The Rees Hotel in Queenstown has been presented with the 'Allied Operator of the Year Award' by the New Zealand Tourism Export Council.
The award was presented at a national gathering of the tourism industry attended by Minister of Tourism Kelvin Davis. The theme of Tiaki - Care for New Zealand was put front and centre, with The Rees Hotel achieving recognition for its consistent implementation of 'Tiaki' values.
"Being recognised by our peers is the ultimate, as they are the ones that provide the best terms of reference," said Mark Rose, chief executive of the Rees Hotel. "This award is a testament to our culture, our convictions, and the commitment of our team who have put so much effort in over the last eleven years."
Initiatives at The Rees include Islamic prayer mats in rooms, culturally diverse breakfast and Halal food items on request, dedicated fundraising campaigns for collective community causes, ethical sourcing of food supplies, and Te reo Māori being used throughout its operations in both spoken and written form.
Judy Chen, chief executive of the New Zealand Tourism Export Council, praised the integrity and innovation of the hotel. "The Rees is an extraordinary exemplar that has embraced the Tiaki pillars of manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, tiaki, and whānau," she said. "Chief executive Mark Rose can justifiably be proud of the unique and luxurious offering to New Zealanders and international guests."