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Waitangi Treaty Grounds finalist in New Zealand Tourism Awards

22 August 2016

Waitangi Treaty Grounds finalist in New Zealand Tourism Awards

Touching pounamu at the Museum of Waitangi

Waitangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus is thrilled the Treaty Grounds is a finalist: “This is another recognition of the hard work the team has put in towards our goal to be a leading New Zealand tourism destination. We strive to offer a world class culture and heritage experience at the Treaty Grounds so making the finals of the New Zealand Tourism Awards shows we are on the right track. We were also honoured to win the Best Museum Project category at the Service IQ 2016 New Zealand Museum Awards in May so it is hugely rewarding to receive such positive external recognition”.

The Museum of Waitangi was the cornerstone project of a major programme of development at the Treaty Grounds aimed at enhancing the visitor experience at New Zealand’s most important historic site. The $14 million dollar project took just over 12 months to complete and opened its doors to the public on the 7th February 2016. The new Museum of Waitangi attracted over 30,000 visitors in the first seven weeks of opening.

Chris Roberts, Chief Executive of Tourism Industry Aotearoa which runs the annual awards programme says: “New Zealand’s tourism industry is enjoying rampant growth – it’s the country’s most valuable export industry and in total generates $30 billion in annual visitor spend. These prestigious awards celebrate the industry’s success and recognise the individuals and businesses doing an outstanding job, generating economic wealth and supporting jobs in communities throughout the country.”

The winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner in Auckland on Thursday 29 September.

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