Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017
The two business houses are Queenstown Resort College and Real Journeys. While Queenstown Resort College won the Enabler Award for its highly popular Ambassador programme, Real Journeys won the People’s Choice at the Tourism Industry Awards.
The People’s Choice award was voted on by customers against 14 other eligible finalists, including the Haka Tourism Group, Skyline Queenstown and YHA New Zealand.
Real Journeys chief executive Richard Lauder said he was delighted.
Real Journeys was also a finalist in the TIA Business Excellence and Environmental categories.
Haka Tourism Group has won the tourism industry’s highest accolade, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.
In just over 10 years, Haka Tourism Group has expanded to include small group, adventure, snow and mountain bike tours, upmarket hostels, a specialist educational brand and high end snow tours. This year it is opening its first two hotels to support the tourism industry’s strong visitor growth.
Other awards were:
Business Excellence Award – more than $6 million annual turnover and Marketing Award: Haka Tourism Group
Tourism Industry Champion Award: Ryan Sanders – Haka Tourism Group
Sir Jack Newman Award (outstanding industry leader): Earl Hagaman
Emerging Tourism Leader Award: Shayne Forrest – Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours, Matamata
Business Excellence Award – less than $6 million annual turnover: Auckland Seaplanes
Environmental Tourism Award: Sudima Hotels & Resorts
Industry Alignment Award: Tourism West Coast