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New Zealand tourism wins prize

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12 November 2009

Holidays in New Zealand could be more attractive to those looking for a vacation after the country won an accolade.

Operator Whale Watch Kaikoura received the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards top spot, marking the second year in a row that the nation has landed the title.

George Hickton, chief executive of Tourism New Zealand called the feat "fantastic".

"For New Zealand operators to have featured in the Responsible Travel Awards again this year shows our industry's strong commitment to the environment and local communities," he remarked.

YHA Wellington City, another provider, also triumphed by coming first in the best large hotel/accommodation category.

According to the panel of judges, Whale Watch Kaikoura was selected because it managed to repurchase Maori ancestral land for the benefit of indigenous people and had been built from the ground up.

Last month, Condé Nast Traveler readers voted Blanket Bay in Glenorchy as the best accommodation available in Oceania.ADNFCR-2704-ID-19456632-ADNFCR


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