New look for iconic Bruny Hotel Mon 7 May 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Scott Bacon, MP Minister for Tourism The Tasmanian Government has praised the commitment of tourism operators David and Rachel Gunton for their impressive re-vamp of the iconic Bruny Island Hotel. The Premier, Lara Giddings, and the Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, today launched the re-furbished Hotel Bruny at Alonnah which was originally built in the 1930s. Ms Giddings said David and Rachel have shown a commitment to capitalising on the key drawcards for visitors to Tasmania by investing in a business offering dining and accommodation on one of our most visited islands. "Last year around 76,000 people from interstate and overseas came to Bruny Island with around 22,400 staying overnight," Ms Giddings said. "An important part of the experience for those visitors was the island's magnificent beaches, bushwalks and local produce. "Increasing the accommodation choice and dining experiences will help to encourage more visitors to stay longer in this part of our beautiful state. "Through the Hotel Bruny, David and Rachel are looking to enhance that experience by providing a welcoming place for visitors, which showcases local produce on the new menu using the skills of renowned chef Joff Jennings. "From the stunning scenery outside, to the local produce on the table, visitors to the hotel can indulge themselves in the very best that Tasmania has to offer." The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, said the refurbished Hotel would complement the many fine experiences on offer on Bruny Island. "These include the beaches, the natural areas and a range of attractions and tours like Rob Pennicott's Bruny Island Cruise, Bruny Island Cheese Company, Inala Nature Tours, Get Shucked Oysters, Bruny Island Berry Farm, HIBA and Bruny island Premium Wines," he said. "David and Rachel's passion for tourism, hospitality and Bruny Island is renowned. "It has earned their business five state tourism awards since 2007, and David the 2009 Tourism Minister's Young Achiever Award. "They have shown they're commitment to investing in the infrastructure of Bruny Island, to help develop the island's tourism potential even further, and I wish them all the best for the now re-launched Bruny Hotel."