The Rees Hotel Queenstown has won the prestigious Best New Zealand Hotel Award at the 2018 HM Awards for Accommodation and Hotel Excellence at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney on Friday 7 September. The award was hotly contested with a high calibre of entries. The achievement caps an outstanding year for The Rees with the highly anticipated opening of its luxury Lakeside Residences and an array of new hotel initiatives, culinary events and more international awards.

The HM Awards are the leading industry awards in the region and celebrate the best properties, departments, people, chains and brands in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. More than 1500 different properties are nominated each year for the HM Awards, with finalists and winners decided by a judging panel of 20 industry professionals and travel media. The Rees was nominated as a finalist in five categories: Best New Zealand Hotel, Best General Manager, Best Hotel Chef, Best Communications Associate and Australasian Hotel of the Year.

General Manager Mark Rose has been responsible for The Rees Hotel’s continued success and impressive growth since its opening in 2009. He recently oversaw the construction and implementation of five luxury Lakeside Rees Residences as well as the introduction of groundbreaking housekeeping technology Optii keeper and the Hotel’s Rees Bees apiary eco-initiative amongst many other achievements. “It is an absolute honour to accept this award on behalf of The Rees Hotel Queenstown,” said Mark. “We are truly blessed with an incredible team and their commitment, effort and support make this accomplishment possible. Each year we strive not only to meet but exceed guests’ expectations. This award is a great reminder that we are maintaining an outstanding level of excellence.”

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