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Entries are now open for the 2019 Vision Insurance Bed & Breakfast Awards Programme


Why should you enter?

Because the Awards Programme celebrates excellence in hospitality in the bed and breakfast and hosted accommodation sector.  The Awards have been developed 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 ensures all Association members are able to be celebrated and recognised.


The benefits for you and your business are immense and varied!


Whakaipo Lodge

“Having won the inaugural B&B Association’s Excellence Awards we were both surprised and delighted to be announced as the winner of the Supreme B&B for a second time.  We found it an excellence process to go through as it encourages a review of your B&B and also to focus on and re-think  business planning and where to in the future.  The recognition we received from within the Association and wider community has been incredibly useful in promoting our boutique lodge and assisting us with strong bookings throughout the year. We would encourage all Bed & Breakfast Association members to enter these Awards – there’s even an excellent mentor programme to get you on the right track. It’s a golden opportunity to benchmark your business against New Zealand’s best B&Bs.”

Garth & Angie London, Whakaipo Lodge, Taupo


Accent House

“Entering the Awards Programme in the Emerging B&B category was an invaluable experience for us and one we would highly recommend. It was a chance to reflect on all we had achieved in our first two years of operation, work with a mentor and ensure we were on the right track to achieving our goals. The media coverage since has been a great bonus and is reflected in our forward bookings.”

Sharon & John Corbett, Accent House, Mapua


Rive Gauche

"The main benefit for us has been the official recognition received for the effort we have put in to ensure our guests have a super comfortable and welcoming environment for their Taupo stay. Many of our guests are on a once in a lifetime trip to New Zealand and particularly enjoy the opportunity to relax and converse with us (or me, if they are French).  We have had increased interest from agents and some publishing companies."

Jim & Lynne Fauchelle, Rive Gauche, Taupo

Award Categories 

  • Vision Insurance Supreme B&B Business of the Year 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.



If you want to enter the Programme but aren't sure where to start - then start with our mentors - Janet and Donna.  They won't write your entry for you but they will be able to provide you with plenty of guidance.

"Entering any awards is a daunting process.  You know you’ve got something special but you’re not sure if anyone else will notice how special you really are!  That is where having a person in the industry, supporting and guiding you through the awards process is really handy.  That is what mentoring is.  It's not judging what you do.  We leave the esteemed judges for that!  It's helping you keep on task to get the entry done.  It's helping you develop your entry in such a way that you really capture the essence of you and your business.  And it is our pleasure to be involved as much or as little as you want and need.  Look forward to meeting you.

Donna Brooke, Mentor


For Full Information

For full information about the 2019 Vision Insurance Awards Programme, Expression of Interest and Entry Forms
     Click here - 2019 Vision Insurance Award Information Pack & Entry Form

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 - Expression of Interest Form

Entries are open now and close on

          21 December 2018

Your completed entry form (contained in the Information Pack) must be received by 21 December 2018.

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



Vision Insurance Bed & Breakfast Awards Programme - promoting exceptional hosted accommodation

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