Entries are open for the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2022!

09 June 2022
Development West Coast
Entries are open for the New Zealand Tourism Awards 2022, showcasing and celebrating the tourism industry’s individual and business successes!

Three awards for individuals are open to outstanding performers in the industry, and nine awards will recognise business excellence, industry alignment and organisations that are living the values of the Tourism Sustainability Commitment (TSC).

New for 2022, the Regenerative Tourism Award will celebrate a well-rounded, high-performing tourism business that is working towards all commitments of the TSC. Tourism’s most prestigious new award will set your business apart from the crowd.
Winners will be announced at the New Zealand Tourism Awards dinner on 10 November in Hamilton, following Tourism Summit Aotearoa.

Why enter the New Zealand Tourism Awards?

INSPIRE: Be uniquely positioned to inspire industry peers along the path towards a truly regenerative visitor industry.

ACCESS: Gain access to industry opportunities, raise your organisation’s profile and attract top talent and capital investment.

INFLUENCE: Join a select group of award recipients whose stories have directly shaped and influenced the New Zealand tourism story that is shared and enjoyed by Kiwis across the country.

PROMOTE: Promote the fantastic work you are doing. Generate media coverage, add a new dimension to your marketing efforts and boost team morale.

Categories and criteria

Awards are open in the following categories and will close at 5pm on Thursday 14 July. Full criteria can be found on our New Zealand Tourism Awards website. Once you’ve decided which Awards to enter, complete the entry form on the website and you’ll be sent a link to the relevant submission forms.

Regenerative Tourism Award (NEW)
Tourism’s most prestigious new award, the Regenerative Tourism Award recognises a tourism business that has the wellbeing of communities at its heart, is representative of our culture and values, has an excellent visitor experience at its core and is brought to life by a profitable enterprise that shows a high level of responsibility.

Community Engagement Award
The Community Engagement Award recognises a business that is a leader in engaging and supporting vibrant communities.

Employer of Choice Award
The Employer of Choice Award recognises a tourism business that has risen to workforce challenges, maintaining a positive and high performing workplace, with industry-leading practices and innovations to retain and recruit staff.

Conservation Award
The Conservation Award recognises an environmentally sustainable tourism business that embraces kaitiakitanga  (guardianship) and protection of our natural, built and cultural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.

Environment Award
The Environment Award recognises an environmentally sustainable tourism business that actively supports and champions environmental initiatives that reduce carbon emissions, minimise waste, and generally contribute to enhancing New Zealand’s environment.

Industry Collaboration Award
The Industry Collaboration Award recognises a Regional Tourism Organisation, Economic Development Agency, central or local government agency, research organisation, education provider, sector association, industry business, or group of two or more businesses that have aligned/partnered to successfully maximise their tourism industry impact and results.

Māori Tourism Award
The Māori Tourism Award recognises a commercial tourism business that is delivering an authentic Māori tourism visitor experience or product, incorporating the core values of manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga and whanaungatanga into its business and its visitor offering, and demonstrating rangatiratanga within the tourism industry.
Sponsored by NZ Māori Tourism

Resilience and Innovation Award
The Resilience and Innovation Award recognises a tourism business that exemplifies innovative and creative problem-solving alongside operational business excellence.

Visitor Experience Award
The Visitor Experience Award recognises a tourism business that is meeting and exceeding the expectations of visitors.

The following categories are open to individuals:

Tourism Industry Champion Award
The Tourism Champion Award recognises an outstanding tourism professional who has been in the tourism industry for more than 10 years.

Emerging Tourism Leader Award
The Emerging Tourism Leader Award recognises an outstanding tourism professional who has been in the tourism industry for less than 10 years.
Sponsored by PATA New Zealand Trust

Sir Jack Newman Award

The Sir Jack Newman Award is the New Zealand tourism industry’s most prestigious individual award. This award recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to New Zealand tourism over many years.