BY MATHIAS RINGA
South Africa has been voted Africa’s leading destination 2018 by the World Travel Awards.
South Africa overcame competition from other African destinations including Egypt, Morocco, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana.
Winners from across the continent were presented with the prestigious global awards at the World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa and Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2018, which took place at the Durban International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa, last Saturday.
Graham Cooke, founder and president, World Travel Awards, said: “The Durban ICC has reinforced its standing as a world class entertainment venue on what has been a magnificent evening of travel industry triumph, as well as a highlight of our 25th anniversary.
“We have had the privilege of recognising the leading hotels, airlines and hospitality providers from across Africa and the Indian Ocean. My congratulations to each of them.”
Hundreds of leading travel industry figureheads from across Africa and the Indian Ocean attended the ceremony at the Durban ICC, a state-of-the-art events and entertainment venue.
South African Tourism bagged the Africa’s leading Tourist Board 2018 award after beating 11 other Tourist Boards on the continent, including Kenya Tourism Board, Egyptian Tourism Authority, Rwanda Development Board, Tanzania Tourist Board and Moroccan National Tourism Organisation.
Cape Town International Airport won the Africa’s leading airport award, Port of Durban scooped the Africa’s leading cruise port award, while Durban International Convention Centre bagged the Africa’s leading Meetings and Convention Centre award.
Durban was voted Africa’s leading Meetings and Conference destination, Sun City Resort won the Africa’s leading resort award, Pezula Hotel was crowned Africa’s most romantic resort, while Silvan Safari scooped the Africa’s leading luxury lodge award.
Cape Town scooped Africa’s leading festival and event destination, Legend Golf and Safari Resort won the Africa’s leading sports resort, Shambala Private Game Reserve bagged the Africa’s leading private game reserve, while Lawhill Luxury Apartments won the Africa’s leading serviced apartments award.
MannaBay was voted Africa’s leading design hotel, Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari won the Africa’s leading luxury private villa, Villa Two @ Ellerman House scooped the Africa’s leading luxury hotel villa, while Fairmont Zimbali Resort bagged the Africa’s leading luxury resort award.
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries.
Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.