Tourism celebrates ‘smartest and brightest’

Monday April 23, 2018 Written by Published in Culture
Aunty Lydia Nga (left) and Aunty Nane Papa (right) lead Sir Graham Henry onstage at the glittering Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards, held at the National Auditorium on Friday night. More photos and results, pages 8&9. PHOTO: Creators Hype. 18042204 Aunty Lydia Nga (left) and Aunty Nane Papa (right) lead Sir Graham Henry onstage at the glittering Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards, held at the National Auditorium on Friday night. More photos and results, pages 8&9. PHOTO: Creators Hype. 18042204

The Cook Islands’ smartest and brightest were celebrated on Friday April 20 at the Air New Zealand Cook Islands Tourism Awards, held at the National Auditorium.

The 2018 Tourism Awards recognised those in the tourism industry who have shown business initiative, excellence, and dedication to quality.

Organised by the Cook Islands Tourism Industry Council, the awards are given in three sections: the Special Awards, the Business Category Awards, and the Special Individual Awards. A total of 80 entered the awards.

The two independent New Zealand-based judges, both industry professionals, visited the Cook Islands in February to interview the 27 finalists in Business Category Awards. Awards organising committee chairman, Adrian Hopwood, said all entrants and finalists should be congratulated.

“The winners in all three sections were revealed for the first time, with surprises on the winner’s list rewarding some of the smartest and brightest in the industry,” Hopwood said.

“It is especially good to see emerging businesses on the winners list, explore.com not only won the Marketing Award, the judges also selected them for the ultimate accolade to receive the Air NZ Supreme Award.”

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