Christchurch Airport, iFLY Indoor Skydiving, and Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours have scooped multiple nominations in this year’s New Zealand Tourism Awards.
More than 115 entries were received across the individual and business awards including the new Regenerative Tourism Award, with 35 making the shortlist.
Christchurch Airport and Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours led the nominations with three apiece, followed by Queenstown’s iFLY Indoor Skydiving with two.
“What has been achieved in the last 12 months is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Rebecca Ingram, chief executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa, which organises the awards.
“Judges said the high quality of this year’s entries was a strong statement on the calibre of the people that we have in the tourism industry.”
The Marsh Tourism Industry Champion Award recognises an outstanding tourism professional who has been in the tourism industry for more than 10 years. Nominees include John Barrett from Kapiti Island Nature Tours, Dylan Rushbrook at Tourism Central Otago, and Nicholas Sautner of The Eden Park Trust.
The PATA New Zealand Trust Emerging Tourism Leader Award recognises an outstanding tourism professional who has been in the tourism industry for less than 10 years, and this year Alex Dykman from Maverick Digital, Antz Longman at Tourism Central Otago, and Anne Newman of Christchurch Adventure Park are finalists.
The awards will be held in Kirikiriroa Hamilton on 10 November following the Tourism Summit Aotearoa.
As well as the business and individual awards, the Sir Jack Newman Award for Outstanding Industry Leader will also be presented on the night.
The finalists are:
Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust: Community Engagement Award
Department of Conservation: Conservation Award
Tourism Talent Employer of Choice Award
Tourism New Zealand Industry Collaboration Award
He Toa Takitini Māori Tourism Award
Westpac Resilience and Innovation Award
NZME Visitor Experience Award
Airbnb Regenerative Tourism Award
PATA New Zealand Trust Emerging Tourism Leader Award
Marsh Tourism Industry Champion Award
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