Entries open today for the expanded New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards, with new categories recognising the key roles that go into running a great hotel, from the concierge to the general manager.
The new-look awards programme has been scaled up from just three awards to eight individual awards plus an award for a hotel showing real innovation to help neutralise its impact on the environment.
“These are the New Zealand hotel sector’s premier awards. They send a clear signal to smart young New Zealanders that the hotel sector offers many diverse jobs and an exciting career path,” says Sally Attfield, Hotel Sector Manager of the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) which co-hosts the awards with Horwath HTL.
“This is vital given the additional staff who are going to be needed to support the hotel sector’s growth as international visitor arrivals to New Zealand accelerate.”
The hotel sector is a major contributor to New Zealand’s tourism industry, with more visitors staying in hotels than any other commercial accommodation. TIA’s 140 hotel members collectively employ 10,500 staff nationally, and generate annual revenues in excess of $1 billion.
Stephen Hamilton, Director, Horwath HTL, says New Zealand’s hotel sector is enjoying record results and much of that is down to individuals who go the extra mile to deliver an outstanding guest experience which in turn grows profitability.
“These awards celebrate excellence and showcase a sector that is a vital contributor to the wider tourism industry, now the country’s number one export earner with ambitious growth goals to grow annual turnover from the current $30 billion to $41 billion by 2025.
“We are expecting a high number of entries in the awards, given the upbeat mood of many hotels around the country following a fantastic year of business.”
Entry forms and the Awards criteria can be found on the New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference website www.nzhotelconference.com – click on the Awards tab.
Senior Hotel Executive, sponsored by AHS Hospitality
Outstanding Young Hotel Executive, sponsored by ServiceIQ
Administration Employee of the Year
Concierge of the Year
Front Office Services Employee of the Year
Housekeeper Employee of the Year
Revenue Manager of the Year
Sales & Marketing Employee of the Year
Environmental Initiative of the Year
The New Zealand Hotel Industry Awards winners will be announced at a gala dinner at The Langham, Auckland on 2 June 2016, the culmination of the 2016 New Zealand Hotel Industry Conference.
TIA Hotel Sector
TIA’s Hotel Sector represents the interests of almost 140 members throughout New Zealand, including international chain, large independent and privately owned hotels. TIA hotel sector members employ 10,500 staff nationally, with annual revenues of more than $1.05 billion.
Horwath HTL Ltd is part of the global Horwath HTL hotel and tourism consulting group network comprising 45 offices in 38 countries. Horwath HTL is part of Crowe Horwath International, one of the 10 largest global networks of independent accounting and advisory firms with over 560 offices in over 100 countries worldwide.