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2018 Top Tourism Operators Recognised by Industry

2018 Top Tourism Operators Recognised by Industry

Three of New Zealand’s top tourism operators have already been recognised because the best in the continuing business by their industry peers. The awards event, area of the annual Tourism Export Council of New Zealand (TECNZ) Tourism Conference happened at Craggy Range in the Hawke’s Bay yesterday evening (Wednesday 8 August).

“Congratulations to your 2018 winners” says LEADER, Judy Chen. “Our annual Operator of the entire year Awards celebrate those people who are highly engaged making use of their business partners in the market and also have excelled in regions of innovation, customer support and responsible tourism.”

“Awards finalists were chosen by the TECNZ Board however the winners are decided by member votes with many past winners commenting on the importance of receiving acknowledgment from their peers within the. As we go to another busy summer months that is just the boost our three winners deserve to greatly help them continue steadily to deliver fabulous, bucket list holiday experiences in New Zealand often.”

The winners of the 2018 Operator of the entire year Awards are:

Inbound Operator of the entire year Award
General Travel New Zealand

General Travel New Zealand is probably the country’s longest established inbound tour operators.

Founded in 1973 by Peter Black, General Travel New Zealand is really a privately owned and operated company that requires a personal and direct fascination with meeting, and exceeding often, the expectations of individual groups and travellers of visitors from markets including THE UNITED STATES, Australia, Japan, Asia, Europe, South Africa, South and india America.

General Travel employs 35 staff in Auckland and another 12 in 5 offshore sales offices. They work in every visitor markets to varying degrees and so are often among the first companies into new and emerging markets to spread the brand new Zealand Story.

The daily running of the business enterprise now falls largely to John Sng (Managing Director) and Anna Black (Executive Director), while Peter makes an excellent try to retire. The business is a person in TECNZ because the mid-70s and is among the original members with Peter, others from the overall Travel team and Anna having all served on the TECNZ Board now, with Anna the incumbent TECNZ Chair.

Ms Chen said, “General Travel is a long standing and regarded operator in the tourism sector for over 40 years highly. Because the industry is continuing to grow and changed so too has General Travel which is really a huge credit to Peter, Anna, John and their team.”

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Allied Operator of the entire year Award
Scenic Hotel Group

Founded in 1980 on the West Coast of the South Island, the Scenic Hotel Group story is among friends and family. Over four decades nearly, Scenic Hotel Group is continuing to grow to 18 hotels that stretch from Paihia in the far north to Gore and Queenstown in the deep south and today also contains the South Pacific nations of Niue and Tonga.

In New Zealand, Scenic Hotel Group delivers a uniquely kiwi experience and is passionate about growing and developing sustainable tourism in New Zealand all demonstrated by way of a selection of environmental and procurement initiatives.

Ms Chen said, “The Scenic Hotel Group is another shining exemplory case of a company which has grown and evolved because the tourism industry has. Scenic is definitely an enormous supporter of the which award is deserved and needed. Managing Director, Lani Hagaman could be pleased with the Scenic Hotel Group collection justifiably, often situated in a number of the more remote but most beautiful destinations throughout New Zealand arguably.”

Small Business Operator of the entire year Award
Ecozip Adventures

EcoZip Adventures, a Waiheke Island based zipline tourism company opened their doors to the paying public in 2012 first. From those initial months, day was an enormous achievement if they considered to zip 50 guests in a, year to thousands of guests every, the ongoing company ensures they never lose sight of the easy vision that they had for the business enterprise, that of introducing people to the native forests surrounding Auckland with no need for hiking gear or needing to find plenty of time for backcountry hiking.

Ms Chen said,” EcoZip is another brilliant exemplory case of making New Zealand’s beautiful landscapes accessible for several levels and ages of fitness. Combining great eco-tourism and views, along with, Waiheke Island’s fantastic food and beverage offering produces a compelling visitor experience that is why is EcoZip Adventures the type of visitor activity that tour operators are trying to find.”


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