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Entries have now closed for the 2018 Vision Insurance Awards Programme.

Thank you to all those members who have entered the separate award categories.  Judging, once again, will be challenging and the Association looks forward to announcing the winners at the Taupo Conference in May 2018.


Think about entering for next year's Awards

It is never too soon to start thinking about entering for the Awards Programme!  Start thinking about it now so that when entries open - you will be ready to start work on your entry form.


About the Programme

The Awards Programme, introduced in 2016, was developed to celebrate excellence in hospitality in the bed and breakfast and hosted accommodation sector. Designed to provide a benchmark of excellence and inspiration to other hosts along with showcasing the best of New Zealand hospitality within our accommodation sector, the Programme has now been redeveloped to ensure all Association members are able to be celebrated and recognised.

There are now four award categories:

  • Vision Insurance Supreme B&B Business of the Year Award (previously our Excellence Award). This Award is the highest recognition for commitment to providing exceptional hosted accommodation;
  • Vision Insurance Emerging B&B Business of the Year Award - open to operators who have been in business for less than two years;
  • Vision Insurance Host of the Year Award - to recognise our wonderful members who go out of their way to provide an exceptional hosted experience for their guests; and
  • Bed & Breakfast Association NEW ZEALAND Member Awards - for members who have made a significant contribution rendering outstanding service to the Association.

A mentoring programme has been developed to work in conjunction with the Award Programme and is available to all members who enter.  Donna Brooke and Janet Dixon (Board Members / Mentors) will not write your entry for you but they will provide you with guidance where you need it. To become part of the mentoring programme you will need to complete an "Expression of Interest" and return this as soon as you can.

The judging criteria have also been expanded and clarified. Members working their way through the judging criteria, and with their Business Mentor, will find at the end of the process when their entry form is submitted they can easily pull together a business plan which will become an invaluable tool for developing and improving their business.

We are sure that the 2018 Vision Insurance Awards Programme will enable all members, in all stages of their bed and breakfast operation, to be honoured, recognised, encouraged and rewarded for their hard work and efforts to become the very best in their business and in New Zealand.

Winners of the 2016 Excellence Award, Angie & Garth London from Whakaipo Lodge, Taupo say:

"We were both surprised and delighted to be announced as the winner of the inaugural Bed & Breakfast Association Excellence Awards.  The process of entering encouraged us to review our business strategies and also to focus on and re-think our business planning.  The recognition we received from within the Association an wider industry has also been very helpful in promoting our boutique lodge.  We would encourage all Bed & Breakfast Association members to enter these Awards - a golden opportunity to benchmark your business against New Zealand's best B&Bs"

We are pleased to announce that Vision Insurance has agreed to sponsor our Awards Programme and we are immensely grateful to David Rush and the Vision Insurance team for their continued generosity.

In accepting the sponsorship opportunity David said:

"Many thanks for the opportunity of sponsoring your awards program. We are only too happy to accept your offer. It is a great concept to maintain and increase the professionalism within the Association’s members which will show through the great experiences the guests will take away with them. Whilst it was disappointing for the group this year didn’t  come to fruition keep at it, I’m sure the enthusiasm will follow.

Over the years I have been involved with the bed and breakfasts, the last 2 or 3 years I have seen the Association really being progressive. Keep up the good work and I look forward to our continued positive association."

For specialist insurance advice, contact:

David Rush

  2. 0508 031 990

Important Information


For full information about the 2018 Vision Insurance Awards Programme, Expression of Interest and Entry Forms

Click here for the Information Pack

If you are thinking of entering the Awards and would like to take part in the Mentoring Programme complete the Expression of Interest Form (also contained in the Information Pack above) and return this as soon as you can.

Click here for an Expression of Interest Form

Entries are open now and close on 22 December 2017

Your completed entry form (contained in the Information Pack) must be received by 22 December 2018.

If you have any queries or questions about the Awards, please don't hesitate to contact:

Donna Brooke    e.

Janet Dixon        e.

2018 Vision Insurance Awards Programme - promoting exceptional hosted accommodation

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