- Finalists 2014 Team Gold

CQ Hotels in Cuba Street was opened in 1904 as the original "People's Palace Hotel”, and is listed with the Historic Places Trust.

But there's nothing last-century about the way CQ Hotels looks after their staff. There are more than 60 working there and the next-door 4 star-plus Quality Hotel - a mix of full-time, part-time and casual who take part in monthly meetings, incentive schemes and a talent management programme to make sure everyone's giving, and receiving, their best.

CQ's team-building is based on the company's core values, General Manager Olivier Lacoua says. "For instance, we have an Employee of the Month scheme which focuses each time on a different core value - it might be 'Confidence to take ownership' or 'Passion and Pride in All We Do' - and whoever best embodies that takes the prize."

Regular team-bonding events and a newsletter help to maintain that sense of unity, and CQ Hotels takes it another step further with upskilling and mentoring programmes. There's an online training portal - Choice University - and the company holds half and full-day workshops. Staff are also encouraged, and assisted, to gain further qualifications on the NZQA network.

So it'll come as no surprise that the modern side of the complex was voted one of the top nine Choice Hotel properties in the world - out of a staggering 6100.

Learn More: www.hotelwellington.co.nz

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