Queenstown receptionists put through their paces

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If you’re looking for the best reception in Queenstown, go to Hotel St Moritz.

Hotel St Moritz receptionist Daria Felde, 21, today (Friday) won the southern region of the annual New Zealand Hotel Receptionist of the Year awards, organised by the Association of Rooms Division Executives of New Zealand.

The runner-up was Fanny Castro, 25, from Novotel Queenstown Lakeside.

Felde and Castro will go onto the national finals in Christchurch on September 23, with the winner of that contest going onto the world finals in Prague, Czech Republic, in January.

The southern regional contest, now in its third year, attracted a record eight contestants – other entrants came from Sofitel, BreakFree The Waterfront, Peppers Beacon and Crowne Plaza.

Contestants were put through their paces by four judges, who tested their responses to simulated incidents they might face at a hotel reception desk.

Today’s contest was staged at Novotel.