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Napier’s Viceroy Hotel finalist in Hospitality NZ Awards

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Napier’s Viceroy Hotel finalist in Hospitality NZ Awards

Napier’s newest chic hotel has been named a finalist in the Hospitality New Zealand Awards being announced in Queenstown next month.

The Viceroy has been named a finalist in the best redeveloped accommodation hotel category and is up against two other hotels in the country.

The Viceroy is one of some 16 categories which en-compasses everything from a country pub in Northland to an up-market gastro bar in Auckland through to the new Napier Hotel to a café in Southland.

Hospitality NZ Chief Executive Bruce Robertson said the finalists in this years’ Awards for Excellence reflect the country’s food, beverage and accommodation providers are yet again at the forefront of professional business operations in New Zealand and can justifiably hold their heads high in any commercial environment.

“There is far more positivity in the wider hospitality industry than there has been for a number of years, and the commercial attitude demonstrated in the entries submitted by the finalists in this year’s awards reflects that.

“That optimism is mirrored in the amount of capital investment now being spent on premises. New hospitality businesses are emerging at locations throughout the country, while existing businesses are renovating, refurbishing and expanding – motivated by their owners’ confidence in growing consumer spend.

“Some of that investment has been substantial – well into the seven figures – and would not have been undertaken lightly. As a result, employment is growing – supported by a stronger emphasis on recruitment, training and staff retention…all of which were themes seen in many of the awards entries from these finalists.”

Viceroy Hotel Manager Travis Moriarty says he is delighted to be named a finalist in these prestigious awards and all the hard work that has gone into the refurbishment has paid off by being awarded a finalist position.

“The team in Napier has worked hard to ensure we have a hotel that we can be proud of and can offer guests and unique stay in a comfortable surrounding with a fantastic restaurant Delmonico’s offering food and beverages.”

The rooms and the conference facility is also a bonus for the hotel said Mr Moriarty.

“To have the help of GD (Brent Gibson) Design Concepts who did amazing job with the fit out of the hotel lobby and restaurant has helped us secure being a finalist in these awards,” said Mr Moriarty

Hospitality NZ’s Bruce Robertson said it was also encouraging to see such a broad spectrum of business ownerships represented in the list of finalists – from private companies and family-run venues, through to large corporate entities with a multi-national presence.

Entrants into the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence are judged over a six week period by a panel of independent industry professionals who assess every competitor on a range of commercial and operational criteria – including staff training and human resources, customer service, marketing and promotional activities, and the demonstration of business growth.

Winners at Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence will be announced at the organisation’s national conference being held in Queenstown on September 25 and 26th.


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