The bread and butter of New Zealand Bed & Breakfasts have been celebrated last month, with an industry awards programme crowning the top holiday spots.
The Bed & Breakfast Association’s annual awards seek to recognise leaders in the accommodation industry, highlighting the B&Bs that go above and beyond for their guests.
415 Marine Parade, Napier named the rising star
The Rising Star Bed & Breakfast of the Year, which is open to B&B operators that have been working in the business for two years or less, was awarded to Tom and Esther Seymour of 415 Marine Parade, Napier.
The Seymours renovated a historic property at the edge of the Napier CBD, refitting the building with luxury finishings, before opening in early 2021.
“Tom and Esther took on a dilapidated property dating from the 1860s with a vision of offering quality hosted accommodation in central Napier … Their care for their historic building, their guests and their business is exceptional.”
Judge Lynda Keene, who is the Chief Executive of the Tourism Export Council of New Zealand, highlighted the excellent quality shown by the B&B candidates.
“Bed & breakfast businesses often operate under the radar as to their importance in the tourism industry, but all hosts add greatly to a region’s visitor offering and are wonderful ambassadors, adding bespoke local manaakitanga in their homes. Bed & breakfast operators are highly valued by the inbound tourism sector in hosting international visitors.”
Waihi Beach Paradise Resort named the overall winner.
Olive Rabbit, Tūrangi awarded for exceptional hosting.
First published by NZ Herald. Click here to read the full article.