Congratulations to the Tourism Award winners
Horwath HTL Sir Jack Newman winner is Craig Harris, Cruise New Zealand
PATA Young Tourism Entrepreneur winner is Mark Gilbert, Hassle-free Tours
Craig Harris, Chairman, Cruise New Zealand, Taupo
Mr Harris was instrumental in establishing Cruise New Zealand, an incorporated society with the objective of growing cruise ship visits to New Zealand, in 1994. He has chaired the organisation since then, overseeing huge growth in foreign exchange earnings for New Zealand from cruise ship visits.
Mark Gilbert, Managing Director/Co-owner, Hassle-free Tours, Christchurch
With his wife Nikki, Mark Gilbert established Hassle-free Tours nine years ago, offering visitors tours of the Canterbury high country and more recently, of Christchurch city. In that time, the business has grown to employ up to 12 employees in the summer season. This year Hassle-free Tours is projected to carry an estimated 17,500 passengers.