Restaurant Association CEO honoured

Restaurant Association CEO Marisa Bidois has been presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Hospitality and Tourism Community Award by AUT.

AUT’s School of Hospitality and Tourism holds an awards event every year to acknowledge its top students and to recognise industry achievements. The Award recognises outstanding performance and is a recognition of contributions toward raising the standard of hospitality in New Zealand and increasing awareness of New Zealand as a cuisine destination.

AUT Head of Department Hospitality David Williamson said that the awards are an important recognition of outstanding achievement by the school’s top students and the industry awards ‘close the circle’.

“Now, by adding the industry awards, the event is celebrating both the excellence of the young graduates, just starting their careers, and the achievements of ‘legends’, who have graduated in the past. This way both the future and the legacy of the school is celebrated and recognised.”

These successful people exemplify a gateway into an exciting, challenging and rewarding career option and they offer a great example to inspire and motivate young professionals joining our industry. This year, Bidois was presented this honour for her outstanding contributions to the hospitality industry, alongside Joseph Casalme for his work in the events industry.

Bidois was selected for her ongoing commitment in promoting excellence within the hospitality industry, which has included not only lifting the standards of restaurant service, but also employment practice and education outcomes. The Award recognised her work within hospitality education through a wide range of partnerships including the Ministry of Social Development and the School of Hospitality and Tourism at AUT.

“To be recognised by your industry peers is a real honour,” she said. “This is an exciting industry to work in and I am motivated by my passion for the industry and a commitment to help hospitality business owners succeed. I am humbled to be given this award and look forward to continuing my work.”

As a long-term supporter of the School of Hospitality and Tourism at AUT, Bidois holds a seat on the Hospitality Industry Partnership Board. In working with the school, Marisa provides opportunities for student learning through their work-integrated learning placements and postgraduate research projects. Over the years, Bidois has attended countless orientation sessions, guest lectures, expert panels and awards ceremonies.

Since its inception in 2015, this Award has had nine previous recipients across the tourism, events, and hospitality industry including David Comery, Judith Tabron, Krishna Botica, Simon Gault, Tony Astle, Michael Meredith, Jason Hill, Lindy Christian, and Paul Dunlop.