It’s awards time at Travelbug! Today we are proud to announce the winners of our second annual Travelbug Awards. The awards recognise excellent performance by accommodation operators who are bookable with us and the winners were selected based on the number of bookings made at each property, the quality of guest feedback, and the overall quality of their Travelbug listing.
As you’ll know, we have the widest range of bookable accommodation in New Zealand and all properties – from holiday parks and backpackers to luxury lodges – are automatically eligible for the awards. So what are the awards? There are five categories:
One percent go platinum, Copthorne Bay of Islands tops list
After the 2011 awards, we decided that we had made it too easy to win, so this year we made the criteria more demanding, and as a result only 1% of properties achieved the highest accolade – the Platinum Award – making it even more prestigious than last year. To make this award as meaningful as possible we had to raise the bar on the % of thumbs-up reviews and the number of bookings required to even be eligible for an award. This means that these properties can be justifiably proud of receiving Platinum status (Platinum winners shown below).
Deserving of special mention is Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands, who was the Platinum property with the highest overall score.
The Best in Region and Best in District awards were also hotly contested, but again the criteria were tightened up to bring the very best properties to the top (Best in Region winners shown below).
Canterbury & Wanaka star in “100% Reviews”
The award that most factors in traveller feedback is the 100% Reviews award, which is effectively judged by guests who have stayed in the properties. Operators with a 100% “thumbs up” result across a minimum number of reviews received the award. We love helping travellers keep each other informed so this year we added the rule that all winners of the 100% reviews award must have a minimum number of bookings and 100% verified reviews.
Canterbury came up trumps as the region with the most 100% Reviews awards (37, or 15%), but Lake Wanaka was the clear winner as the region with the highest average review percentage, with 98.9% of all travellers giving their Wanaka accommodation a thumbs-up. Of accommodation types, bed and breakfasts win as
the highest-rated with 98.7% receiving thumbs-up reviews.
There are a huge range of properties across the country with staff and owners slaving away to provide top-class traveller experiences. We’re pleased to be able to give them a pat on the back for a job well done, not only in promoting their property, but promoting New Zealand to the rest of the world.
So who won? Here are the winners
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of the Best in Region and Platinum awards, plus the breakdown of the numbers of winners for each award.
Well done to all the winners, and happy travels!
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in Region’ award winners 2012
|Auckland||Ibis Auckland Ellerslie|
|Bay of Plenty||Gateway Motor Inn Mt Maunganui|
|Canterbury||Victoria Villa B&B|
|Coromandel||Central Park Motel|
|Fiordland||Fiordland Hotel and Motel|
|Hawke’s Bay||Quest Napier|
|Lake Taupo||Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort|
|Lake Wanaka||Alpine Motel Apartments|
|Manawatu-Wanganui||Aspree Motor Inn|
|Marlborough||Picton Lodge Backpackers|
|Nelson||Airport Greens Motel|
|Northland||Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands|
|Otago||The Victoria Hotel|
|Queenstown||Novotel Queenstown Lakeside|
|Rotorua||Kuirau Park Motor Lodge|
|Ruapehu||Ohakune Mountain View Motel|
|Taranaki||16 Northgate Motor Lodge|
|Waikato||Riverside of Cambridge Motel & Conference Centre|
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|West Coast||Scenic Hotel Franz Josef Glacier|
Total winners in each category:
- Platinum Property (30 winners)
- Gold Property (233 winners)
- Best in Region (22 winners)
- Best in District (56 winners)
- 100% Guest Rating (250 winners)
Travelbug ‘Platinum’ award winners 2012
|Bella Vista Express Hotel Auckland Airport||Auckland|
|Ibis Auckland Ellerslie||Auckland|
|Auckland North Shore Motels & Holiday Park||Auckland|
|Airport Garden Inn Hotel and Conference Centre||Auckland|
|Quality Hotel Barrycourt||Auckland|
|Airport Travel Air Motor Inn||Auckland|
|Victoria Villa B&B||Canterbury|
|Central Park Motel||Coromandel|
|Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort||Lake Taupo|
|Aspree Motor Inn||Manawatu-Wanganui|
|Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands||Northland|
|Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin||Otago|
|The Victoria Hotel||Otago|
|Novotel Queenstown Lakeside||Queenstown|
|Kuirau Park Motor Lodge||Rotorua|
|Kowhai & Colonial Motel||Rotorua|
|AA Studio Motel Rotorua||Rotorua|
|CQ Comfort Hotel Wellington||Wellington|
|The Cambridge Hotel||Wellington|
|Bay Plaza Hotel||Wellington|
|West Plaza Hotel||Wellington|
|Amora Hotel Wellington||Wellington|
|James Cook Grand Chancellor Wellington||Wellington|