New Zealand tourism businesses have shone at the prestigious World Travel Awards in Hong Kong, winning numerous awards against strong Australasian competition.
Established in 1993, the awards celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry and are voted for by industry professionals and guests. Regional winners will compete for the title of ‘world’s best’ at a grand final ceremony in Lisbon, Portugal in November.
InterContinental Hotels’ Crowne Plaza Auckland and Holiday Inn Auckland Airport were among the big winners.
Holiday Inn Auckland Airport was named Australasia’s Leading Airport Hotel. As a long-time bridesmaid in the category, having been nominated every year for a decade, the property finally won through this year to take the crown.
It beat high calibre nominees to the title, including the new Naumi Auckland Airport and previous winners Pullman Sydney Airport and Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport.
“We are very proud to be recognised as Australasia’s Leading Airport Hotel,” said general manager Scott Schaefer.
“The win is testament to the $3m refurbishment of our public spaces, allowing a new cultural and vibrant personality to shine from within.”
Crowne Plaza Auckland was judged New Zealand’s Leading Business Hotel for the second year running. The property was also a winner in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
General manager Tim Pollock praised his team, saying: “To win two years in a row is a great achievement.
“The award reflects the commitment of our staff to ensure all guests have a wonderful experience.
“It confirms that we know what our guests want when they come to Auckland. It also creates confidence that we can adapt and deliver a high level of service to meet all our guest expectations.
“We’re the perfect base for guests who come to the city for business, pleasure, or a little bit of both.”
Air New Zealand has been named Australasia’s Leading Airline for the 10th year in a row and the region’s leading airline brand.
Other New Zealand prize winners in the Australasia category at the awards included:
- Treetops Lodge & Estate (Responsible Tourism Award)
- InterContinental Wellington (Leading Conference Hotel)
- Annandale (Leading Experiential Luxury Property)
- The Residence @ The George Christchurch (Leading Luxury Hotel Villa)
- Eagles Nest (Australasia’s Leading Villa Resort 2018)