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Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence changed to virtual event

The 2021 Lion Hospitality Awards for Excellence event will now be held online on 23 November due to restrictions caused by COVID Alert Levels.

The awards, which are hosted by Hospitality New Zealand, recognise businesses and individuals in 17 categories across the accommodation and food and beverage sectors for their work and commitment to excellence in their field.

They were due to be held in Auckland as part of the Hospitality Summit, which has been postponed to a date to be decided next year. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic.

The awards will be live-streamed from a cocktail event in Wellington to a number of other venues around the country.

CEO Julie White says Hospitality New Zealand is very disappointed the awards could not be held in person after such a tough 18 months for the industry.

“We really wanted everyone to get together to celebrate and congratulate our winners in the best way possible for their work during the pandemic, and it’s a real shame we can’t do that because face-to-face is what hospitality is all about,” she says.

Julie White

“Although the situation is not ideal having smaller local events will still bring people together under one roof to celebrate on a local level.

“This is next best and the main thing is we will still be able to honour the winners on a national stage. They deserve that.

“We’ve been working hard to make this online event as good as it can be because we didn’t want to lose the opportunity to celebrate what the industry has to offer.”

Finalists are on the Hospitality New Zealand website at

Links to the awards ceremony will be communicated closer to the date.

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