16 September 2016

South Africa comes out on top at Business Traveller Africa Awards

At the fifth annual Business Traveller Africa Conference and Awards, held on 1 September 2016, we saw multiple South African companies win out of the total 22 awards, with many more nominated. The ceremony took place at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Firstly, we would like to say how proud we are of our South African trade and stand behind all the winners and nominees.

It was Tourvest that came out as the biggest winner of the day with three of its brands winning in the categories they were nominated in. These wins were “Best Forex Supplier” for American Express Foreign Exchange, “Best South African Hotel Group” for African Hotels & Adventures, and “Best Travel Sales Team” for Tourvest Travel Services.

SAA was another South African brand that won multiple times on the day, being named “Best African Regional Short-Haul Airline” and “Best African Long-Haul Airline”.

With regards to the large conference venue category, it was the Cape Town International Convention Centre that ending the long reign of the Sandton Convention Centre – both incredible examples of the pinnacle of South African conference venues.

South African Tourism is incredibly proud of all our South African winners and nominees. They are all testament to South Africa’s dominant tourism industry and all play a role in the growth of this country.

Below is the full list of winners and nominees at the fifth annual Business Traveller Africa Conference and Awards:

The full list of nominees and winners is as follows (in alphabetical order):

African Long-Haul Airline

  • Air Mauritius
  • Air Namibia
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • SAA (winner)

African Low-Cost Airline

  • FlySafair
  • Kulula (winner)
  • Mango

African Regional Short-Haul Airline

  • Airlink
  • Comair (BA & Kulula)
  • Mango
  • SAA (winner)
  • SA Express

Airport Business Lounge

  • Emirates (ORTIA - International)
  • SAA Baobab (ORTIA – International)
  • SLOW Lounge (ORTIA - Domestic)
  • SLOW Lounge (ORTIA - International) (winner) 
  • Virgin Atlantic (ORTIA - International)

Business Class

  • British Airways
  • Emirates (winner)
  • Etihad
  • Qatar Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic

Business Hotel in SA

  • African Pride Crystal Towers
  • African Pride Melrose Arch
  • The Maslow Hotel (winner)
  • The Westin Cape Town

Car Rental Company

  • Avis
  • Bidvest Car Rental
  • Europcar (winner)
  • First Car Rental
  • Hertz

Forex Supplier

  • American Express Foreign Exchange (winner)
  • American Express Global Card
  • Bidvest Bank

Global Distribution System

  • Amadeus (winner)
  • Sabre
  • Travelport

International Hotel Group

  • Four Seasons
  • Hilton
  • Hyatt
  • Marriott (winner)
  • Starwood

International Long-Haul Airline

  • British Airways
  • Emirates (winner)
  • Lufthansa
  • Qatar Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic

Large Conference Venue

  • Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre (winner)
  • Century City Conference Centre
  • International Convention Centre Durban
  • Sandton Convention Centre

Large Hotel Conference Venue

  • Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre
  • Century City Conference Centre
  • Indaba Hotel & Conference Centre
  • The Westin Cape Town (winner)

Luxury Hotel in SA

  • Michelangelo Hotel
  • One&Only Cape Town 
  • The Oyster Box (winner)
  • The Palazzo Hotel
  • Twelve Apostles

Private Aviation Operator

  • Comair Flight Services (winner)
  • ExecuJet 
  • Federal Air
  • NAC

Small Conference Venue

  • FNB Conference Centre
  • The Forum Campus (winner)
  • The Forum Turbine Hall

Small Hotel Conference Venue

  • African Pride Melrose Arch
  • Sandton Lodge Rivonia
  • Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa (winner)

South African Hotel Group

  • AHA (winner)
  • City Lodge Hotels
  • Legacy Hotels & Resorts
  • Sun International
  • Tsogo Sun

Travel Credit Card Provider

  • American Express (winner)
  • Diners Club 
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Travel Management Company

  • American Express Travel Services
  • BCD Travel
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel (winner)
  • HRG Rennies Travel
  • Travel with Flair

Travel Sales Team

  • Europcar
  • Thompsons Travel
  • Tourvest Travel Services (winner)

Visa Service Provider

  • MDS VisaPak
  • Visas & Passports Unlimited
  • Visas Direct
  • Visa Express
  • Visas International (winner)

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