Travel In­dus­try Awards

Travel Di­gest has much plea­sure in an­nounc­ing the win­ners of the Travel Di­gest TRAVEL IN­DUS­TRY AWARDS 2014, nom­i­nated by read­ers of New Zealand’s lead­ing travel in­dus­try mag­a­zine.

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The awards ac­knowl­edge and rec­og­nize ex­cel­lence in the travel and tourism in­dus­try. Now cel­e­brat­ing its SEV­ENTH an­niver­sary, the awards are widely re­garded as the high­est achieve­ment for a New Zealand travel company and / or in­di­vid­ual. Votes for the awards were cast by travel and tourism pro­fes­sion­als from travel com­pa­nies, travel col­leges, travel agen­cies, tour and hos­pi­tal­ity op­er­a­tors and tourism com­pa­nies through­out New Zealand. Travel Di­gest pub­lisher Lor­raine Thom­son says award win­ners this year have en­joyed the up­ward trend­ing for out­bound and do­mes­tic travel and have qui­etly made the most of the bullish mar­ket con­di­tions. Some have been align­ing them­selves in business part­ner­ships, while oth­ers have been clos­ing un­eco­nomic di­vi­sions. “The awards are a recog­ni­tion and tes­ta­ment to ris­ing above ad­ver­sity, mar­ket­ing in­vest­ment, pro­fes­sional ser­vice, pos­i­tiv­ity, lever­ag­ing tech­nol­ogy ini­tia­tives and un­di­vided at­ten­tion to de­tail.”

AIR­LINE OF THE YEAR

Sin­ga­pore Air­lines

A big year for Sin­ga­pore Air­lines in New Zealand, with the ar­rival of the world’s largest air­craft, the Air­bus A380 – the first air­line to pro­vide a long haul ser­vice out of Auck­land on the su­per- jumbo. “In­tro­duc­ing the A380 as part of our al­liance with Air New Zealand will con­trib­ute to a boost in ca­pac­ity on the Sin­ga­pore to Auck­land route by up to 30 per cent year round over time,” said Sin­ga­pore Air­lines New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Ed­win Chi­ang. “I am de­lighted that those trav­el­ling to and from Auck­land can now en­joy the more spa­cious and com­fort­able travel ex­pe­ri­ence that only the A380 can pro­vide.”

LEAD­ING HO­TEL / RE­SORT GROUP

Sof­i­tel

Sof­i­tel Lux­ury Ho­tels cel­e­brated its mile­stone 50th an­niver­sary this year, with flag­ship ho­tels open­ing in Asia Pa­cific – the Sof­i­tel So Sin­ga­pore ( with de­sign in­flu­ences by Karl Lager­feld) and the Sof­i­tel Bali Nusa Dua. Sof­i­tel area gen­eral man­ager NZ, Wouter de Graaf, said it was an hon­our for the brand to win the reader awards. “Sof­i­tel Lux­ury Ho­tels has this year been cel­e­brat­ing our most mag­nifique year of our his­tory yet. In New Zealand Sof­i­tel con­tin­ues to go from strength to strength. We have al­ways been a world- class des­ti­na­tion, but for the first time now truly ready to re­alise its true tourism po­ten­tial, with con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in cre­ative projects like the Sof­i­tel So Auck­land and the Sof­i­tel Wellington com­ing on board in 2015.”

TRAVEL AGENT OF THE YEAR

Max­ine Whit­ing

House of Travel Ash­bur­ton owner / op­er­a­tor Max­ine Whit­ing has been driv­ing in­creased de­mand for more in­trepid travel to Viet­nam, Cam­bo­dia and In­dia and the hard work has paid off – the store was named the top per­form­ing House of Travel medium out­let last year. To ac­com­mo­date the in­creas­ing num­ber of store vis­i­tors and their need for in­for­ma­tion and in­spi­ra­tion, Max­ine has been car­ry­ing out an ex­ten­sive re­fit of the Can­ter­bury store. The re­fit has helped to cre­ate an in­spir­ing en­vi­ron­ment for cus­tomers and has also rejuvenated the store in the midst of sub­stan­tial re­build­ing through­out Ash­bur­ton as a re­sult of earth­quake dam­age.

LEAD­ING TRAVEL TRAIN­ING IN­STI­TU­TION

Sir George Seymour

Sir George Seymour has again been given the high­est rat­ing of Cat­e­gory One sta­tus by NZQA. Job fairs held through­out New Zealand this year saw over 250 in­ter­views tak­ing place be­tween in­dus­try and grad­u­ates. “Our new Diploma pro­gramme now in­cludes a six- month in­tern­ship with Walt Dis­ney World and lead­ing New Zealand travel and tourism com­pa­nies,” said par­ent company Avi­a­tion and Travel Train­ing Group chief ex­ec­u­tive Ni­cole Domett. “I ap­pre­ci­ate the con­tin­ued support of the travel in­dus­try in of­fer­ing our grad­u­ates em­ploy­ment and for the high level of in­volve­ment in at­tend­ing our job fairs.”

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL AIR­PORT OF THE YEAR Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port

Early this the year the air­port an­nounced a 30- year vi­sion for the air­port of the fu­ture, fol­lowed by ground works to ex­tend the in­ter­na­tional bag­gage hall, mark­ing the first phase of a new com­bined do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ter­mi­nal. “We have also seen sev­eral new re­tail, food and bev­er­age stores in­tro­duced to the in­ter­na­tional duty free area, as well as start­ing con­struc­tion to ex­tend the ibis bud­get ho­tel,” said Auck­land Air­port chief ex­ec­u­tive Adrian Lit­tle­wood. “All of this whilst see­ing new ser­vices and in­creased

Wouter de Graaf Area gen­eral man­ager NZ Sof­i­tel Lux­ury Ho­tels

Ni­cole Domett Chief ex­ec­u­tive Avi­a­tion and Travel Train­ing Group

Ed­win Chi­ang New Zealand gen­eral man­ager Sin­ga­pore Air­lines

Adrian Lit­tle­wood Chief ex­ec­u­tive Auck­land Air­port

Max­ine Whit­ing Owner op­er­a­tor House of Travel Ash­bur­ton

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