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Woodlyn Park wins World Hospitality Award

Posted By Guru4Travel on Dec 04, 2012 at 1:02AM

Kiwi David Takes on Global Goliath and Wins
 
At the World Hospitality Awards held in Paris recently a New Zealand couple, Barry and Judy Woods from Waitomo, took out the World Innovative Concept Award in grand style.
 
Held at the Le Grand Intercontinental Hotel in Paris with many large hotel chains from around the world competing, it is an achievement to make the finals in any of the categories.
 
Woodlyn Park used local talent to assist in entering these World Wide awards.  The initial entry consisted of a power-point story, which was produced with the assistance from “Number 8 Wire Girl”.  Once selected as one of the 3 finalists, a short video was required for judging on the night, which was created by “Tin Shed Productions”.
 
Barry Woods aka Billy Black said with a minimal budget all taken up in airfares “We put together a great film clip; two amateurs in the back of a tin shed, just three days before flying out to France”.
 
Over the last 15 years I have spent a lot of time on stage entertaining with my show at Waitomo and around New Zealand and nerves don’t really get to me; but when we walked into the Le Grand’s amazing marbled Opera Room, with its stained glass dome and massive chandeliers, I actually started to tense up.   When I was called up on stage and then eventually announced as the winner I was absolutely speechless!
 
The 800-strong audience was made up of a wide range of people from the Hospitality industry including CEO’s, managers, and the founding members of huge operations, who were then asked to judge the finalists on the night.  Woodlyn Park was competing with the major hotel chains of the world so this was a real David and Goliath story, as Woodlyn Park not only won the category for Innovative Concept, but also won by the greatest margin ever seen in the history of the awards, scooping a huge 72% of the votes.
 
Woods commented “I couldn’t get any interest from Tourism NZ so I had to go it alone… one little old Kiwi against major players in the hospitality industry.  So to bring home a world award, having competed against multinational corporate businesses, is a win for all the small-unrecognised tourism businesses in New Zealand.
 
Not only was this a personal win for Woods, but a great showcasing opportunity for New Zealand tourism.
 
Members of the audience were blown away by the Woodlyn Park concept commenting, “We are definitely coming to New Zealand, we want to see this place”

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