The New Zealand Tourism Awards 2022 finalists have been revealed by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) at an online ceremony today.
The prestigious Awards showcase and celebrate the tourism industry’s individual and business successes. Winners will be announced in person at a special Awards dinner on 10 November in Kirikiriroa Hamilton, following Tourism Summit Aotearoa.
“What has been achieved in the past 12 months is nothing short of extraordinary,” says TIA Chief Executive Rebecca Ingram. “I want to warmly congratulate everyone who took the time to enter the Awards, even if they didn’t make it to finalist status. The competition is tough, and I know the judges really agonised over their decisions this year.”
Judges said the high quality of this year’s entries was a strong statement on the calibre of the people we have in the tourism industry.
“Judging these entries was humbling,” said a member of the judging panel. “All entrants deserve recognition for turning the ship around or keeping it steady in a time of crisis. It’s heart-warming to know the industry is in such good hands.”
The three awards for individuals are open to outstanding performers in the industry, and nine awards recognise business excellence, industry alignment and organisations that are living the values of the Tourism Sustainability Commitment.
Tourism’s most prestigious new award, the Regenerative Tourism Award, will recognise a business that has the wellbeing of communities at its heart, is representative of Aotearoa’s culture and values, has an excellent visitor experience at its core and is brought to life by a profitable enterprise that shows a high level of social responsibility.
Tickets to the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2022 dinner are available at www.nztourismawards.org.nz
The full list of finalists is below.
New Zealand Tourism Awards 2022 Finalists
Airbnb Regenerative Tourism Award
Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust Community Engagement Award
Department of Conservation - Conservation Award
Tourism Talent Employer of Choice Award
Tourism New Zealand Industry Collaboration Award
Otago Cycle Trail Collaboration Initiative
He Toa Takitini Māori Tourism Award
Westpac Resilience and Innovation Award
NZME Visitor Experience Award
PATA New Zealand Trust Emerging Tourism Leader Award
Alex Dykman, Maverick Digital
Antz Longman, Tourism Central Otago
Anne Newman, Christchurch Adventure Park
Marsh Tourism Industry Champion Award
John Barrett, Kapiti Island Nature Tours
Dylan Rushbrook, Tourism Central Otago
Nicholas Sautner, The Eden Park Trust
The Sir Jack Newman Award for Outstanding Industry Leader will also be presented on the night.
About the New Zealand Tourism Awards
The New Zealand Tourism Awards 2022 are run by TIA, with Award Partner Air New Zealand. The Awards are sponsored by Airbnb, Department of Conservation, Marsh, New Zealand Māori Tourism, PATA New Zealand Trust, Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust, Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Talent, NZME, Westpac, and supported by The Mighty Waikato and H3.
For more information on the New Zealand Tourism Awards, visit www.nztourismawards.org.nz