When in Milan .......

Last day in Milan and it is pouring, cold and miserable.  We are too early to check into our room, and are invited to hang out in the lounge upstairs.  We were given free Internet access so decided to check email.  This is what we found in the HideAway Haven inbox.

Good Afternoon HideAway Haven,
We would love for you to nominate for the WA Regional Achievement & Community Awards! Specifically the Events & Tourism Award.

If you are interested please email me at ...........!

Nominations do close today but my Director thinks that your business will be a great candidate for the awards that if you start your nomination and save it today we can give you till the 18th August to complete it.

REgional Awards

Well that gave us 4 days to complete it.  1 Day in Milan, 2 days travelling home, of course we could do that. We just won 3 Business Awards at our local Chamber of Commerce and Industry and our WA Tourism Award application was almost done.  

We have a lap top no problems, lets say yes we are in.  So some frantic emails home to get copies of our other applications, thinking we needed to do some copying and pasting.

The weather was really bad, we had no transport and Milan is not a nice place to be on a very rainy and windy day. We were in the airport hotel and Milan was an hour underground train ride away with thousands of commuters. So we decided we would spend the day working on the application.

After 2 weeks of beautiful views and weather this was Milan from our airport hotel

After 2 weeks of beautiful views and weather this was Milan from our airport hotel

We received this email on Wednesday.

Judging of the prestigious 2014 Regional Achievement and Community Awards was completed recently. The standard of nominations was exceptional across the eight categories and the feedback from the judging panel indicated that it was a very difficult process, with so many deserving candidates. 

I am pleased to advise that your nomination in the Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award progressed past the initial phase of judging to reach the Semi Finalist stage, which is a wonderful achievement.

However I am sorry to inform you that your nomination did not quite make it to the final three for this year. Being selected as a Semi Finalist means that your nomination was shortlisted from the entire pool of applications, for consideration as a Finalist. This is a great effort and the judges have asked me to pass on their congratulations and their highest regards for such outstanding achievements.

A letter of congratulations and official invitation to the Gala Presentation Dinner will be posted to you in the next week or so. But to ensure you have all the information straight away, I have included some details below. 

Gala Presentation Dinner

All Semi Finalists in attendance at the Gala Presentation Dinner are presented on stage with a framed certificate by the Honourable Terry Redman MLA, Minister for Regional Development. Our MC for the evening, Matt Tinney from Nine News Perth, will also read out a brief profile of each Semi Finalist who is presented. Being named a Semi Finalist really is a fantastic achievement and we want to recognise your great work.

We probably won't be able to attend the Gala Presentation Dinner but hope we still get our framed certificate.  It can join all the others on the wall.