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Tourism New Zealand again voted “Leading Tourist Board”

Tourism New Zealand has again been voted Australasia's Leading Tourist Board in the 2014 World Travel Awards.

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Naomi Lobo, Tourism New Zealand's Public Relations Manager-India, accepting the award in New Delhi.

It is the fifth consecutive year that Tourism New Zealand has outshone its competitors from the region - Australia, Fiji, Tahiti and the Cook Islands - to collect the prestigious award.

The World Travel Award is voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, and the accolade recognises the commitment to excellence shown by the winning organisations.

Tourism New Zealand's Chief Executive Kevin Bowler says to receive the award for a fifth year running is a true honour.

"To be recognised by our industry peers for the work we are doing in marketing destination New Zealand is a great endorsement and reinforces the value of our 100% Pure New Zealand campaign, our hosted media programme, and the work we do with travel partners."

Tourism New Zealand congratulates those New Zealand tourism operators acknowledged at the awards, especially those winning in the Australasia category, including: Air New Zealand (Australasia's Leading Airline), Huka Lodge (Australasia's Leading Boutique Hotel) and Eagles Nest (Australasia's Leading Villa Resort).

Whale Watch Kaikoura picked up Australasia's Responsible Tourism Award and Waipoua Lodge was voted Australasia's Leading Green Hotel.

This year's Asia & Australasia Gala Ceremony was held in New Delhi on 11 October and the Grand Final Gala Ceremony will take place in Marrakech on 29 November, at which Tourism New Zealand will go up against other regional winners from around the globe.

The World Travel Awards were launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. Votes are cast by tourism professionals including travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations in over 160 countries across the globe.

For a full list of 2014 winners see the World Travel Awards website.