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Responsible tourism shortlist revealed

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6 November 2009

New Zealand will be looking to defend its dual crowns in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards this month.

Due to be announced on 11 November, the shortlists for the award categories have now been published.

A number of New Zealand companies have been listed as nominees, giving the country the chance to retain its titles of Best Destination and Overall Winner, both of which it claimed last year.

Nature tourism firm Whale Watch Kaikoura receives a nomination for the best marine environment accolade and chair of the panel of judges Dr Harold Goodwin says: "Despite the economic difficulties being faced by the travel and tourism industry, responsible tourism continues to move ahead."

He adds: "I'm continually impressed as more is achieved by more people."

The news follows the revelation that readers of Conde Nast Traveler had identified Blanket Bay in New Zealand's Glenorchy resort as the best hotel in the Oceania region.


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