Operator of the Year Award
Each year, the Tourism Export Council presents its “Operator of the Year” Award to an outstanding tourism operation (allied) and inbound tour operator (full). This is a prestigious and much-sought after award which recognises excellence and an outstanding visitor experience. Allied members nominate an inbound operator and full members nominate a supplier members as delivering world class service from its administration processes to front end delivery. The “Operators of the Year” are presented with a trophy at the annual Tourism Conference acknowledged by their industry peers. Congratulations to this year’s and all past winners!
Operator of the Year 2013 Winners
Pacific Destinationz – Inbound Tour Operator of the Year (Full Member)
For the second year running, allied members of the Tourism Export Council have voted Pacific Destinationz their number one inbound tour operator. As a finalist for the past four consecutive years, the team at Pacific Destinationz are truly honoured and humble in accepting the award for the second time. The trade of Inbound Tourism is still alive and well and the team at Pacific Destinationz thrives in creating memorable New Zealand experiences for each and every one of their guests that visit our shores.
Pacific Destinationz Limited is a wholly New Zealand owned company operating as a wholesale inbound tour company in New Zealand and Fiji. Relationships and partnership with New Zealand product suppliers are critical to any successful operation. Pacific Destinationz highly values these relationships and fully realises that without their support we would be unable to achieve standards of excellence. Pacific Destinationz continues to offer a full range of product to developing markets such as Southern Europe and South America and following recent acquisitions is fast establishing themselves in other traditional markets. With a stable committed team with multiple language skills, the company fully realises this award is true recognition of the outstanding work of the “PD family”.
Real Journeys – Tour Operator of the Year (Allied Member)
Real Journeys Sales and Marketing Director Ryan Ingram says the Real Journeys is committed to the continued growth of its key visitor segments and working with inbound partners is a huge part of this.
“Thank you to our inbound partners and TEC for recognising Real Journeys as the Allied Operator of the Year – we are looking forward to working together in which should be a very exciting year,” says Ingram.
View the process and dates for Information for Allied member
View the process and dates for Information for Full member
Download a nomination form for the Allied Operator of Year Nomination form
Download a nomination form for the Full Inbound Tour Operator of Year nomination form
Past Winners of the Tourism Export Council/ITOC Operator of the Year Award
|2013||Real Journeys – Tour Operator of the Year|
|2013||Pacific Destination – Inbound Tour Operator of the Year (2nd year)|
|2012||Pacific Destinationz – Inbound Tour Operator of the Year|
|2012||Scenic Hotel Group – Operator of the Year|
|2011||Southern Discoveries – Operator of the Year|
|2011||AOT New Zealand – Inbound Operator of the Year|
|2010||Pan Pacific Travel – Inbound Operator of the Year|
|2010||InterCity Group – Operator of the Year|
|2009||Distinction Luxmore Hotel Te Anau|
|2005||The Kauri Museum|
|2003||Fullers Bay of Islands|
|2002||Hawke’s Bay Tourism|
|2001||Air New Zealand|
|2000||Alpine Guides Fox Glacier|
|1999||Polynesian Spa Rotorua|
|1998||Heritage Gateway Hotel Omarama, Mount Cook|
|1997||Larnach Castle, Dunedin|
|1996||Paradise Valley Springs, Rotorua|
|1995||Shotover Jet Ltd, Queenstown|
|1994||Agrodome Leisure Park, Rotorua|
|1993||Air New Zealand International|
|1992||Routeburn Walk Ltd, Queenstown|
|1991||Ansett New Zealand|
|1989||The Christchurch Parkroyal Hotel|
|1988||Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, Auckland|
|1987||Department of Conservation
As the Guardian of the New Zealand National Parks System to mark the National Parks Centennial.
|1986||Skyline Skyrides, Rotorua|
|1985||The Charter Cruise Company, Auckland|
|1984||Air Safaris & Services (NZ) Ltd, Lake Tekapo|
|1983||Rainbow Springs, Rotorua|
|1982||Mount Cook Line – Coronet Cresta Run, Queenstown|