Hospitality New Zealand has announced the 2021 Hospitality Awards for Excellence will go ahead this year as long as Auckland is in Alert Level 1.

The black-tie event will now be held on 23 November at Auckland Museum.

The awards, which were not held last year because of the pandemic, celebrate the success, achievements and, especially in this year post-COVID, the resilience of the hospitality and accommodation sector.

They were originally set to be part of the New Zealand Hospitality Summit in September, but this has been postponed till next year due to uncertainties surrounding the community outbreak of the COVID-19 Delta variant in Auckland.

A record number of entries were received from venues across the industry for this year’s event which is the first year the awards have been opened to the whole industry and not just members of Hospitality New Zealand.

“We very badly wanted to recognise and reward members who strove throughout COVID to create the highest possible standards and experiences for their guests and their teams, and that was made easier logistically because the awards could be held on one evening,” says CEO Julie White.

“Hospitality and accommodation businesses and their employees have been through hell over the past 18 months – and they’re still suffering – and that’s what’s been driving us.

“Every owner, operator, and employee deserves an award on 23 November for the resilience and perseverance they’ve shown through probably the toughest period the industry has ever been through.

“It’s inspiring to see them all still looking to be the best and to meet customers’ needs after all they’ve been through.”

Finalists for the awards can be found here.

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