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Entries open for Hospitality Awards for Excellence

Entries are now open for the Hospitality Awards for Excellence, which recognise the best businesses and people across the food & beverage and accommodation sectors in New Zealand.

Now in its 24th year, this is the first time in three years the awards have been held in person due to COVID restrictions.

This year the awards celebrate the leaders who got the industry through the past two years with four people awards: Leader of the Year in Hospitality, Leader of the Year in Accommodation, Future Leader of the Year, and Chef of the Year.

There will also be an induction into the Hospitality Hall of Fame.

“These awards are the pinnacle of our industry, and give everyone in it a chance to recognise and reward members who strove throughout the past year to create the highest possible standards and experiences for both their guests and their team,” says Hospitality New Zealand Chief Executive, Julie White.

“Being able to do this in person for the first time in three years to celebrate the businesses that have made it through COVID is something the industry needs to be able to do.

“I think we thought the first year or so was going to be the hardest part of the pandemic, but the latter part of last year and into this year have proven particularly difficult for our businesses and families, so this year’s awards are particularly relevant.

“Every hospitality business and every worker out there deserves a medal for the guts and perseverance they’ve shown through probably the toughest period the industry has ever been through.”

The liquor hospo awards include:

Leader of the Year – Hospitality,
Future Leader of the Year
Best Bar/Pub
Best Brand Experience
Best Destination Venue
Best Local
Best Environmental/Sustainable Business
Best New/Redeveloped Food & Beverage Business
Best Live Entertainment Venue
Excellence in Marketing
Excellence in People & Culture

Up to five finalists will be named in each category businesses may enter multiple categories.

Applications for the awards close on 20 May with the gala dinner in Auckland on 27 July.

For further information on the awards, and to enter, click here.

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