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Rotorua venture wins top tourism prize

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/09/2016

A young Rotorua tourism company's ziplines and nature walks have beaten out stiff competition to take home New Zealand's top tourism prize.

Rotorua Canopy Tours, which started just four years ago, has been given the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Tourism Awards in Auckland.

The company - which offers trips through ancient forests using ziplines, trails, platforms and swinging bridges - beat out large-scale corporates and a 100-year-old enterprise to take the title.

"At the heart of its success is an exceptional visitor experience that has raised the bar of personalisation, authenticity and fun," Tourism Industry Aotearoa chief executive Chris Roberts said.

"Visitor numbers have been growing rapidly year on year ... and outstanding environmental outcomes have been achieved as a result of passion, innovation and perseverance."

The business also took home the Visitor Experience Award and the Environmental Award at the annual event organised by TIA.

The top individual prize of the night went to former Tourism New Zealand chief George Hickton, the man behind the "100 per cent Pure New Zealand" campaign.

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