Entries have opened for the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2017, with competition expected to be fierce given the record results the industry is achieving.
The awards programme celebrates individuals and organisations that are fast-tracking the industry towards its Tourism 2025 $41 billion annual revenue goal. Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, which runs the Awards, says:
“Tourism now generates almost $35 billion annually and is New Zealand’s largest export industry, with earnings exceeding all forecasts. That growth is being supported by outstanding performance from tourism operators large and small in communities across the country, and we encourage them to enter.”
The awards and the winners provide a benchmark of excellence and inspiration to other tourism businesses.There are many benefits from entering, and winners also receive a generous package of prizes, with the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award winner receiving international air travel of $10,000.
There are three individual awards for tourism industry leaders across the generations, eight business awards and a People’s Choice award.The winners will be announced at a gala Awards Dinner in Christchurch on September 7, 2017.