The Rees - True South

Media Release | 9 August 2012

IMMEDIATE Announcement
9th August 2012


The Rees Hotel Queenstown has achieved three finalist nominations in the prestigious ‘2012 Hotel & Accommodation Management Magazine (HM) Awards For Hotel & Accommodation Excellence,’ now in its tenth year and widely recognised throughout the industry internationally.

The luxury lakefront property is finalist in the ‘Best Hotel New Zealand & South Pacific’ category while two key personnel have also attracted individual recognition. Chief Executive Officer Mark Rose and Executive Chef Ben Batterbury have both reached the final cut for ‘Best New Zealand General Manager’ and ‘Best Hotel Chef’ respectively.

The HM Awards has attracted a record 2300 entries across 41 categories from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. All qualifying candidates were required to submit a comprehensive written entry and went through a rigorous selection process by an esteemed judging panel made up of over 50 industry leaders, travel writers, industry experts and key clients. The results are audited externally by Ernst & Young.

CEO Mark Rose believes outstanding team work is what sets The Rees Queenstown apart and he praises his staff for their consistent efforts. Mr Rose even puts his own ‘Best NZ General Manager’ nomination down to a “collective and outstanding effort” by those around him.

“It’s very satisfying for the hotel to be recognised by its peers for the second year in a row. The Rees has been nominated for two out of the three years we’ve been open by HM and that’s a true reflection of the commitment to excellence and professionalism that our team makes,” says Rose.

The Rees Hotel’s Executive Chef, Ben Batterbury says his nomination is a “proud reflection of my passion for using the freshest and finest local artisan produce and True South Dining Room’s fantastically supportive network of suppliers, wineries and talented chefs who all make my job so easy.”

The nomination caps off an outstanding year for Batterbury who is a ‘2012 NZ Beef & Lamb Ambassador Chef’ while True South Dining Room has just been awarded the distinguished ‘2012 Award of Excellence’ by highly respected US wine and hospitality bible, the Wine Spectator.

The HM Award winners will be announced at an exclusive gala dinner and awards ceremony in Sydney on September 7 with over 600 hotel industry professionals expected to attend.



About HM Awards

Hotel & Accommodation Management magazine is in its 16th year as the leading industry journal spanning Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and parts of South East Asia.

HM has a circulation of over 6,500 and is received by all tiers of the hotel industry – from owners, fund managers and investors to CEOs, Presidents, senior executives, General Managers, Department Heads and Associates throughout the region.

In 2003, the HM Awards for Hotel & Accommodation Excellence were held for the first time and in the past 10 years, almost 4,500 people have attended the HM Awards and more than 450 awards have been awarded to hotels across Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

About The Rees Hotel Queenstown, New Zealand

The Rees Hotel Queenstown is an award winning chic five star hotel situated on the absolute lakefront in Queenstown, New Zealand. Its landmark restaurant is the True South Dining Room.

About Mark Rose

Chief Executive Officer, The Rees Hotel Queenstown

Mark possesses a wealth of talents and experience having spent his working life in the hospitality industry in the United Kingdom, Unites States of America, Australia and New Zealand. He is a trained chef and a specialist in food and beverage services who has managed vineyard and winery operations in addition to his hotel management duties. He came to The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments Queenstown directly from an appointment as General Manager of the prestigious Cameron House on Loch Lomond, one of Scotland’s finest luxury hotels.

About Ben Batterbury

Executive Chef, True South Dining Room

Is a current 2012 Beef and Lamb Ambassador and the only chef from New Zealand invited to join an ‘exclusive club’ of top chefs, industry legends, food maestros and award winning writers from around the world to participate at the prestigious Noosa International Food and Wine Festival 2012. The latest coup for True South Dining Room was a 2012 Award of Excellence by US wine and hospitality magazine, Wine Spectator.

For more information contact:

Victoria Hawkins
Ph: (09) 575 0821
Mob: (021) 605 342

Sarah Sparks
Director markomPR
Ph: (09) 575 0824
Mob: (021) 318 813