Explore NZ wins two awards at the 2011 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards
Published on November 01, 2011 from Explore NZ
Explore NZ is delighted to have won two awards at the 2011 Westpac Northland Business Excellence Awards held in Whangarei last Friday 28th October.
The awards won were the ‘Destination Northland Excellence in Tourism Award’ and the ‘Northland Regional Council Sustainable Business Award’
The awards saw more than 45 finalists competing across 11 business categories.Explore NZ entered its Northland based companies; Dolphin Discoveries, Sail NZ - Lion New Zealand, Otehei Bay Resort and Dune Rider.
Judges comments included “Explore NZ was able to demonstrate for the Judges a business model that approached barriers to business as opportunities. The use of cooperation and innovative – outside the square solutions had improved revenue stream opportunities, and the continued review of these opportunities is positioning the business strongly into the future.”
“Explore NZ have lead the way in sustainability within the tourism sector. The business demonstrated to the judges that Explore NZ has taken the lead role in this category. They have taken sustainability to another level. Throughout the judging process they have demonstrated business is being built on a long term sustainable platform Explore NZ work very closely with their local community and local authorities to ensure they can continue to remain sustainable in the future. They are involved in conservation projects and work alongside community and conservation board.
The Judges felt that Explore NZ is able to tell a sustainable northland story to the rest of the world.” Award Sponsor - Destination Northland’s CEO Brian Roberts extends “Congratulations Explore NZ on winning this major award which is a strong recognition of the increased investment the
company has made into Northland over the last 2 years both in terms of new equipment, leading sustainable business practices and their people." Chief Executive Officer, Kit Nixon adds “Recognition amongst our business peers is an excellent benchmark of how the operation in the Bay of Islands is accepted locally and in the international markets. It is also credit to the wonderful staff / crew we have and how they are dedicated to operating the company service standards in a first class, sustainable manner”.Applicants for the awards are assessed under the same rigorous conditions and are evaluated in a similar manner to the prestigious US Malcolm Baldrige Award, which is internationally recognised and respected.