Rotorua’s hospitality industry is to be celebrated for the seventh year at the 2018 Rotorua Hospitality Awards, an industry event aimed at highlighting the very best of the region.

Presented by the Restaurant Association of New Zealand, the Rotorua Hospitality Awards have been recreated with a fresh new identity. The new regional hospitality awards design has come from the need to create a more streamlined and consistent awards platform throughout New Zealand, with the Rotorua Hospitality Awards representing the highly coveted biannual celebration for its region.

“Our goal is to bring the hospitality community together and connect them with the larger community,” said Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois. “Winners will be listed on the Eat New Zealand website, a beneficial development for the region as Rotorua continues to be recognised globally for its distinction in tourism and hospitality.”

Winners will receive a coveted ‘Chevron’ trophy, symbolising a stripe indicating rank or length of service. The ‘Chevron’ represents the industry’s mark for distinction and provides a recognised symbol for excellence for consumers and visitors alike.

The Restaurant Association has partnered with Eat New Zealand, a collective of New Zealand’s chefs, producers, media, tourism and event operators, who are all dedicated to promoting New Zealand’s best food, beverage, and culinary destinations to the world.

Nominations are now open to the industry until Sunday, 27 May. Final voting will begin on Tuesday, 29 May and winners will be revealed at the awards evening on Sunday, 1 July at the Energy Events Centre.

The Rotorua general public are also able to vote for their favourite establishment in the Rotorua Lakes Council People’s Choice Award category from 29 May.

Tickets to the event are on sale now, to purchase or for more information regarding the awards please visit\rotorua. Stay connected with key updates and announcements on our Facebook page @rotoruahospitalityawards and Instagram @rotoruaawards.