Eco Retreat wins most coveted holiday park award

The Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat has been award a top industry award for its sustainable business...
The Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat has been award a top industry award for its sustainable business model and customer service focus. PHOTO: SIMON DEVITT
Camp Glenorchy Eco Retreat has won the holiday park sector’s most coveted award.

At a function in Marlborough last week, Camp Glenorchy was named the winner of the ReviewPro Spirit of Hospitality Award, chosen on the quality and quantity of its reviews by Global Review Index software, which built a general online reputational score of every member park.

Holiday Parks New Zealand chief executive Fergus Brown said Camp Glenorchy was a "great example" of a sustainable business, which also provided "top-notch customer service in a relatively remote environment."

Camp Glenorchy, the brainchild of United States philanthropists Debbi and Paul Brainerd, officially opened in March, 2018.

It aims to become New Zealand’s first net zero energy use camping ground and is the southern hemisphere’s most sustainable.

All profits from it will go to the Glenorchy Community Trust, to support initiatives which enhance the liveability and vibrancy of the town.

The Best New Build Award over $100,000 went to The Camp Lake Hawea for its creation of multiple energy-efficient geodesic domes designed for glamping and events, while the Kingston Top 10 Holiday Park was highly commended in that category and the Riverton Holiday Park won the Turf Holiday Park Grounds Award.

The Best Visitor Experience Individual Award was won by Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park’s Magda Stasiewicz. Timaru Top 10 Holiday Park’s Alison and Gordon Collister won the Outstanding Service to the Holiday Park Industry Award.

Mr Brown called the couple "go-to people who are always generous with their time and willing to share their intelligent and thoughtful views to support others."

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