Daily Archives: September 18, 2015

KZN Provincial Lilizela Awards announced

KwaZulu-Natal announced the names of the provincial winners of the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards at an awards ceremony held on September 16 at the Greyville Racecourse.

KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu said: “Congratulations to all the winners from KwaZulu-Natal. It is so pleasing to see so many members of the trade within the province participating at these awards; it goes to show that they too value the importance of delivering excellent service to our visitors.”

The winners are:

 Three Star, Backpackers and Hostelling – Happy Hippo Lodge and Backpackers
 Three Star, Bed & Breakfast – Lala Khona Lodge
 Four Star, Bed & Breakfast – St.Lucia Wetlands Guest House
 Five Star, Bed & Breakfast – Westville B & B
 Five Star, Country House – Days at Sea Beach Lodge
 Four Star, Country House – Lythwood Lodge
 Five Star, Game Lodge – Zulu Waters Shaka Lodge
 Four Star, Guest House – Lodge Afrique
 Five Star,Guest House – AmmaZulu African Palace
 One Star Hotel – Road Lodge, Richards Bay
 Two Star Hotel – StayEasy Pietermaritzburg
 Three Star Hotel – Garden Court Umhlanga
 Four Star Hotel – Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
 Five Star Hotel – Oyster Box Hotel
 Three Star Lodge – Rain Farm Game and Lodge
 Four Star Lodge – Three Tree at Spioenkop
 Five Star Lodge – Amakhosi Safari Lodge
 Three Star, Self-catering – Villa La Palma
 Five Star, Self-catering – Caban Beach Resort
 Wildlife Encounters – Amakhosi Safari Lodge
 Lap of Luxury – The Oyster Box Hotel
 Action and adventure – Wild 5 Adventures
 Marine Adventures – Ushaka Marine World
 Tourist Guide, Nature – Duval Pierre
 Tourist Guide, Culture – Jeffery Mthandeni Buthelezi
 Emerging – Access2Africa Safaris
 Experience General – Acces2AfricaSafaris
 Accommodation, Mobility – Garden Court Ulundi
 Experience, Hearing – Access2AfricaSafaris
 Experience, Visibility – Access2AfricaSafaris
 Experience, Mobility – Access2AfricaSafaris
 ETEYA – My Travel
 MEC’s Awards – Mr & Mrs Nzuza

The national Lilizela winners will be announced at the Sandton Convention Centre on October 22.

Workshop on eco-friendly decor

The Event Greening Forum and Meetings magazine are holding a workshop on eco-friendly decorating on October 22.

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ACSA takes part in first African World Routes conference

Leaders in aviation, tourism and government are arriving in Durban for the World Routes Conference 2015 from September 19-22.

Over 2 500 delegates, comprising of 250 airlines, 650 airports, 170 tourism authorities will gather for 8 000 pre-arranged meetings. This will be the first time that the event is being held on African soil, an indication of the continent’s growing stature in the global aviation industry. World Routes is a platform to foster and strengthen networks with key and potential partners, while sharing best practices with industry players from around the world.

The role of airports as an an engine of local economic development will be unpacked, with Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) CEO, Tebogo Mekgoe, forming part of a panel that will discuss Africa’s aviation growth and steps governments can take to help airlines and boost tourism. ACSA seeks to develop the continent’s aeronautical infrastructure through the transfer of skills and human resource capabilities.

FTT beefs up certification criteria for voluntourism sector

Ahead of the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) to be held in Cape Town next week, Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) has announced that it is collaborating with global and local NGOs to develop additional certification criteria that will address the potential exploitation of children and captive-held wildlife within the voluntourism sector.

Fair Trade Tourism is the first certification scheme to develop specific criteria for the multi-billion dollar global voluntourism industry. The social and economic contribution of volunteers in developing countries is potentially huge, yet there is little oversight of this burgeoning industry, which largely targets the youth.

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