New Zealandís top tourist operators have been recognised in the countryís annual Tourism Industry Awards with a flexi travel network taking out
the supreme prize for 2008.
Magic Travellers Network, which runs a fleet of hop on hop off coaches for independent international travellers, received the Air New Zealand
Supreme Award at a special ceremony in the South Island city of Christchurch
The Tourism Industry Awards recognise the tourism industryís top performers and celebrate the achievements of the industry as a whole.
This yearís awards reflected the industryís commitment to sustainability and rewarded businesses with a future-focus on sustainable business
"The winners of these awards are dedicated to the pursuit of business excellence. With companies like these driving the future of tourism in New
Zealand, we can be confident that the industry can overcome some of the challenges created by a changing global market,"
said Tourism Industry
Association Chief Executive Tim Cossar.
Major category award winners:
Agrodome (Rotorua) - Visitor Activities and Attractions
Grand Mercure St Moritz (Queenstown)- Visitor Accommodation
Magic Travellers Network - Tourism and Transportation
Other significant award winners included:
Philips Innovation Award - Air NZ Grabaseat
Westpac Small Tourism Operator Award - Skydive Lake Wanaka Ltd
Department of Conservation (DOC) Conservation in Action Award - Karori Sanctuary, Wellington.
Special award recipients:
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Export Award - Real Journeys (Fiordland)
Green Globe Sustainability Award - The Langham Hotel, Auckland
Qualmark Mark of Quality Award - Magic Travellers Network.
Individual awards were presented to William Goodfellow from Explore New Zealand - PATA Young Tourism Professional of the Year, and Kiyomi
Gunji, Southern Travel Holdings - the Horwath Sir Jack Newman Award for services to the industry.
The Tourism Industry Awards are supported by Tourism New Zealand. In 2009, one criteria of entry to the Awards will be that a business must
have Qualmark accreditation if applicable. The Qualmark logo is New Zealandís Mark of Quality to the international market.
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