Fifteen New Zealand hotels have won gold awards in this year's Loved by Guests Awards, run by The online accommodation website used more than 20 million verified reviews worldwide to decide the winners. More than 2700 hotels from 94 countries received a gold award, gained by guest review ratings of at least 4.7 or higher out of 5. The Kiwi hotels were: The George, Christchurch; The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments, Queenstown; Queenstown Park Boutique Hotel; Hotel DeBrett, Auckland; Bluestone on George, Dunedin; Peppers Parehua, Martinborough; Delorenzo's Studio Apartments, Nelson; The Sails, Nelson; Quest Rotorua Central; Harbour View Motel, Picton; Platinum Queenstown Villas; Hotel St Clair, Dunedin; Grange Lodge Motel, Auckland; At Home Wellington City; and Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef.

Tourism Trenz

The tourism industry descends on Rotorua next week for its annual trade event, Trenz, which this year will be attended by 356 travel and tourism buyers from 28 countries. The event, from May 10 to 13 at the Energy Events Centre, showcases products of 300 New Zealand tourism exhibitors and sees the negotiation of millions of dollars worth of business.

Proud of her Heritage


Heritage Hotel's group communications manager, Susan Gibson, has been announced as a finalist in the PR Institute of New Zealand's (Prinz) annual awards. She's up for the sustained public relations category for her entry "Recovering Christchurch's Heritage". The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Auckland on May 12.

Fresh duds for Qantas pilots

Qantas has unveiled new uniforms for its pilots, giving a nautical nod to the first Qantas pilot uniforms from the 1930s. The single-breasted navy suit is designed by France-based Australian Martin Grant.

New look for LAN

LAN and TAM Airlines and their affiliates have been consolidated together under a new global brand, LATAM. The move sees new aircraft, uniform and airport designs being introduced, and new products and services that will be rolled out over the next three years. There is also a new website, The first flight of a LATAM-branded aircraft, a Boeing 767, departed from Rio de Janeiro on Sunday on a one-off journey to Geneva to collect the Olympic torch. It returns to Brasilia, the starting place of the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay between more than 300 Brazilian cities, today.

We like...

The vast variety of weird and wacky museums around the Taranaki area. There's everything from taxidermy in New Plymouth to Fun Ho toys in Inglewood and the Whalers and Traders ride at the Tawhiti Museum in Hawera - which needs to be seen to be believed.

We don't like...
Getting stuck in piles of traffic despite giving yourself plenty of time to drive back to Auckland after a long weekend. And we especially don't like when people you've been driving behind for an hour at 80km then speed up on the straights so you can't get past them. Grrrr...

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