Business of the year win a boost for the region

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EXCITED: Chris and Mandy Barnes of Kalinya Estate celebrate their Business of the Year win at the Wollondilly Local Business Awards.

EXCITED: Chris and Mandy Barnes of Kalinya Estate celebrate their Business of the Year win at the Wollondilly Local Business Awards.

Tourism was the winner when Kalinya Estate was named Business of the Year at the Wollondilly Local Business Awards presentation night held at Bargo Sports Club on Wednesday, May 22.

Manager Mandy Barnes said the win encouraged her and her husband to continue to strive to increase tourism in the area, both for the future of their business and for the region in general.

Set on six acres, Kalinya Estate offers luxury boutique accommodation and event spaces designed to create "unforgettable experiences and memories".

"We offer high quality accommodation and service in an area that traditionally has not been known in the wider Australian or international market for its tourism and partner wit many other amazing businesses," Ms Barnes said.

"I am very humbled to even be a finalist. I know how many amazing businesses there are in the Wollondilly area and being named Business of the Year is super exciting," she said. "My husband and I have put a huge amount of work into Kalinya Estate and into marketing both our estate and the Wollondilly area."

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Ms Barnes said the business awards provided a great opportunity for all the hardworking small businesses in the region to come together and support and encourage each other.

"It's a chance to grow together as a community of people passionate about working locally and to push us forward to reach better standards in business, not just locally, but in wider Australia and even worldwide," she said.

"I think everyone who lives and works in the Wollondilly region is in the business of tourism.

"I have heard stories again and again from guests about things that they have loved experiencing in the local area.

"But what stands out is the local people, who are always their friendly down-to-earth selves, who greet and help visitors, who take pride in their own houses and spaces that we love, and who offer brilliant services.

"The more we can encourage this, the more likely that when people leave Kalinya Estate and Wollondilly, they are going to tell their friends to come and stay."