Source = Habitat HQ Habitat HQ was awarded the coveted “Favourite Backpacker Accommodation in Victoria” title at the 2012 TNT Golden Backpack Awards Backpacker Industry Gala Dinner in Sydney last Thursday, 8th November. This makes it a ‘hat trick’ as it follows on from consecutive wins in 2010 and 2011. This much deserved accolade reflects a superb level of guest satisfaction. The Golden Backpack Awards are highly regarded within the industry and much sought after, as they are the only consumer voted awards for the independent travel industry in Australia and New Zealand. In 2012 the Australian industry awards were voted for by 80,000+ online independent travelers.Karyn Harte, Business Development and Marketing Manager proudly received the award on behalf of the staff at Habitat HQ commenting “This accolade rewards a passionate team committed to providing guests with exceptional service and travel experiences that create lifetime memories. As a people’s choice award, this is the greatest compliment our guests can give, and acknowledges that the Habitat HQ team is certainly delivering in every way!” This was backed up with a nomination as Finalist in the “Best Backpacker Night in Melbourne” category. Continually striving to achieve excellence within the Industry, Director Peter Beaconsfield comments “Our goal is to be the Number One Backpacker destination in Australia. Receiving this people’s choice award for the third consecutive year reflects the tireless commitment displayed by our team in delivering a dynamic events program and superior customer service.“ As the first Melbourne-based carbon neutral hostel, Habitat HQ continues to develop innovative and unique initiatives that support and encompass St Kilda, Melbourne and Tourism Victoria, promoting the best local, Melbourne and Victorian sights, activities and events on offer. Habitat HQ is located on St Kilda Road, St Kilda, in Melbourne’s premier bayside tourist precinct, providing dorm and motel style accommodation for over 230 guests. Other awards in 2012 include the STAY WYSE Green Initiative Award, City of Port Phillip Business Excellence Award, bronze in the Australian Tourism Awards and a finalist in the 2012 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards to be announced next week.