Cheers to that
Friday, 3rd July, 2015
By Craig Brealey
Glasses being raised at a hotel is hardly news but when it is the staff bending the arm you know something’s up.
The champagne toast at the Palace Hotel was proposed yesterday after word came through that the city’s most famous pub had made the finals of the Inland Tourism Awards.
The 126-year-old architectural wonder with its wall-to-ceiling murals displayed to the world in the movie “Priscilla - Queen of the Desert” is up for a prize in - what else? - the “Unique Accommodation” category.
Broken Hill is hosting the awards this year with a gala dinner and a presentation ceremony that will feature a stage show dedicated to the “dancing queens” themselves.
It promises to be a wild night and the next morning Inland Tourism is inviting the winners to breakfast at the Palace.
With the hotel featuring so strongly in the awards weekend, its general manager, Helen Denton, said that everyone who worked there was thrilled that is was also up for a prize.
“The Palace Hotel is responsible for a lot of the kudos Broken Hill gets for its tourism,” said Ms Denton.
“Our staff spend a lot of time showing tourists through the hotel, and they are not all paying customers.
“We have had so many people through in the last few days. Someone even likened it to the Sistine Chapel!
“It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Broken Hill and we do a lot for the town.
“The staff put such a lot of time and effort into the application for the awards. We are all thrilled that our nomination was accepted and very hopeful of winning an award.”
The Inland Tourism Awards on Saturday, July 25, at the Civic Centre are expected to attract hundreds of people to the city from all over NSW.
A record number of nominations were received and Broken Hill now has an unprecedented seven finalists.
They are The Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Bruce Langford Visitors Centre, Outback Astronomy, Eldee Station, The Palace Hotel and Tri State Safaris.
City Council nominated its Broken Hill For Real campaign and the Broken Hill Heritage City and they are also in the finals along with our neighbour, Wilcannia for its “Warrawong on the Darling” cabin, caravan and camping spot.