About the Awards

The New Zealand Tourism Awards celebrate individual and business success across our dynamic $36 billion industry.

Brought to you by Tourism Industry Aotearoa in association with key industry partners, the Awards provide a benchmark for excellence. They inspire others, recognise industry alignment and profile those enabling the industry to reach the aspirational goal of $41 billion total tourism revenue in 2025.

For finalists and winners – the Awards can help raise the profile of your operation, enhance staff morale and provide recognition for your achievements from your industry peers.

Why enter?

There are numerous benefits to entering an individual or business award. Here are some of the reasons to enter:

  • Winning an award or being named a finalist can significantly raise the profile of you and your organisation. It promotes the great work you're doing and generates media coverage.
  • Even if you're not a winner, the submission and judging process allows you and your organisation to gain a fresh perspective and insight into your business.
  • The Awards allow you to benchmark your business against other high achievers as well as winning recognition from your industry peers.
  • The Awards allow you to add a new dimension to your marketing efforts and make the most of extensive media coverage.
  • New Zealand Tourism Award winners are frequently invited to speak at conferences, seminars and business events. This raises your organisation's profile which can help attract top talent and capital investment and boost team morale.
  • And if that isn't enough, there's more than $60,000 worth of prizes, including the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award with a prize valued at over $20,000 (includes $10,000 air travel and a full-page advertisement in Kia Ora magazine).

How to enter the Awards

Complete Entry Form

  • Choose the categories you wish to enter
  • Complete the online entry form
  • Then pay the entry fee.

You’ll be emailed a link to start the submission process straight away.

Payment by credit card is required at the time of entry, so please have these details handy when you complete the registration. If you’d like to pay by invoice, please email us to discuss.

 

Complete Submission

Once you’ve registered and paid the entry fee:

  • You’ll be emailed a link to start the submission process straight away. Or you can find the submission page here.
  • Complete the online submission form for the award/s you have entered.
  • The submission form can be saved and returned to at any stage prior to the close date.

Please make sure you review the Criteria and Submission Guidelines for the awards you are entering.

You’ll have until 5.00 pm (NZST) on 12 June to complete your submission. Judging begins soon after, so late entries will not be accepted.

Categories & Criteria

The Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award winner will be selected from the eight business award winners.

The winner of this award will receive a prize valued at over $20,000 (includes $10,000 air travel and a full-page advertisement in Kia Ora magazine).

Individual Awards

The Individual Awards are designed to recognise tourism professionals who demonstrate excellence through their achievement of business outcomes and industry leadership. These Awards recognise tourism professionals at different levels of their career.

Summary of Award

Awarded to an outstanding tourism professional who has been in the tourism industry workforce for less than 10 years (commencing work in a tourism role in or after 2008).

View Criteria and Submission Guidelines

Summary of Award

Awarded to an outstanding tourism professional who has been in the tourism industry workforce for more than 10 years (commenced working in a tourism role before 2008).

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Summary of Award

This prestigious award recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to New Zealand tourism over many years. The award is by nomination only. If you want to nominate an individual, please complete the nomination form.

View Nomination Form

Business Awards

These Awards recognise the outstanding organisations in our industry.

Summary of Award

This award recognises an organisation that is driving value through an outstanding visitor experience. The organisation will need to show how they are driving value by delivering a consistently excellent visitor experience by focusing on the unique culture and character of the experience the organisation offers its visitors. The organisation will be able to show what steps they have taken to improve the end-to-end visitor experience and the outcome.

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Summary of Award

New Zealand’s unique Māori culture is a powerful point of differentiation for the New Zealand tourism industry and a way we can enhance the visitor experience.

The He kai kei aku ringa Māori Tourism Award recognises a commercial tourism business that is delivering an authentic Māori tourism visitor experience, incorporating our core value of manaakitanga and may include (but not limited to) kaitiakitanga into their visitor offering and rangatiratanga within the tourism industry.

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Summary of Award

This award recognises a central or local government agency, research organisation, university or sector organisation that is enabling the tourism industry to achieve the Tourism 2025 $41 billion aspirational goal. Enabler initiatives may include, but aren’t limited to, those that remove barriers to travel, improve the visitor experience, provide valuable new industry insight, facilities or services.

Please note this initiative should not be for commercial gain and may be ongoing.

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Summary of Award

This award recognises excellence in the design and implementation of initiatives to grow and develop the whole of a tourism business and support the Tourism 2025 $41 billion aspirational goal. The award focuses on examples of best practice and innovation, where a business is meeting the needs of their market and continuing to grow and deliver sustainable results.

The ‘less than $6 million’ per annum turnover award recognises that smaller organisations may have limited access to resources and fewer staff.

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Summary of Award

This award recognises excellence in the design and implementation of initiatives to grow and develop the whole of a tourism business and support the Tourism 2025 $41 billion aspirational goal. The award focuses on examples of best practice and innovation, where a business is meeting the needs of their market and continuing to grow and deliver sustainable results.

The ‘more than $6 million’ per annum turnover award recognises organisations that may have more resources accessible to them but may also face greater levels of complexity when implementing initiatives and strategies to grow their business.

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Summary of Award

This award recognises organisations (including businesses, Regional Tourism Organisations, local/central government, education, training etc) that have aligned/partnered to successfully maximise their tourism industry impact and results. This could include a marketing campaign, product development or initiative to achieve Tourism 2025 goals of addressing seasonality, encouraging regional dispersal or improving visitor satisfaction. This category recognises creativity and innovation in organisations working together to achieve demonstrable results.

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Summary of Award

The natural environment is a vital component of the Destination New Zealand brand and a key competitive advantage for New Zealand’s tourism industry. Responsible tourism is about respecting, protecting and benefitting local communities, cultures and the environment. This category recognises an environmentally sustainable tourism business that embraces kaitiakitanga. They successfully minimise their environmental impact, conserve natural resources, respect local cultures and benefit local communities. They are a financially sustainable and growing business.

Kaitiakitanga is a broad notion which includes the following ideas: guardianship, care, wise management – a proactive and preventative approach to environmental management.

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Summary of Award

This award recognises a successful international and/or domestic tourism marketing campaign undertaken by an individual organisation. The campaign can be a single promotional activity or a series of related promotions delivered by ONE organisation. It should demonstrate creativity, innovation and results. It could help achieve Tourism 2025 goals, such as addressing seasonality, encouraging regional dispersal, attracting high-value visitors. The marketing campaign may be ongoing and you must include before and after metrics that show results achieved.

Please note, this category is open to individual businesses and is not for multi company campaigns or Regional Tourism Organisations. Campaigns involving more than one business or a Regional Tourism Organisation should look at entering the Industry Alignment Award.

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Summary of Award

This award gives New Zealanders the opportunity to vote for their favourite tourism experience from our business awards finalists. All eligible finalists are profiled by NZME and the New Zealand Herald and the public votes.

This initiative is part of a partnership between TIA and media company NZME to promote the Awards finalists and winners.

Key Dates

Entries Open

7 MAY 2018

Complete the online entry form, choose the categories you wish to enter and then pay the entry fee. You’ll be emailed a link to start the submission process straight away.

 

 

Submissions Close

12 JUNE 2018

You’ll have until 5.00 pm (NZST) on 12 June to complete your submission. Judging begins soon after, so late entries will not be accepted.

 

 

Dinner Tickets on Sale

28 JUNE 2018

Who will take out the top tourism title? You’ll be able to book your tickets to the Awards Dinner and be there to find out.

 

 

Finalists Announced 

27 JULY 2018

We’ll be ready to share the good news, with finalists being announced for each award.

Awards Dinner

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

Drum roll please!
The New Zealand Tourism Awards culminates in a prestigious black tie dinner at the Air Force Museum, Christchurch. Finalists will be recognised, winners announced and the recipient of the coveted Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award revealed

Terms & Conditions

Award Entry Terms & Conditions

By submitting an entry, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

  • An entry fee of $90 +GST (TIA member) or $150 +GST (non-TIA member) is applicable for each award category you select to enter (excluding the Sir Jack Newman Award) .
  • The entry fee is non-refundable and should be paid by 12 June 2018. Failure to pay the full amount by this date will result in the entry being removed.
  • Entrants must complete an online entry registration, selecting all of the award categories they wish to enter.
  • Payment by credit card is required at the time of entry. If you’d like to pay by invoice, please email us to discuss.
  • If you are applying to enter more than one category, you must complete a separate submission form for each category.
  • With the exception of the Sir Jack Newman Award, you can only enter your own organisation, yourself or an employee.
  • Entry for the Sir Jack Newman Award is by nomination only, which should be emailed to TIA.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Previous Award winners can enter the New Zealand Tourism Awards.
  • Current employees of Tourism Industry Aotearoa cannot enter the awards.
  • Judges cannot enter or be nominated in any category.
  • All finalists and winners agree to media coverage.
  • All entry information is held on a commercial-in-confidence basis. No entry information will be shared or distributed to third parties (with the exception of the judging panel).
  • Entrant’s contact details may be provided to the Awards Sponsors and Tourism Industry Aotearoa Strategic Partners.
  • TIA reserves the right to cancel the awards programme or individual award categories within the programme.
  • The entrant (individual or organisation) confirms that they are not under investigation by any New Zealand or international statutory body (for example Accident Compensation Corporation, New Zealand Police, Health and Disability Commission, Inland Revenue Department, Immigration, WorkSafe NZ or other). If this is to be found untrue, it will result in the entrant being removed from the category listing.
 
Award Dinner Terms & Conditions

By completing a dinner ticket purchase, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.

  • Ticket Purchase – Completing the online ticket purchase implies that you will attend and will pay the ticket fee prior to the commencement of the Awards Dinner.
  • Ticket Purchase Acceptance – Consideration and acceptance of your registration to attend the Event is at the sole discretion of TIA. TIA is under no obligation to provide you with any reasons for their acceptance or rejection of your registration to attend.
  • Ticket Fee – The Ticket Fee is payable by credit card. Payment by invoice is by prior arrangement with TIA only. Invoices are payable in full within 30 days of issue and no later than 15 business days prior to the Event.
  • GST – Participants agree to pay all applicable GST in connection with the event as provided for on the event website, or as otherwise notified by TIA.
  • Other costs – You are responsible for all your costs associated with the Event including, without limitation, travel and accommodation costs. TIA will not be responsible for any costs or disbursements that you incur as a result of your ticket purchase.
  • Cancellation Policy – All cancellations must be made in writing. Cancellation fees apply regardless of whether the ticket fee has been paid. TIA welcomes a substitute attendee if the original attendee is unable to attend the event by notifying TIA prior to the commencement of the event. A full refund of the ticket fee will be made if a cancellation is received in writing no later than NZT 5pm 26 July 2018. A 50% refund of the ticket fee will be made if a cancellation is received in writing after NZT 5pm 26 July 2018 and before NZT 5pm 16 August 2018. No full or part refund will be payable where a cancellation is made after NZT 5pm 16 August 2018.
  • Event Changes or Cancellation – TIA reserves the right to make alterations, reschedule or cancel events where circumstances are beyond its control. In the unlikely event of an event being cancelled by TIA, a full refund will be made. Liability will be limited to the amount of the fee paid by the delegate. In the event of it being found necessary, for whatever reason, that the event is being postponed or the dates being changed, the organisers shall not be liable for any expenditure, damage or loss incurred by the delegate. If by re-arrangement or postponement the event can take place, the booking between the delegate and the organisers shall remain in force and will be subject to the TIA cancellation schedule.
  • Health & Safety – Attendees will adhere to all fire, health and safety regulations which affect the Event. All events are smoke-free events.
  • Special Dietary/Physical Requirements – Will only be catered for if requested one week prior to the eventPlease indicate any special requirements by emailing awards@tia.org.nz with your specifications.
  • Image Release – In registering for TIA events, delegates grant permission to TIA, its agents and others working under its authority, to take and to have full and free use of video/photographs containing their image/likeness. It is understood these images may be used for promotional, news, on-line/multimedia, research and/or educational purposes by and for TIA. Delegates agree that they are not entitled to remuneration, residuals, royalties or any other payment from TIA in respect of their image/likeness or its use. Delegates release, discharge, and hold harmless, TIA and its agents from any and all claims, demands or causes of actions that they may hereafter have by reason of anything contained in the photographs or video. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise TIA by contacting awards@tia.org.nz.
  • Promotional material – It is not permitted for delegates to distribute or display promotional materials at the Event without prior consent from TIA.
  • Compliance with law – You will ensure that you, and each of your employees, contractors and representatives, comply with all applicable New Zealand law at all times during your participation in the Event.
  • Governing law – These terms and conditions shall be governed by New Zealand law and the courts of New Zealand shall have non-exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine all issues which may arise under or in connection with these terms and conditions.
  • Privacy – TIA may collect personal information from you (such as your name, home/business address and email) for the purpose of facilitating your participation in the Event, and for event management. It may be provided to other event related organisations or entities (such as other event participants, event sponsors/partners and event contractors) for the purpose of event management or TIA may use it to contact you in the future for purposes relating to the Event. If you wish to opt out of your information being shared with event sponsors then you must advise us by email.
  • Insurance – It is the responsibility of the delegate to arrange appropriate insurance cover in connection with their attendance at TIA events. TIA cannot be held liable for any loss, liability or damage to personal property.
 

If you have any questions about these Terms & Conditions, please contact us at awards@tia.org.nz