Queenstown and Te Anau accommodation providers have been
nominated for this year's Hotel and Accommodation Management
awards, to be judged next month.
The Rees Hotel has gained three nominations and the Hilton
two, while Millbrook Resort and Fiordland Lodge have also
gained nominations in some categories.
The awards are now in their 10th year and attracted a record
2300 entries across 41 categories from Australia, New Zealand
and the South Pacific.
The Rees Hotel and the Hilton both received nominations for
the New Zealand hotel of the year award, while the Hilton and
Arrowtown's Millbrook will go head to head in the bid for the
New Zealand regional property award.
The Southern Lakes region was heavily represented in the
lodge category, Glenorchy's Blanket Bay, Te Anau's Fiordland
Lodge and Queenstown's Matakauri Lodge all gaining
Fiordland Lodge also received a service to the community
nomination and one for the environmental programme award.
Individual award nominations were for Tanya Dennis, of
Sofitel Queenstown, and Andy Cunningham, of Fiordland Lodge.
The Rees Hotel chief executive Mark Rose and executive chef
Ben Batterbury have reached the final cut for the best New
Zealand general manager award and the best hotel chef award
All qualifying candidates were required to submit a written
entry and underwent a selection process conducted by 50
industry leaders, travel writers, experts and key clients.
Mr Rose praised his team for their consistent efforts and put
his own nomination down to a "collective and outstanding
effort by those around him".
"It's very satisfying for the hotel to be recognised by its
peers for the second year in a row."
The Rees has been nominated for two out of the three years it
has been open.