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Hot pools to hobbits – Tourism Awards finalists named

From hot pools to hobbits and hotels, the finalists in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards are a shining example of why this industry is enjoying record growth.

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Chris Roberts

The 28 finalists will compete for awards in two individual categories and eight business categories, said Chris Roberts, chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, which runs the annual awards program.

“New Zealand’s tourism industry is enjoying rampant growth – it’s the country’s most valuable export industry and in total generates $30 billion in annual visitor spend.

“These prestigious awards celebrate the industry’s success and recognise the individuals and businesses doing an outstanding job, generating economic wealth and supporting jobs in communities throughout the country.”

Mr Roberts said the finalists showcase the industry’s diversity.

“They come from Paihia to Queenstown, range from big corporates to small, locally-based businesses and cover the many sectors that make up this exciting industry – from ski fields to campervan rentals to a tour company specialising in Chinese independent travellers.

“We have several finalists who have been in business for decades and others who have established themselves as industry leaders in a matter of years.”

Mr Roberts said the Awards are closely aligned with the industry’s Tourism 2025 growth framework, which aims to increase total annual tourism revenue to $41 billion.

The winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner in Auckland on Thursday, September 29. The winner of the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award will receive international air travel to any Air New Zealand destination valued at $10,000 (+GST) to help them grow their tourism business.

Awards finalists

  • Emerging Tourism Leader Award, supported by PATA New Zealand Trust
    • Jared Adams – Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park, Rotorua
    • Bradley Garnett – SKYCITY Entertainment Group, Auckland
  • Tourism Industry Champion Award, supported by Sudima Hotels & Resorts
    • Graeme Abbot – Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Hanmer
    • Olivier Lacoua – CQ Hotels Wellington, Wellington
    • Lisa Li – China Travel Service (NZ) Ltd, Auckland
  • Business Excellence Award – annual turnover less than $6 million, supported by Westpac
    • Auckland Seaplanes, Auckland
    • Black Cat Cruises, Christchurch
    • Takaro Trails Cycle Tours, Napier
  • Business Excellence Award – annual turnover more than $6 million, supported by JLT & AIG
    • CQ Hotels Wellington, Wellington
    • Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, Hanmer
    • Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours, Matamata
    • NZSki Ltd, Queenstown
  • Environmental Tourism Award, supported by Mercury Energy
    • Rotorua Canopy Tours, Rotorua
    • The Langham Auckland, Auckland
    • thl – Tourism Holdings Ltd, Auckland
  • Industry Alignment Award, supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
    • AA Traveller – The New Zealand Cycle Trail Guide, Auckland
    • Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development Ltd, Auckland
    • Destination Rotorua, Rotorua
  • Maori Cultural Tourism Award, supported by Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development
    • TIME Unlimited Tours, Auckland
    • Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia
  • Tourism 2025 Enabler Award, supported by Auckland Airport
    • Angus & Associates Ltd, Wellington
    • FORWARD Insight & Strategy, Auckland
  • Tourism Marketing Campaign Award, supported by Spark Business
    • Haka Tours Ltd, Auckland
    • Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours, Matamata
    • The Department of Conservation & Air New Zealand
  • Visitor Experience Award, supported by ServiceIQ
    • Haka Tours Ltd, Auckland
    • Rainbow’s End Theme Park, Auckland
    • Rotorua Canopy Tours, Rotorua
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