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Managing the World’s Best Boutique Hotel

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Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School is delighted to report an outstanding achievement for alumni, Justin King, General Manager of the luxury hotel Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania. Justin has been managing Saffire for more than two years, and is now the recipient of the World’s Best Boutique Hotel 2014 award at the recent World Boutique Hotel Awards ceremony, held at The Montcalm, London Marble Arch.

This prestigious award is the highest honour in the World Boutique Hotel Awards scheme, which is committed to recognising the high quality and uniqueness of luxury boutique properties. Saffire Freycinet was also awarded Australasia’s Best Boutique HotelAustralasia’s Best Culinary Boutique Hotel and Australasia’s Best Design Boutique Hotel.

“We have been very fortunate to win several awards this year, although receiving the ‘Best Overall Boutique Hotel in the World’ at the World Boutique Hotel Awards today is beyond our wildest dreams,” said Justin.

Earlier this month Saffire received the Australian Hotels Association award for Best Resort-Style Accommodation at the national awards dinner in Hobart. Other accolades include being named the number two Best Overseas Leisure Resort in the Australasia and South Pacific Region by readers of travel title Condé Nast Traveller in the UK.

Justin, graduated from BMIHMS in 2002 at the same time as his wife Melanie, has extensive experience working in the hospitality industry in Australia, London, Doha, Fiji and now in Tasmania. While co–managing with his wife Melanie the Blue Lagoon Resort in Fiji, the property won the Fijian Prime Minister’s Tourism Exporter of the Year Award in 2011 and the Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Award for 2012.

Justin said, “I feel that my time at BMIHMS has enabled me to have some amazing opportunities with some incredible properties around the world.  I am still reaping the rewards many years later with an incredible alumni network, and the ability to access some of the best hoteliers in Australia and internationally.  I am certainly proud to be part of such a group of people”.

The whole team at Blue Mountains congratulates Justin for this great achievement, and wish him further success in his already impressive career.

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Blue Mountains International School

The Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (BMIHMS) has been providing hospitality education since 1991. The school was the first of its kind in Australia when it opened and has grown to be recognised as a leading provider of Hospitality Degree Courses. Over 23 years the Leura campus has developed hospitality degree courses where students live and study in a simulated hotel environment. This reflects the famous Swiss hotel school model of teaching and learning. In 2010, we were ranked the number 1 hospitality management school in Asia Pacific and Australia (TNS Survey 2013).