NZ claims top spot yet again with UK travellers

New Zealand continues to hold the Top Country award firmly in its grip with a near perfect score in the UK’s Wanderlust Magazine Reader Travel Awards 2017, winning gold for the third year in a row.

The top spot for New Zealand, the country’s ninth win over the 18 years of the awards, is proof that the New Zealand experience is second to none with visitors. New Zealand achieved a near perfect satisfaction rating of 99.67%. 

The finalists were rated by 1,800 of the publication’s readers, with a total of 165 countries, 830 cities, 440 airports and 484 tour operators being nominated; demonstrating the globe-trotting status of the magazine’s reach. 

Pip Casey, Regional Manager for Europe said “These awards are unique as winners are based on customer satisfaction of the visit and not solely on the number of votes. This really illustrates the quality of experience that visitors receive in New Zealand and is testament to the expertise and dedication of New Zealand operators large and small. As our visitor numbers continue to grow it’s great to see this level of service being upheld.” 

New Zealand continues to stand out from the crowd for our readers and we are thrilled the country is ‘top dog’ once more. In fact, ever since we started the awards in 1999 the country has not been out of the top 3, quite an achievement,” commented Wanderlust’s Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Lyn Hughes.

(Pip Casey, TNZ Regional Manager, Europe, centre, receives the award from Editor, Phoebe Smith, left and Lyn Hughes, Founder and Editor in chief).


About the Wanderlust Reader Travel Awards in association with the Money Shop 

The awards are based on readers’ travels from December 2015 to November 2016. Results are based on an average satisfaction score (converted to a percentage) rather than the number of votes cast. An entry required a minimum number of votes to be considered. In categories where no percentage is shown, results are based on number of votes cast.

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