A Waihi pub has been selected as a finalist in this year's Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence.
The Waihi Beach Hotel is a finalist in Best Country Hotel category - coming up against three other rivals in Hawke's Bay, the West Coast, and Central Otago.
Hospitality New Zealand chief executive officer Bruce Robertson said the common theme all four finalists shared, was the outstanding levels of service and professionalism they each displayed - along with the passion and enthusiasm embodied by their respective owners and operators.
"The Waihi Beach Hotel epitomises the crème-de-la-crème of New Zealand's hospitality industry across all its guises - and was selected after a comprehensive and thorough judging process," Mr Robertson said.
"The standard and quality among these finalists sets them apart from their competitors in the marketplace, and any of the finalists including the Waihi Beach Hotel would make worthy winners. They are a proud reflection of where the cutting edge of New Zealand's hospitality industry is moving - delivering consumers service standards which are the equal of anywhere in the world."
The Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence encompass 15 categories featuring all sectors of the industry - from country pubs, gaming operations and five star hotels, through to bars, restaurants, and cafes.
The Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence are judged over a seven week period by a panel of independent industry professionals who assess every competitor on a range of commercial and operational criteria - including staff training and human resources, customer service, marketing and promotional activities, and the demonstration of business growth.
Winners at Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence will be announced at the organisation's national conference being held in Rotorua on September 17/18.