Queenstown tourism firms win gongs


Two Queenstown tourism businesses are the cream of the national crop.

Last night Ziptrek Ecotours and Coronet Peak Ski Area tooks gongs at the annual Tourism Industry Awards in Auckland, attended by more than 300 people.

Ziptrek snaffled the environmental tourism award and Coronet Peak (pictured above), owned by NZSki, won the visitor experience award.

Skyline Rotorua won the supreme award, as well as the business excellence award for annual business turnover over $6 million.

Tourism Industry Association chief executive Chris Roberts says the new-look awards attracted more than 100 entries, a reflection of a ‘‘buoyant industry’’ that pumps more than $65 million daily into New Zealand’s economy.

‘‘We had entries from organisations of all sizes and sectors across our diverse industry and it’s fantastic to see winners from regions across the nation, including Queenstown.’’

The industry’s most prestigious individual award, the Sir Jack Newman Award for outstanding industry leader, was presented to Sir Peter Jackson.

Judges described him as ‘‘New Zealand’s No. 1 marketer’’. 

The awards programme is managed by the association, with partners Air New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

Otago Daily Times