Theatre Royal makes hospitality award f inals

By Laura Mills

The historic Theatre Royal in Kumara is a finalist in prestigious industry awards, holding its own against some of the country’s best.
The Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence encompass everything from a country pub in Northland and an upmarket gastro bar in Auckland, through to a five-star hotel in Wellington and a cafe in Southland.
The Theatre Royal is entered in the best new-redeveloped accommodation hotel category, and is pitted against the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell, and the Viceroy Hotel in Napier.
Owner Kerrie Fitzgibbon said they were stoked.
“We are a little place in Kumara, and we made it into the national finals. We are very excited, it’s wonderful for the town.”
Hospitality NZ chief executive Bruce Robertson said there was far more positivity in the wider hospitality industry than there had been for a number of years.
“That optimism is mirrored in the amount of capital investment now being spent on premises. New hospitality businesses are emerging at locations throughout the country, while existing businesses are renovating, refurbishing and expanding — motivated by their owners’ confidence in growing consumer spend.”
Stations Inn in Hokitika is a finalist for best lamb dish under $25.
Entrants are judged over a six-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 will be announced at the national conference in Queenstown on September 25-26.