Hob­biton fi­nal­ist in NZ awards

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Hob­biton Movie Set and Farm Tours have been named as fi­nal­ists in the 2016 New Zealand Tourism Awards.

The 28 fi­nal­ists will com­pete in two in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gories and eight busi­ness cat­e­gories, says Chris Roberts, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Tourism In­dus­try Aotearoa which runs the an­nual awards pro­gramme.

‘‘New Zealand’s tourism in­dus­try is en­joy­ing ram­pant growth – it’s the coun­try’s most valu­able ex­port in­dus­try and in to­tal gen­er­ates $30 bil­lion in an­nual vis­i­tor spend.

Hob­biton Movie Set and Farm Tours is a fi­nal­ist in the Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards cat­e­gory (an­nual turnover of more than $6mil­lion).

The awards are closely aligned with the in­dus­try’s Tourism 2025 growth frame­work, which aims to in­crease to­tal an­nual tourism rev­enue to $41 bil­lion.

The win­ners will be an­nounced at a black-tie din­ner in Auck­land on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 29. The win­ner of the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award will re­ceive in­ter­na­tional air travel to any Air New Zealand des­ti­na­tion val­ued at $10,000 (+GST).

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