Tourism Industry Awards 2008 finalists
From naturist park to WOMAD – Tourism Industry Awards 2008 finalists
26 May 2008
Many different sectors within the tourism industry are reflected among the finalists for the 2008 Tourism Industry Awards, announced today at TRENZ 2008 in Rotorua, the major tourism industry business event of the year.
In a mix of previous entrants and businesses new to the Awards programme, the finalists represent some of the industry’s biggest operators such as Air New Zealand (entering their Grabaseat programme) to those responsible for training young tourism professionals – Travel Careers and Training Ltd.
“We need strong, high performing businesses in all facets of our industry. All aspects of these finalists’ businesses have been closely scrutinised by a panel of industry judges – and these finalists have more than made the grade,” Tourism Industry Association (TIA) Acting Chief Executive Oscar Nathan says. “They are leading operators in tourism and provide great role models for other businesses to aspire to.”
One of the key outcomes of the New Zealand Tourism Strategy 2015 (www.nztourismstrategy.com) is that we must ensure a sustainable future for tourism in New Zealand. This year’s awards include a significant requirement for entrants to demonstrate sustainability in all areas of their business activity, along with having efficient, effective and profitable business practices.
The winners, who will be announced at the Tourism Industry Awards Celebration dinner in Christchurch on 5 August, will be the very best New Zealand has to offer.
Furthering the Awards’ commitment to business excellence is the alignment of the Awards programme to Qualmark from 2009. The Awards will remain as business excellence awards based on the Baldrige criteria, but in addition a Qualmark rating or endorsement will be required for all entrants where applicable.
2007, all Tourism Industry Awards winners who were able to
be Qualmarked already were, as are most of this year’s
Nathan says. ”It is critical that the Awards programme supports New Zealand tourism’s official quality agency. The Qualmark licence demonstrates a quality New Zealand product, ensuring that the Awards winners’ branding reflects both a quality business and an outstanding visitor experience.”
The Awards are managed by TIA as agent of the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust and are supported by key industry members as well as a number of business partners: Tourism New Zealand, Air New Zealand, Telecom, Westpac, Philips, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Budget Rental Cars and Trucks, Department of Conservation, Villa Maria, Green Globe, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Horwath. Visit www.tourismawards.co.nz for more information.
The full list of Awards Finalists by category and by region is attached.
Key statistics about tourism:
• Tourism is the world's fastest growing
• New Zealand tourism arrivals have increased by 61% since 1999 to 2.4 million
• Forecast annual growth is 4% on average for at least the next five years
• Tourism is New Zealand's single largest export sector. International visitors contributed $8.3 billion dollars to the economy in the year ended March 2006. That is 19.2% of exports
• Domestic tourism contributes $10.3 billion to the economy each year
• Tourism directly and indirectly employs 10 percent of the work force. That is one in 10 jobs in New Zealand.
• Tourism represents 8.9% ($12.8 billion) of gross domestic product and generates $531 million in GST returns from international visitors each year. Tourism is the only export sector whose international clients pay GST.
Tourism Industry Awards 2008 – Finalists
Tourism & Transportation Services
Tourmasters South Pacific (NZ) Ltd
Kiwi Discovery Ltd
and Training Ltd
Magic Travellers Network
Katikati Naturist Park
Beach Top 10 Holiday
Grand Mercure St Moritz
BUSINESS AWARDS CONT
Visitor Activities and Attractions
Meetings and Incentives
WOMAD NZ Festival 2007
Rainbow Springs Nature Park & Kiwi
PHILIPS INNOVATION AWARD
EIT’s Tourism and Travel Wheel of Learning
Air New Zealand
WESTPAC SMALL TOURISM OPERATOR AWARD
DOC CONSERVATION IN ACTION AWARD
Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter
Real Journeys and
Fiordland, Queenstown, Stewart Is.,