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Lake Tekapo Lodge voted best property in Oceania and Asia

Media release from Lake Tekapo Lodge
May 9 2014

Lake Tekapo Lodge voted best property in Oceania and Asia by leading accommodation website Booking.com

The world’s number one accommodation booking website, Booking.com, yesterday (May 8 2014) named Lake Tekapo Lodge the best property in Oceania and Asia in its annual ‘Best of Booking’s Best’ awards.

Based on guest reviews, Booking.com analysed the site’s most popular properties which were then analysed for high scores across key categories such as staff, comfort, service, cleanliness, location and value for money.

Located on the shores of stunning Lake Tekapo in the Mackenzie District of the South Island of New Zealand, Lake Tekapo Lodge is owned-and-operated by Stephanie Hagen and Alistair Craig and offers unrivalled high-end bed and breakfast style accommodation.

Well-travelled with extensive experience in many aspects of business and hospitality, including stints as hoteliers, chefs and winemakers, the couple took over the lodge 18 months ago and are multi-generational New Zealanders offering an authentic, professional and friendly Kiwi experience.

After extensive renovations, work on the systems of the property, attention to detail and innovative marketing, Lake Tekapo Lodge is also number one on Trip Advisor for Tekapo bed and breakfasts.

Speaking of the “unbelievable win”, Stephanie Hagen said she and Alistair were “still digesting the great news”.

“I had to read the email three times before I fully took it in and even then I had to call Booking.com to check I wasn’t going mad,” said Ms Hagen.

“We knew Lake Tekapo Lodge was great – but best in Asia and Oceania, that’s half the world’s population- and we’re number one.”

“It’s such a wonderful accolade and even more so as it’s based on the thoughts and feedback from our guests. We’re so incredibly grateful to our guests for their wonderful reviews as without them this award wouldn’t have been possible.”

Lake Tekapo Lodge has three recently-renovated king size bedrooms with lake and mountain views, a stylish dining room for breakfast and evening socialising, quiet lounge room with library and contemporary, unique works of New Zealand art featured throughout.

“Offering our guests a warm and friendly experience is of paramount importance to us and an accolade like this is priceless promotion for us, Tekapo and our whole region.”

“Our hard work has certainly paid off and we’re really proud to help keep Tekapo on the map.”

In the last few years Tekapo has seen a marked increase in both domestic and international visitor numbers and boasts many ‘must-do’ activities and attractions that have helped develop the region’s economy. Tekapo Springs, Earth and Sky, Air Safaris and other successful local businesses have grown and developed to draw people to the town, which is located almost halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown.

Booking.com CMO Paul Hennessy said the awards celebrated “the accommodations that our reviewers love” and offers consumers an at-a-glance option for finding the right accommodation - whatever their unique need, budget or desired destination.

“It enables would-be travellers to bypass hours of combing through reviews to find and book the world's most delightful accommodations that have received the stamp of approval from fellow travellers,” he said.

"We're proud to work with our ‘Best of Booking's Best’ accommodations to give travellers the most amazing experiences all over the world. Being called 'Booking's Best' is an indication of quality that can be trusted, because it comes directly from guests," said Mr Hennessy.

To ensure the ‘Best of Booking's Best’ recognition was given to accommodation with a proven track record of “consistently delighting customers”, Booking.com only featured accommodations that received over 50 customer reviews from the past 14 months.

Lake Tekapo Lodge was one of only two New Zealand properties named in the top ten and complements the lodge’s already impressive online reviews and accolades.

Aoraki Development Business and Tourism CEO Wendy Smith said she wholeheartedly congratulated Alistair and Stephanie on their “exceptional accolade”.

“Booking.com is one of the largest accommodation booking engines in the world and to be ranked number one in all of Asia and Oceania is wonderful acknowledgement of the experience Stephanie and Alistair have created and also what South Canterbury has to offer visitors from New Zealand and around the globe,” she said.

“It also shows the wider Canterbury region that they can escape to the ‘best-of-the-best’ for a night away and it’s right on their doorstep.”

“Stephanie and Alistair provide a world class experience and through their smart use of technology have also demonstrated the marketing reach of on line services. We congratulate them on this huge win. ”

ENDS

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