Congratulations to Real Journeys and Southern Discoveries who jointly won the Tourism Export Council's (TEC) Operator of the Year award at this year's TEC Conference in Dunedin.  The award was presented at a dinner at Larnach Castle together with Young TEC awards and Inbound Operator of the Year.  Visit the TEC website to learn more.

The Real Journeys team is extremely proud to be the recipient of the “Operator of the Year 2015”
as voted by our Inbound Tour Operator business partners.
Ryan Ingram, Real Journeys Director of Sales, says the whole team, from sales through to
operations, can take credit for this award. “We are so appreciative of such a vote of confidence,
especially after what has been one of the busiest seasons in recent history. We are very lucky to
have a fantastic team working to deliver remarkable experiences who strive to continually do it
better. Winning this award recognises and endorses those efforts. Thank you to our inbound
tour operator partners for your great support.”
Sales & Marketing Manager Julia Savill says “Southern Discoveries is delighted to receive the
TECNZ Operator of the Year for 2015. To be awarded this by our valued clients is the ultimate
endorsement, and we are humbled and honoured by their nomination. We’re going through
exciting changes to our product offerings, and this award tells us that the changes we are making
are positive. It also ensures we will keep on this path so that we continue to deliver the best
experience for our customers. We also offer our congratulations to other finalists in the Operator
of the Year category Real Journeys and the Avis Budget Group.
Tourism Export Council CEO Lesley Immink says each year the awards are hotly contested as
being voted among your peers as being the best in the business for ‘doing good business’ is a
great accolade that filters down to all levels of the operator teams. Inbound tour operators
nominate allied supplier members and allied members nominate inbound tour operators. The
applicants are judged on their innovation, marketing, business operation, communications,
accessibility and industry relationships.