Winners of Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards revealed

Qualmark has awarded seven operators at the inaugural Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards.

Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis presented the awards at Parliament, recognising tourism operators who demonstrate ‘excellence in sustainable visitor experiences’.

“The 2019 Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Award recipients are some of New Zealand’s top visitor experiences, living and breathing sustainability and ensuring their communities reap the benefits of their success,” said Gregg Anderson, general manager, Qualmark.

The list of recipients of the Qualmark 100% Pure Experience Award is as follows:
• Camp Glenorchy – Eco Retreat (Central Otago)
• Franz Josef Glacier Guides – Glacier Heli Hike (West Coast)
• Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa (Canterbury)
• Kaitiaki Adventures – Raft the Kaituna (Bay of Plenty)
• Real Journeys – Doubtful Sound Overnight Cruise (Fiordland)
• Redwoods Treewalk – Redwoods Treewalk and Nightlights Experience (Bay of Plenty)
• Rotorua Canopy Tours – The Original Canopy Tour (Bay of Plenty)

“These operators adopted a blend of conventional and traditional practices to support long-term environmental, financial and community sustainability,” said Anderson.

This year’s judges were Dame Kerry Prendergast (Former Chair of Tourism New Zealand), Stephen England-Hall (Tourism New Zealand chief executive), Sue Parcell (Tourism New Zealand chief financial officer), Lisa Daniell (Air New Zealand head of sustainability), and Dr. Susanne Becken (Director of the Griffith Institute for Tourism).