Auckland Seaplanes, Tourism NZ recognised for luxury work

Auckland Seaplanes and Tourism New Zealand have been named finalists at the Luxperience Awards.

The two are New Zealand’s only representatives at the awards, which Luxperience said recognises “inspirational and influential products/projects within the high-end and experiential travel”.

Luxperience, a Sydney-based annual luxury travel trade show, has named 13 finalists from around the world in four categories.

Auckland Seaplanes has been named in the Meaningful Award, which “recognises excellence in the pursuit of preservation, sustainable tourism practices and/or environmental factors as its key goal”.

The other two finalists in the awards are Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, a luxury private villa resort in The Blue Mountains in Australia, and Shinta Mani Hotels in Cambodia.

“To be in the running with those outstanding companies makes us very proud of what we have achieved in less than four years,” said Chris Sattler, chief executive of Auckland  Seaplanes.

The operator is also a finalist at the NZ Tourism Awards on Thursday in the Westpac Business Excellence Award – Less than $6 million annual turnover.

Tourism New Zealand has been named in Luxperience’s Destination Award, which “acknowledges the activities of Regional State and National Tourism Offices in the Luxury and Experiential Travel space”. The award recognises destinations that incorporate luxury and high-end experiential travel as a key contributor to their overarching global strategy.

The other finalists in the category include Beverly Hills Conference and Visitors Bureau in the USA, Japan National Tourism Organization and New Caledonia Tourism.

The winners will be announced at the LuxAwards ceremony on 19 September, during Luxperience, which runs from 17-20 September.

Tourism New Zealand is a key partner for the event.

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