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World’s Leading Villa Collection 2019

Mantis Owner’s Collection Adrian Gardiner, Chairman of Mantis celebrating the latest accolade received by Mantis Owner’s Collection at the World Travel Awards 2019 The Mantis Owner’s Collection has been crowned World’s Leading Villa Collection at the 26th annual World Travel ...

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Why Oceana Won Two Lilizela Awards

2019 Lilizela Awards: ‘Best 5 Star Boutique Hotel’ & a ‘Lap of Luxury Guest Experience’ Mantis is very proud to announce that Oceana Beach & Wildlife Reserve won two awards at the seventh annual Lilizela Tourism Awards which took place ...

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2019 Youth Travel Awards Winners Announced

Global Youth Travel Awards 2019 Logo

The World Youth Student and Educational Travel Confederation (WYSE) has announced the 2019 Global Youth Travel Awards (GYTAs) winners. On the final evening of 11 October, delegates attending the close of the World Youth and Student Travel Conference in Lisbon dressed to ...

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AHIF 2019 Awards Adrian Gardiner of Mantis Group

Adrian Gardiner, Executive Chairman of Mantis

Adrian Gardiner Awarded for Outstanding Contribution to African Hospitality Industry Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25 September 2019 – Adrian Gardiner, the Executive Chairman of Mantis, is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious African Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) Creating Impact Award for ...

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SAASA Wins Skål Sustainable Tourism Award

Maria Teresa Diaz, Lara Mostert, Lavonne Wittman, and Andrew Rogers.

South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA), owners of Monkeyland in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay and sister sanctuary MonkeylandKZN in Ballito is the winner of the Skål International 2019 Sustainable Tourism Award in the category Major Tourist Attractions.  In April this ...

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Chefs Shine at Hotel Oscars in Cape Town

2019 Distell Inter Hotel Challenge

The Southern Sun Cape Sun was the glittering venue for the ‘Hotel Oscars’, the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge, on Saturday 3rd August 2019 when South Africas’ top chefs, bakers, wine stewards and concierges were honoured with the industry’s top accolades. ...

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Rhino Conservation Awards Call for Entries

African Rhino

Nominations for the 8th annual Rhino Conservation Awards have officially opened and are invited from the five rhino range states of Africa. The 2019 Award Nomination Categories are: Best Field RangerBest Conservation PractitionerBest Political, Investigative and Judicial supportBest Rhino Conservation ...

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Thula Thula Wins Prestigious Award

Francoise Malby-Anthony with staff of Thula Thula Game Reserve

Thula Thula Private Game Reserves’ Francoise Malby-Anthony has been awarded the prestigious “French Abroad Award” for her dedication to conservation and her relentless efforts in the running of Thula Thula as well as the reserves’ conservation and expansion projects. The Prix ...

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Call For Entries: 2019 Eco-Logic Awards

Eco-logic Awards trophies

Entries for the 8th annual Eco-Logic Awards are now open. Presented by The Enviropaedia, South Africa’s online environmental encyclopaedia, green directory and repository of sustainability thought leadership, the awards event will be held on 5 June 2019, which is World ...

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UNWTO Awards Finalists Announced

UNWTO award trophies

Madrid, Spain, 21 December 2018 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced the finalists to win the 15th UNWTO Awards, which recognize inspirational projects that have made an invaluable contribution to advance sustainable tourism. The nominees are praised for ...

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Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018 National Winners

JOHANNESBURG, Saturday, 17 November 2018 – The Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom revealed the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards national winners at a glittering function convened at the Sandton Convention Centre this evening. The sixth edition of the National Lilizela Tourism Awards ...

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Awards for Award Programs Launched

Awards for Award Programs

JOHANNESBURG, 24 October 2018 – South Africa’s first ever initiative to give accolades to the Awards industry has been launched and it will culminate in a gala event on 25 February 2019 where organisers will receive commendations for staging premier ...

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Africa Albida Tourism Scoops Top Enviro Award

HARARE, Zimbabwe, September 2018 – Hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism won the Environmental Award at the 25th Annual Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA) Awards ceremony on Saturday 1st September 2018, after launching a major recycling project in Victoria Falls. ...

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KZN Lilizela Tourism Awards 2018 Winners

SANI PASS, KwaZulu-Natal, 13 September 2018 – Thirty-three of KwaZulu-Natal’s top tourism and hospitality businesses were tonight honoured with prestigious provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards. See the full list at the end of this article Hailed as ‘the best of the ...

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Emirates Wins Gold at Global Awards

JOHANNESBURG, 12 September 2018 – Emirates airline’s fully-enclosed First Class Private Suites, launched in November last year on its Boeing 777 aircraft, has been awarded gold by Future Travel Experience (FTE) in the “Up in the Air” category. The FTE Global ...

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Voted Best of The Kruger

To celebrate having been voted Best Self Catering Shared 4-Star accommodation – not just in the Kruger Park area but across the whole of South Africa – at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards, Kruger Park Lodge is offering a Festive ...

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Anne’s Place Placed First at #LilizelaAwards17

Anne’s Place Guest House has earned its place as South Africa’s best Self Catering Exclusive 4-Star accommodation at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Anne’s Place provides self-catering accommodation to business executives and travellers alike with warm and personal, yet unobtrusive, hospitality in ...

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Umlani Bushcamp Wins Gold at #LilizelaAwards17

There’s a reason why Fair Trade Tourism certified Umlani Bushcamp has been voted Best 3-Star Lodge in South Africa at the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Besides Umlani’s commitment to Responsible and Sustainable Tourism practices, their dedication to service excellence is acknowledged through multiple ...

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Timbavati Wins Best 3-Star Lodge Lilizela Award

Timbavati Safari Lodge has been acknowledged as the best 3-star lodge in Limpopo at the recent 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial ceremony held on 15 September. Following their provincial award win, Timbavati Safari Lodge is now a nominee for the Lilizela National Awards, which ...

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Kosmos Manor Guest House Wins Lilizela Award

Voted best 5-star guest house in the North West, Kosmos Manor Guest House & Conference Venue were handed their award certificate and trophy at the recent Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial awards ceremony held on 20 September 2017. Located in the heart of the little Monaco ...

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2017 World Luxury Spa and Restaurant Winners

The World Luxury Spa Awards and World Luxury Restaurant Awards are established global organisations providing luxury spas and restaurants with recognition for world-class service excellence provided to guests. Setting the basis for service industry standards around the world, the companies ...

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Best Design Hotel in Africa & Middle East

South Africa, Stellenbosch; CAPE Winelands luxury small hotel destination Majeka House & Spa has scooped a coveted international award in recognition of their world class interior design. By Lise Manley. Already a recipient of a string of awards and accolades ...

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Vehicle Rental MOTY Award Winners

The South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) has announced Volkswagen as the Manufacturer of The Year (MOTY) in the car rental sector for the seventh consecutive year. The revered SAVRALA’s MOTY award recognises exceptional levels of service, new ...

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World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2016 Results

The World Luxury Restaurant Awards is an established global organization that provides luxury restaurants with recognition for world-class service excellence provided to guests. Setting the basis for service industry standards around the world, the awards company prides itself on providing ...

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World Luxury Spa Awards 2016 Results

The World Luxury Spa Awards is an established global organization that provides luxury spas with recognition for world-class service excellence provided to guests. Setting the basis for service industry standards around the world, the awards company prides itself on providing ...

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World Luxury Hotel Awards

And the winner is… Hotels in Australia, South Africa, and Thailand fared well at the the 9th Annual World Luxury Hotel Awards, which was hosted at the prestigious Harbour Grand Hong Kong on Saturday 24th October 2015. Hosted by international ...

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2015 SAVRALA Motor Manufacturer Award

Celebrating its 20th year, the SAVRALA 2015 Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) was revealed during a gala award ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton on 23 October. Incredibly, for six consecutive years, Volkswagen South Africa (VW) took the accolade ...

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Lilizela 2015 Finalists Announced

Congratulations to the Lilizela Tourism Award finalists. Their achievement represents recognition from both their clients, and the travel trade at large for their respective commitment to service excellence and innovation, which contributes to growing South Africa’s global destination competitiveness, writes ...

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Tourism Expert Honoured

The African Travel and Tourism Association (Atta) recently awarded Colin Bell an Honorary Lifetime Membership of the association for his outstanding contribution to the African tourism industry. Atta CEO Nigel Vere Nicoll commented: ‘We are delighted that Colin Bell, co-founder ...

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South Coast Swings Major Awards

South Coast Tourism and its members are doing something right – in March alone, members and the tourism body itself were recognized on two different platforms for levels of excellence and in the past six months, no less than 14 ...

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