A great night for PW at the 2016 Ignite Wanaka Business Awards
World-famous Wanaka tourism attraction Puzzling World has been judged the supreme winner at the inaugural 2016 Ignite Wanaka Business Awards on Friday night (November 4).
Puzzling World – an iconic destination at the entrance into Wanaka for more than 43 years – also won its category of Outstanding in Tourism during a night of celebrating business success at Rippon Hall.
Newly-elected Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult presented Puzzling World’s general manger Heidi Landsborough and marketing and operations manager Duncan Spear with the supreme award."We have been humbled by this experience", said Duncan, "with the calibre of finalists on offer we were absolutely blown away to win our Category so you can imagine how we feel to have won the Supreme award too!".
The managers of the attraction, who expect to welcome over 200,000 customers this year were joined on stage to claim the Supreme Award by Heidi's father, business founder, Stuart Landsborough. "I know Stu is chuffed too, so it was great to be able to share the moment with him also"
Simon Telfer, convenor of the independent judging panel says: “Puzzling World is a high-performing, unique and sustainable Wanaka business that continues to grow year on year. It invests in new attractions, has very low staff turnover, a strong health and safety focus and uses technology to drive efficiencies and customer experience.
“Judges were impressed that this iconic Wanaka business has stood the test of time. Puzzling World has stuck to its core business and continues to derive great benefits for its shareholders, staff, customers and the Wanaka community.”
Heidi, in giving the first acceptance speech gave thanks and indicated that many more developments are in the pipeline for the future, "Thanks to you, the Wanaka public for your support over the years that has helped us to succeed and grow to what you see today. We have plenty of ideas to continue this trajectory so watch this space!"