the diversity, quality and value of the Australian Lavender Industry and the outstanding individuals who promote and support the industry.
“The award requires a rigorous application and selection process, which involves a written submission that includes grading across seven criterions.”
In announcing and presenting the award, to Helen and Kelvin, Dawn affirmed the resonating success of the local business.
“Amandine Lavender provides an exciting opportunity to display the importance of continuing research, target marketing, visitor information and environmental aspects,” Dawn said.
“Thus, enabling greater outcomes for total lavender understanding and production (and) a very positive experience to all lavender growers and visitors.”
With the notable accolade of excellence in tourism Amandine Lavender’s reputation as a beacon of excellence in the lavender industry is further solidified.
Helen said she would love to see Amandine Lavender continue to function as a source of calm and relaxation for visitors long after she retired and in the meantime she was happy to continue with business as usual with the boutique lavender.
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