The 2018 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards

The 7th annual Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Awards were held on Wednesday 5 September at Black Barn Vineyards.

The awards are organised in partnership with Hawke’s Bay Tourism and the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Association (HBTIA). 

The Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards recognise the best tourism businesses and experiences in Hawke’s Bay. This is your chance as a tourism business to put yourself out there, to be judged by some seriously smart people and potentially be recognised for your efforts amongst your tourism colleagues.

AWARD CATEGORIES & SPONSORS

Supreme Award – sponsored by EIT Hawke’s Bay
Accommodation Award sponsored by Central Linen Service
Visitor Experience Award sponsored by Hastings District Council
Essence of Hawke’s Bay Award sponsored by Napier City Council
Culture and Heritage Award sponsored by Wairoa District Council

Our finalists have been announced and judging has been completed. We wish to congratulate all our finalists!

The 2018 top honours went to: 

2018 Supreme Award Winner: Black Barn Vineyards
Sponsored by EIT

2018 Accommodation Award Winner (small): Craggy Range
Sponsored by Central Linen Service

2018 Accommodation Award Winner (large): Black Barn Retreats
Sponsored by Central Linen Services

2018 Visitor Experience Award Winner (small):  Prinsy’s Tours
Sponsored by Hastings District Council

2018 Visitor Experience Award Winner (large):  Church Road Winery
Sponsored by Hastings District Council

2018 Culture & Heritage Award Winner: Napier Maori Tours
Sponsored by Wairoa District Council

2018 Essence of Hawke’s Bay Award Winner: Black Barn Vineyards
Sponsored by Napier City Council

Additional Awards

Ambassador for Tourism in Hawke’s Bay: Katie Nimon of Nimon Luxury Passenger Transport

Rising Star Award: Juliet Harbutt of Hunter Gatherer Tours

OUR JUDGES
Wayne Walford, CEO Chamber of Commerce in Hawke’s Bay,
Jody Hamilton, Director of JMP Consulting and lead Facilitator of LIFT Social Enterprise,
Jenny Robertson, formerly of E.I.T. School of Tourism
Tom Belford, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

Award Information:

There are two parts to the Awards entry process – the written component and (if you make it through to the next round) – a one-on–one visit by members of the judging team to see and experience your business. The written component is worth 30% of your overall score and the visit to your business 70%.

Award categories 2018

  • Accommodation Award– this category showcases the best places to stay in the region. Depending on the entries this category may be split into large and small.
  • Visitor Experience Award –  Any activity or attraction provider can enter this category. You will need to describe the experience you deliver to your customers and how you measure its success. *Depending on the number of entries, this category may be split between small businesses (less than 5 full time staff) and large businesses (greater than 5 full time staff).
  • Culture and Heritage Award– this is a new category and is about recognising businesses that showcase the regions culture and its heritage.  You will need to explain how you do this and why.
  • Essence of Hawke’s Bay Award– Do you think you deliver the essence of Hawke’s Bay? How do you showcase Hawke’s Bay, what do you think makes what you do quintessentially Hawke’s Bay. This is open to restaurants, wineries, tourism providers, tour guides, and events.

Winners in each category will be judged for the Supreme Award.

They will be looking for you to be concise and clear in your answers, to show why and how you have chosen to do what you do and importantly to show the results of what you have done and the learnings you have taken from those results to continuously improve and grow your business.

The Awards are open to all tourism operators in the Hawke’s Bay Tourism Partner Program.

Why Enter?

Celebrating your successes within the tourism sector goes beyond our own industry. Upon receiving your Award your organisations profile will increase as an example of excellence in New Zealand Tourism.

Takaro Trails won the 2016 Supreme award, here is what Jenny Ryan had to say about the awards.

“One of the key benefits of the Tourism Awards comes from simply entering. It provides a reason to pause and reflect and really take stock of where your business is at, what’s worked, what hasn’t, where from here etc. As busy people we can run the risk of getting caught up in operational issues and just lurch from one season to the next with no real plan for the future. Not good. So I really enjoy having the judges come into my business with fresh eyes and advice as we can get too close at times and start missing the obvious. To get the perspective and guidance from experienced people for FREE is an opportunity any business owner or manager would be mad not to exploit! Winning the Supreme Award was of course a huge personal thrill for me and a real bonus for Takaro Trails in terms of reputation and exposure, but I’m sincere when I say there’s a ‘win’ for everyone who makes the effort to enter, so just get to it!”

 

The 2017 Hawke’s Bay Tourism Awards

The 6th annual Hawke’s Bay Tourism Industry Awards were held on August 24th at the Napier Conference Centre.

 The 2017 results: 

2017 Supreme Award Winner: Clearview Estate Winery and Restaurant
Sponsored by EIT

2017 People’s Choice Award Winner: Kennedy Park Resort
Sponsored by The Hits Radio Station

2017 Small Accommodation Award Winner: Millar Road
Sponsored by Central Linen Services
2017 Large Accommodation Award Winner: Kennedy Park Resort
Sponsored by Central Linen Services

2017 Visitor Experience Award Winner (small):  Prinsy’s
Sponsored by Hastings District Council

2017 Visitor Experience Award Winner (large):  Craggy Range Winery
Sponsored by Hastings District Council

2017 Innovation Award Winner: Art Deco Trust
Sponsored by Napier City Council

2017 Essence of Hawke’s Bay Award Winner: Clearview Estate Winery and Restaurant
Sponsored by Indelible Film & Video Marketing
Additional Awards

Ambassador for Tourism in Hawke’s Bay: Pipi

Rising Star Award: Mel Campbell of Red Bridge Coffee

Our Sponsors in 2017

 

 

The 2016 results: 

2016 Supreme Award Winner: Takaro Trails
Sponsored by EIT

2016 People’s Choice Award Winner: Bay Tours and Charters
Sponsored by The Hits Radio Station

2016 Small Accommodation Winner: Greenhill Lodge
Sponsored by Central Linen Services

2016 Large Accommodation Winner: Navigate Seaside Hotel and Apartments
Sponsored by Central Linen Services

2016 Activity and Attraction Winner:  Bay Tours and Charters
Sponsored by Hastings District Council

2016 Small Business Award Winner: Takaro Trails
Sponsored by Napier City Council

Additional Awards

Ambassador for Tourism in Hawke’s Bay: Di Ross of Cottages on St Andrews

Rising Star Award: Rebecca Tacon of Planit Events

Services to Tourism: Neil Fergus

 

The 2015 results: 

2015 Supreme Award Winner: Nimon & Sons Sponsored by EIT

2015 Accommodation Winner: Cobden Garden Homestay  Sponsored by Central Linen Service

2015 Activity and Attraction Winner: Nimon & Sons Sponsored by Hastings District Council

A highly commended certificate was presented to Takaro Trails for this category.

2015 Small Business Award Winner: Hawke’s Bay Express Sponsored by Napier City Council

2015 People’s Choice Award Winner: Kennedy Park Resort Napier Sponsored by The Hits Radio Station