Sunday, April 22, 2018


Air NZ continues reign as Australia’s most reputable company

For the second consecutive year, proudly Kiwi airline Air New Zealand has been recognised as Australia’s most reputable company.

SKYCITY wins Good Business Egg Award

PRESS RELEASE: SKYCITY SKYCITY’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme has been recognised in this year’s BACS Good Business Egg Awards, winning the Community Empowerment award. This is the...

World’s Best Airlines: Where did TripAdvisor place Air NZ? (hint: it’s better than last...

Air New Zealand has scooped multiple categories in the second annual TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2018 including being ranked second best of all airlines globally.

Hotel Industry Awards 2018 open for entries

The hotel sector is gearing up for a big July, with the annual New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference on in Auckland 4-5 July, culminating with a gala Awards dinner.

Christchurch Airport named one of world’s best

Christchurch Airport has just been named one of the world’s best at the World Airport Awards in Stockholm.

GO Rentals wins Canstar Blue Award

GO Rentals has been revealed as the winner of the Canstar Blue Customer Satisfaction Award in the car hire category.

TNZ wins Bronze for Backpackagram campaign

Tourism New Zealand has won two Bronze medals at the prestigious AXIS awards for its innovative Backpackagram Instagram campaign. 

Air NZ, Lake Wanaka Tourism finalists at Mumbrella awards

Air New Zealand's 'A Very Merry Mistake' and Lake Wanaka Tourism's (LWT) #skiwanaka campaigns have been named as finalists at Australia's Mumbrella Travel Marketing Awards.

Bon Voyage, Travel Brokers, Lets Cruise recognised at CLIAs

Bon Voyage Cruises & Travel, Denise Fowler from The Travel Brokers, and Mark Smith from Lets Cruise were among the winners at the CLIA Australasia's 17th Annual Cruise Industry Awards.

2018 International Toilet Tourism Awards open for entry

The 2018 International Toilet Tourism Awards are now open to accept submissions from tourism destinations and businesses that want to wipe the floor with the competition.

Entries open for heritage tourism award

Organisers are encouraging all Canterbury individuals, organisations, and companies involved in heritage restoration, retention, promotion or tourism to submit an entry.

Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple Trip Advisor awards

Family-owned Abel Tasman Lodge scoops multiple top 5 rankings in Trip Advisor 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards

NZ helicopter company wins international recognition

Christchurch Helicopters has won the prestigious Salute to Excellence “Humanitarian Service” Helicopter Association International award for 2018.

NZ tops Asia Pacific golf tourism leaderboard

New Zealand has been named top golf destination in the Asia Pacific region by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.

Heritage Christchurch wins two World Luxury Hotel awards….

Heritage Christchurch has secured two awards in the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 which were announced over the weekend at a gala event in Zurich honouring the world’s top luxury properties.

Operators scoop sustainable business awards

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari, Wellington's ZEALANDIA and Christchurch Airport have each won awards at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Best in Show for Hobbiton as it scoops garden awards

Matamata's Hobbiton Movie Set has scooped a trilogy of awards at the New Zealand Flower and Garden Show in Auckland.

Clearwater, Millbrook, Playing Around NZ win at World Golf Awards

It might not be surrounded by Queenstown's remarkable scenery but that hasn't stopped Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch from winning the Best Course in Oceania at the 2017 World Golf Awards.

Winners of UNWTO Awards announced

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announces the winners of the UNWTO Ulysses Prize and the UNWTO Ethics Award.

Avis, P&O Cruises, Flight Centre among winners at Quality Services Awards

The results of the annual Reader’s Digest Quality Services Awards are out, revealing which New Zealand businesses most satisfy their clients.

Tourism Holdings’ Campbell, Air NZ win Deloitte Top 200 awards

Tourism Holdings Limited chair Rob Campbell and Air New Zealand have been recognized at the Deloitte Top 200 business awards.

Eden Park reigns supreme at EVANZ Awards

Eden Park has won the Supreme Venue of the Year awards at this year’s Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards.

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Eichardt’s win at World Ski Awards

Mt Hutt ski field, The Rees and Eichardt's hotels in Queenstown, and Wanaka's Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet have been recognised as New Zealand's best at the 2017 World Ski Awards.

Rainbow’s End recognised at prestigious international awards

Competing against top theme parks worldwide NZ based theme park Rainbow’s End was thrilled to come away with a major award at the Brass Rings 2017 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions ( IAAPA ) awards.

Wherewolf named Deloitte’s “One To Watch”

Wherewolf - the app for adventure tourism operators, has been named the ‘Rising Star - One To Watch’ at Deloitte New Zealand’s Fast 50 national awards in Auckland last week.

Air New Zealand named top airline in Oceania

Air New Zealand has been named Best Airline in Oceania at the Future Travel Experience Asia Awards.

Wellington, Auckland win big at recreation industry awards

The 2017 award winners represent the quality recreation opportunities available in New Zealand.

Jet Park Hotel, Snowplanet reign supreme

Jet Park Hotel and Snowplanet both won the supreme prize at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 for the southern and northern regions respectively.

Tourism leaders recognised at Waikato awards

Two of Waikato’s tourism leaders have been awarded prestigious awards at the 2017 Westpac Waikato Business Awards.

Hospitality’s future leaders recognised with $3000 scholarships

The winners of Hospitality NZ/SKY Future Leader Scholarships have been announced.  

Tourism takes top prize in Nelson Tasman business awards

Tourism operator Abel Tasman Canyons scooped two gongs at this year’s Nelson Tasman business awards including the Supreme Business title. names Air NZ Airline of the Year

Air New Zealand has been named the Airline of the Year for the fifth consecutive year by international aviation website

Virtuoso Strings reigns supreme at Wellington Airport awards

Virtuoso Strings, a life-changing music programme nurturing the talent of Porirua children from low-decile schools, has won the Supreme Award at the 2017 Wellington Airport Regional Community Awards.

Lifetime of contribution to hospitality recognised

Invercargill Licensing Trust General Manager Greg Mulvey has been inducted into the Hospitality New Zealand Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the hospitality industry and local community.

TNZ’s winning website collects another award

Tourism New Zealand’s consumer website has been voted the best destination website in the Asia Pacific region.

EAT.TASTE.CENTRAL – the winners

The inaugural Eat.Taste.Central Central Otago Regional Menu came to a close on Sunday when participating venues gathered at Monteith’s in Alexandra to hear the judges’ decisions for the top dishes.

Coromandel recognises outstanding contribution to tourism

The strength and depth of The Coromandel Tourism Industry has been recognised at the second annual Showcase Awards, hosted by Destination Coromandel.

Top 10 Holiday Park excels in local tourism

Top 10 Holiday Park at Hot Water Beach has been recognised for its major contribution to tourism and hospitality on the Coromandel winning the tourism and hospitality section at the recent Hauraki Coromandel Business Award.

Jenny Simpson receives CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award

Jenny Simpson, Air New Zealand’s Tourism Partnership Manager, has received the 2017 CINZ Outstanding Contributor Award.

GeoZone, Air NZ win innovation awards

Christchurch-based tourism technology company GeoZone and Air New Zealand both picked up gongs at last night's New Zealand Innovation Awards 2017 in Auckland.

Air NZ wins innovation award

Air New Zealand’s customer innovation programme has taken out the Innovation in Technology Solutions award at the annual New Zealand Innovation Awards in Auckland last night.

Condé Nast Traveler readers name Air NZ world’s top airline

Air New Zealand has been named Top Airline in the World by prestigious US magazine Condé Nast Traveler in its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Whangaparaoa Lodge, Hapuku Lodge & Treehouses, Edgewater win hospo awards

The very finest of Kiwi hospitality have once again been recognised at Hospitality New Zealand’s 20th annual Awards for Excellence gala dinner, held in central Wellington on ­Thursday night.

Tasman operator receives Blind Association award

Darryl Wilson, Chief Executive of Wilsons Abel Tasman National Park Ltd is the recipient of Blind Citizens NZ’s Extra Touch Award.

Hospo’s rising stars celebrated at awards

Seven of New Zealand’s best and brightest individuals working in the hospitality and accommodation sectors have been recognised for their hard work at the inaugural Hospitality New Zealand Rising Stars Awards 2017.

Akaroa, Havelock North, Masterton, Mt Hutt win beauty parade

Keep New Zealand Beautiful are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 Beautiful Awards.

WOMAD, Pop-up Globe, Pinot Noir NZ among event winners

This year, five new categories are introduced to further celebrate and recognise the companies, personalities and contributors to the events industry.

Wildwire, Cardrona, Edgewater recognised in awards

Wildwire, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Puzzling World and Edgewater Resort are among the company's recognised in the Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

Crowne Plaza wins silver in national design awards

The design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award in a national competition.

Rainbow’s End awarded prestigious Qualmark Gold

Rainbow’s End has received one of the country’s most coveted tourism awards – the Qualmark Gold Sustainable Tourism Business Award.

Christchurch Airport recognised for support of South Island tourism

Christchurch Airport has been honoured for its support of South Island tourism.

KiwiRail wins supreme Excellence in Business Support Award

KiwiRail’s resilience and ability to adapt to disruption saw it take home the supreme award at the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards on Wednesday night.

Auckland, Palmerston North And Wellington scoop awards

Wellington Airport was a double winner at this year’s New Zealand Airports Association Awards, claiming both the Community Engagement and Airline/Airport Collaboration prizes.

Fiordland Tourism Awards – and the winners are…

Over 150 people turned out with Destination Fiordland to celebrate 40 years of annual Tourism Awards.

Dedication to adventure recognised at NZOIA Awards

A Bay of Plenty man who has directed some of NZ’s most respected outdoor education centres and a Queenstown-based guide who spent a year on a sub-Antarctic island were among nine outstanding Kiwis recognised for excellence in outdoor leadership on Saturday. 

THL wins Australian 2017 Fleet Safety Award

Tourism Holdings Australia Pty Ltd, (thl) operators of Britz, Maui and Mighty campers has won the 2017 Australian Fleet Management Association’s (AfMA) Fleet Safety Award.

Air NZ, MOTAT finalists in Auckland business awards

Air New Zealand, the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) and Alexandra Park are among the finalists at the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2017 - Central region.

NZ Event Awards 2017 finalists announced

New Zealand Event Awards finalists for 2017 have been announced by the New Zealand Events Association.

Kia Ora a winner at Magazine Media Awards

Air New Zealand’s inflight magazine Kia Ora has taken out the Best Owned Media/Custom Publishing Brand award at the 2017 Magazine Media Awards held in Auckland.

Haka Supreme!

Haka Tourism Group was the big winner at last night's New Zealand Tourism Awards in Christchurch.

Photos from the NZ Tourism Awards 2017

A selection of photos from the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2017 held at Wigram Air Force Museum, Christchurch.

Earl Hagaman recognised for outstanding contribution to tourism

Scenic Hotel Group founder, the late Earl Hagaman has been recognised posthumously with the prestigious Crowe Horwath International Sir Jack Newman ‘Outstanding Industry Leader’ Award at the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

Real Journeys wins “People’s Choice” at NZ Tourism Awards

Real Journeys won the People’s Choice at the Tourism Industry Awards held in Christchurch on Thursday night.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds wins again at NZ Tourism Awards

After winning the Māori Tourism award at the 2016 event, the Treaty Grounds has stepped up further to win the highly sought-after Visitor Experience category in 2017.

Prestigious accolade for Middle-earth man

Middle-earth movie magic has garnered attention once again following the win of a prestigious award by its marketing manager at the New Zealand Tourism Awards gala dinner in Christchurch on Thursday night.

Industry converges on Christchurch for NZ Tourism Awards

The great and the good of NZ's tourism industry will converge on Christchurch today to celebrate the achievements of the people and businesses working in the sector.

Tourism tech companies vie for NZ innovation award

Tourism technology companies are leading the charge for the sector at the 2017 New Zealand Innovation Awards.

Auckland Seaplanes, Tourism NZ recognised for luxury work

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

Falls Retreat, Hot Water Beach Top10, The Lost Spring named finalists

Falls Retreat in Waihi, Hot Water Beach Top10 holiday park, and The Lost Spring hot pools are finalists in the 2017 Hauraki Coromandel Business Awards.       

Award recognises Ruapehu regional tourism best practice

The lead team behind the development of the ‘Ruapehu Regional Visitor Sector Development Plan and Destination Value Proposition’ are celebrating receiving a Commendation Award for Collaboration with Business, Iwi and the Community.

Rotorua holiday park wins top hospitality award

It’s fourth time lucky for Rotorua’s All Seasons Holiday Park which has won the prestigious 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.

Eden Park wins Australasian business award

New Zealand’s largest stadium, Eden Park, has taken out the Business Award at this year’s Australasian Leisure Management (ALM) Awards.

Hassle-free, Mt Hutt, Hanmer Springs among business awards finalists

Hassle-free Tours, Christchurch Adventure Park, and Mt Hutt Ski Area are among the finalists announced in the Champion Canterbury Business Awards 2017. 

Award winner Real Journeys: “The business is all about increasing diversity”

Real Journeys Chief Executive Richard Lauder says he is delighted the tourism company has been named the Supreme Winner at the Diversity Awards NZ as well as winning the Tomorrow’s Workforce Award.

Clearview Estate: “Striving to reflect the best of Hawke’s Bay”

For almost 30 years, Clearview Estate has been a favourite destination for Hawke’s Bay visitors and locals alike.

Prinsy’s Tours, Clearview Estate, Kennedy Park among tourism winners

Clearview Estate Winery and Restaurant, Prinsy’s Tours and Kennedy Park Resort were among the winners honoured at the 2017 Hawke's Bay Tourism Industry Awards last night. 

Real Journeys wins Supreme Diversity Award

Real Journeys' training initiative utilising the experience of its aging workers to provide exceptional learning opportunities for young people has won the top prize at the 20th Diversity Awards New Zealand.

Hapuku Lodge, Pullman, Edgewater among hospo awards finalists

Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses, Pullman Auckland and Wanaka's Edgewater are among the 54 finalists announced for the 2017 Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence. 

Top tour operators recognised by industry

Three of New Zealand’s top tourism operators have been celebrated as the best in the business at an awards ceremony held at Te Anau during the annual at the Tourism Export Council conference. 

Young TEC Excellence Award winner announced

The Tourism Export Council of New Zealand has announced the winner of the Young TEC Excellence Award

Tourism businesses eligible for Wanaka Business Awards

Wanaka’s flourishing business community has another opportunity to celebrate success with the launch of this year’s Ignite Wanaka Business Awards.

Clearview Estate a Hospo winner, again!

Clearview Estate Winery will be adding two more accolades to the walls after taking out the inaugural Outstanding Cellar Door award and the Outstanding Supplier / Sales Representative award for Lisa Clarke at the Hawke’s Bay Hospitality Awards.

Qrious’ Voyager wins IDC Smart City award

Qrious' Voyager, the Interactive Tourism Intuitive Web Portal, has won IDC’s Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2017 under the category of Tourism, Arts, Libraries, Culture, Open Spaces.

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort wins big

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort has walked away with two major awards including the top award at the ServiceIQ Great Lake Taupo Business Awards 2017.

ITC named finalist in NZ Social Media Awards

The International Travel College of New Zealand (ITC) has been recognised for its outstanding social media efforts by the New Zealand Social Media Awards

Finalists announced for Hawke’s Bay tourism awards

Tourism businesses in Hawke’s Bay have put their best foot forward for the 2017 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Awards with the finalists selected from over 25 entries.

Fiordland Outdoors Company secures scholarship

Fiordland Outdoors Company have just been named the winners of the Innovation Category in the 2017 Nurture Change scholarship awards.

Young TEC Awards finalists announced

The finalists for the Young Tourism Export Council 2017 Awards have been announced and winners will be revealed at the Tourism Export Council conference awards ceremony at the Luxmore Hotel, Te Anau on Wednesday 16 August.

Two awards on the cards for Angus & Associates

Angus & Associates is thrilled to have been selected as a finalist in two prestigious industry awards programmes this week.

Haka up for three gongs as NZ Tourism Awards finalists announced

Earth & Sky's Margaret Munro, China Travel Service's Lisa Li and Ryan Sanders from Haka Tourism Group are among 24 finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

TNZ named top tourism office in Australia

Tourism New Zealand has been named the top tourism office in Australia at the premier industry event of the year.

Women dominate NZ Hotel Industry Awards

Women have dominated this year’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, winning seven of the 10 individual awards.

Langham wins sustainability award

Auckland’s Langham Hotel has become he first company in NZ to be awarded a prestigious EarthCheck platinum certification for its sustainability efforts.

Hospitality efforts win recognition for holiday parks

Five holiday parks that go the extra mile to create a special experience for their guests are finalists in the 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.

Two international wine awards for The Rees

The Rees Hotel Queenstown has yet again scooped up two major international wine awards for its True South Wine List Dining Room.

NZ Hotel Industry Awards – 33 finalists named

The finalists in the New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards have been revealed and five regions dominate the line-up – Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Entries open for 2017 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards

These awards recognise the best tourism businesses and experiences in Hawke’s Bay.

TIA: Hotel conference explores the future

From collaborative cooking areas to robotic concierges and living hotels that look different every time you visit, the latest in hotel design and service trends will feature at next month’s New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.  

West Coast’s ‘Untamed Natural Wilderness’ brand recognised

The West Coast’s 'Untamed Natural Wilderness' brand has seen the council become a finalist at the 2017 Local Government New Zealand EXCELLENCE Awards.

Whale Watch wins World Tourism Award

Kaikoura's Whale Watch has won the Australasian Responsible Tourism Award at this year's World Tourism Awards.

Rotorua operator wins inaugural Holiday Parks award

Jasmine Adams of the Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park has won the inaugural Holiday Parks’ Emerging Star Award for holiday park professionals under the age of 35.

Capital attraction wins Green Ribbon

Wellington conservation project and attraction Zealandia has won the Leadership in Communication and Education Green Ribbon environmental award. 

Auckland Australasia’s leading meetings and conference destination

Auckland has been named the top meetings and conference destination in Australasia at the 2017 World Travel Awards.

IHG NZ strikes gold at World Travel Awards

Two InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) New Zealand properties have struck gold at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Air NZ Australasia’s #1 airline again

Air New Zealand was named Australasia’s Leading Airline for the ninth year in a row at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

Air NZ wins award for comms

Air New Zealand’s communications team has been named Communications Team of the Year at the Asia-Pacific Excellence Awards announced in Hong Kong.

World’s Best Airlines: Where did TripAdvisor place Air NZ?

Air New Zealand has come fifth in TripAdvisor’s inaugural 2017 Travelers' Choice awards for airlines.

TripAdvisor: Rotorua hotel best reviewed in NZ

Two Rotorua accommodation providers have taken out their categories in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

South Island swots up on TINZT

Three South Island students were the recipients of the 2017 Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT) Academic Scholarships.
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