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Tourism Industry Awards placed on hold for 2011

Tourism Industry Awards placed on hold for 2011

The Tourism Industry Awards have been put on hold for 2011, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) has announced.

A number of external factors contributed to the decision to not hold the Awards this year, TIA chairman Norm Thompson says.

Our members are telling us that the business demands created by the current economic climate mean they do not have the resources available to focus on creating comprehensive award entries.

They also want to keep their focus on preparing for Rugby World Cup 2011, and TIA does not want to distract them from providing the best possible experiences to visitors during this major event.

In addition, the Christchurch earthquakes mean a significant number of operators in that region are not operational or are concentrating on keeping their businesses going, so would not be in a position to enter the Awards.

“Taking all these factors into consideration, TIA made the difficult decision to put the Awards on hold this year,” he says.

“We are currently considering options for the 2012 Awards, to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the industry at this time. This includes a review of the Award categories and the optimum timing for the event.”

For information on the Tourism Industry Awards, visit www.tourismawards.co.nz

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