Sunday , May 27 2018

Deadline looms for leading hotel awards

Entries close this month for the prestigious New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards 2018.

The Awards recognise the best employees in all roles crucial to the running a successful hotel – from housekeeper to general manager.

Judged at the New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference in July, the awards are designed to reflect outstanding performance, allowing employers to publicly recognise recognising star performers, set performance benchmarks and generate strong PR for their business.

The awards seek out the best administrator, concierge, food and beverage attendant, front office staff member, general manager, housekeeper, young executive, revenue manager, regional employee, senior executive, and sales, marketing & distribution employee. The best environmental initiative is also acknowledged.

Nominations close at 5pm on May 17, with finalists revealed on June 5 and winners announced at a black-tie dinner at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland on July 5.

“There are 12 awards, recognising the many key roles that are vital to operating a successful hotel,” said Stephen Hamilton of Horwath HTL, which co-hosts the conference alongside Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

“This year we are delighted to announce a new award – regional employee of the year, which will be awarded to the best operational employee working in a hotel not located in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or Queenstown.”

The conference, the largest annual event dedicated to New Zealand’s hotel sector, has been sold out for two of the past three years.

Now in its 12th year, it is expected to attract some 350 delegates, including hotel managers, investors, developers, industry consultants, sponsors and exhibitors.

Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s Sally Attfield said: “We have an exciting programme that will discuss and debate the big issues affecting this sector currently, including crisis management, convention centres, blockchain, and our social licence to operate.”

Award nomination forms can be found at


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