From left are Max McKeage, Gareth Caldwell, Harper Caldwell and Laura Tibbs of the The Speight’s Ale House, who won four awards at the 2014 Nelson Hospitality Awards. Gareth says they are hoping to do well again in this year’s awards. Photo: Kate Russell.

Nominations open for hospitality awards

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The hunt is on for the stars of Nelson’s hospitality industry, ahead of the region’s biennial hospitality awards.

Nominations opened yesterday, and members of the public are invited to put down their favourite in any or all of the nine categories.

This year will also see a major change in how the nomination and voting processes are carried out, with everything going online through a dedicated website.

Voters can also put in their nominations through the Nelson App.

Nominations are open for two weeks, closing on Monday July 10, and then finalists for each category will be decided and listed on the website.

People will then be able to vote for their favourite finalists from July 18.

The awards will be presented on August 21 and the judges will be a combination of local professionals and national industry experts.

Nelson Hospitality Awards committee member, Mishael Sowman, says that the awards are all about “celebrating hospitality in our area”.

“These people work very hard all year round and it’s their opportunity to be recognised for all that work,” she says.

To put in a nomination, go to the Nelson Hospitality Awards Facebook page and find the link, or you can do it through the Nelson App, which can be downloaded by searching “The Nelson App” in the App Store or Google Play.

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