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The best of the best in the tourism sector celebrated at the Provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards

KKwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has announced the names of 45 provincial finalists at the 5th Annual Lilizela Tourism Awards hosted by the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala at a glitzy ceremony held last night, 7 September 2917, at Umfolozi Casino in Richards Bay.

Billed to recognise and celebrate tourism business for their excellence, their contribution to the country’s global competitiveness and for their role in growing the sectors contribution the GDP as well as the creation of new employment opportunities, the awards aim to recognise those that deliver world class experiences and services in KZN and South Africa.

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala reiterated the importance of excellent service in the tourism sector and said “Recognition of achievement enhances our performance and stimulates the motivation for greater success in the future. Excellent service serves as a basis of growing our Provincial tourism sector. If visitors receive great services here, they will keep coming back to KZN and will also serve as our ambassadors who will spread the word about our destination back home.”

The provincial awards are being held in the month of September – which is also the time the South Africa and the tourism industry at large celebrate Tourism Month. This year, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal will use this month to drive the “We Do Tourism” campaign that echoes the importance that ordinary citizen plays as ambassadors of tourism.

Zikalala concluded the night by thanking members of the tourism sector for the example they are setting for others, “Through the Lilizela Awards, we showcase our proud beacons of excellence and we are confident that it will encourage tourism stakeholders to continually provide world class, authentic, memorable experiences to local and international travellers. This will foster success in tourism and resulting in a more sustainable tourism sector.”

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial winners as selected by independent judges are:

Establishment

Accommodation Awards

Star Grading

Happy Hippo Accommodation

Backpacking & Hostelling

3 Star

Westville B & B

Bed & Breakfast

5 Star

Kwalala Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

4 Star

Azalea Bed and Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast

3 Star

Qabuleka B & B

Bed & Breakfast

2 Star

AKTV Natalia Beach Resort

Caravan & Camping

4 Star

AKTV Drakensville Holiday Resort

Caravan & Camping

3 Star

Days at Sea Beach Lodge

Country House

5 Star

Lythwood Lodge

Country House

4 Star

Hawklee Country House

Country House

3 Star

Karkloof Safari Spa

Game Lodge

5 Star

Leopard Mountain

Game Lodge

4 Star

Aha Auberge Hollandaise Guest House

Guest House

5 Star

The Vineyard on Ballito

Guest House

4 Star

Gecko Inn

Guest House

3 Star

Oyster Box Hotel

Hotel

5 Star

Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel

Hotel

4 Star

Garden Court Umhlanga

Hotel

3 Star

Road Lodge Richards Bay

Hotel

1 Star

The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Lodge

5 Star

Three Trees at Spioenkop

Lodge

4 Star

Tembe Elephant Park & Lodge

Lodge

3 Star

AM 171 Marula

Self-catering Exclusive

5 Star

Rockwood Lodges

Self-catering Exclusive

4 Star

Beverley Country Cottages

Self-catering Exclusive

3 Star

Nselweni Bush Lodge

Self-catering Exclusive

2 Star

Casa Ridge

Self-catering Shared Vacation

4 Star

Sodwana Bay Resort

Self-catering Shared Vacation

2 Star

Name

MESE Awards

Star Grading

Suncoast Conference Centre

Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events ( MESE)

5 Star

 

Name

Tour Operator Awards

Bonana Tours

Emerging

Name

Visitor Experience Awards

Big Rush

Action & Adventure

AKTV Natalia Beach Resort

Beach Experience

Splashy Fen Music Festival

Culture & Lifestyle

Kaarkloof Safari Spa

Lap of Luxury

uShaka Marine World

Marine Adventure

Talana Museum

Roots & Culture

Midlands Meander

Scenic Beauty

Amakhosi Lodge ( Pty) Ltd

Wildlife Encounters

Name

Universal Accessibility   Awards

Access2Africa Safaris

Experience Visual

Access2Africa Safaris

Experience Communicative

Name

Tourist Guides Awards

Stacey Farell

Nature

Bongi Thabedo

Culture

Johannes Outram

Adventure

Name

Eteya Awards

Ezulwini Guest House

Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Name

MECs Award

Syavaya Tours

MECs Award

 

The National Winners will be announced at the Sandton Convention Centre on 29 October 2017

To view the full list of finalists and winners visit www.lilizela.co.za                                            

ENDS

About Tourism KwaZulu-Natal

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal was established in 1996 and is responsible for the development, promotion and marketing of tourism into and within the province, both domestically and internationally. The organisation is an entity that reports to the provincial Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

Social links to Tourism KwaZulu-Natal:

Website: https://www.zulu.org.za

Facebook: Tourism KwaZulu-Natal

Instagram: Tourismkzn_offical

Twitter: @TourismKZN

Pinterest: KZN Tourism

Hashtags: #GottaLuvKZN

 

For more information please contact:

Mr Bongani Mthiyane

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal: General Manager: Marketing

031 366 7512 (Office)

078 762 8531 (Mobile)

bongani@zulu.org.za

 

 

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