GoSeeNewZealand was staying at Himatangi Beach Holiday park on July 23rd when Ian McKelvie - Manawatu District Mayor called to show how proud the District Council is of the Hospitality Award winning Family Park.
Councillors John Salmon and Merv Craw joined the mayor in a well done! Certificate of Appreciation presentation.
Dennis Penney said - It's going to be a good spin off for the whole village we know we give good service and have a vision of where we want to go.
It's going to be a challenge and we know we are here for the long run, Dennis said.
GoSeeNewZealand are providing a great marketing opportunity for us and the Family Parks Chain overall, Margaret Penny added.
Mayor of Manatu Ian McKelvie shares a joke with Graham from GoSeeNewZealand
Himatangi Beach Holiday Park ,130km from Wellington, is affordable, family friendly, clean and quiet, 250m from a sandy beach with fishing, swimming and surfing.
Bowentown Beach Holiday Park, the AA Tourism 2006 Hospitality winner, is another Family Parks beachfront location with fishing, walking, swimming and all water sports. There are sea view sites and modern facilities.
It is two hours from Auckland. On the doorstep to Coromandel and Bay of Plenty.
Holiday Accommodation Parks of New Zealand President Ian Smith said the 50th Annual Conference of HAPNZ evaluates products and ideas. New Zealand's commercial Holiday parks make a growing contribution to the communities in which they are based.
More people are using Holiday Park accommodation and they are staying longer. Over the past eight years the number of domestic and international guests at Holiday Parks has grown by 42 percent - an average of 5 percent per year, he said.
Awards presented were -
The Award winners at the 2007 conference are:
AA Spirit of Hospitality Award:
Himatangi Beach Holiday Park Margaret Dennis Penney - Winner.
Whananaki North Holiday Park Jackie Cooper - Runner Up.
Kaikoura Peketa Beach Holiday Park Eve Digby Parkin - Finalist.
Smiths Farm Holiday Park, Picton Barbara Chris Faulls - Finalist.
Te Anau Great Lakes Holiday Parks Bradley, Anna, Brett, Sylvia - Finalist.
Jasons Smart Business Award:
Taupo De Bretts Thermal Resort Carolyn Barry Kirkland - Winner.
Thornton Beach Family Holiday Park Angi Dave Edwards Runner Up.
Tahuna Beach Holiday Park Ann Cumpston Special Commendation.
Reserve Group Innovation Award:
Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Park Vicki Ian Smith - Winner.
Jacksons Campervan Retreat Holiday Park Donna Bevan Sutherland Highly Commended.
Qualmark Maui Britz:
Beachside Holiday Park, Paihia Most improved license holder Aroha Dusty Sosich.
Martinborough Village Camping Free licence Lisa Frank Cornelissen.
This award was presented by the Minister of Tourism on behalf of HAPNZ to Peter Blackwell General Manager Tourism AA, in recognition of the AAs commitment to New Zealand tourism through the 101 Must Dos For Kiwis campaign.
In recognition of outstanding service to the holiday park sector the President presented special awards to:
Erna Spijkerbosch, Queenstown.
Lindsay McLeod, Dunedin.
Lana Morgan, Ohiwa.
Peter Cleghorn, Kerikeri.
Board service Awards in recognition of service and commitment to the holiday park industry were presented to retiring Board Members:
Brett Prentice 2003 - 2007.
Sherryl Charles 2003 - 2007.
Diane Goodin 2001 2007 Vice President 2004 -2007.
Honorary membership was give to the following long time supporters of HAPNZ
John Sandford Jasons Travel Media.
Paul Rae Gilmac Agencies.
Duncan Campbell Gooder Equipment Maytag.
HAPNZ New President and Board Members for 2007/2008:
Steve Fraser North South Holiday Park, Christchurch President
Todd Morgan Ohiwa Holiday Park Vice President North Island
Kathryn HorrellGeraldine Holiday Park Vice President South Island
Rob Clark Raglan Kopua Holiday Park
Rebecca Crosby Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort
Richard Gunson Camp Waipu Cove
Robyn Jackson Rakaia River Holiday Park
Don Mossop Athenree Hot Springs Holiday Park
Willy Robertson Te Anau Lakeview Holiday Park
Ian Smith Waihi Beach Top 10 Holiday Park Immediate Past President
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