SA voted Star All-Round Destination by UK travellers, but there's more...

2017-09-14 06:30 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - We don't mean to brag, but sometimes when these awards roll around, we tend to go, "Another one?!"

However this was somewhat of a bumper celebration of good old Mzansi's tourism offerings. Not only was its adventure and culture experiences recognised, but we're home to one of the top 10 city experiences in the world - according to travellers from one of SA's top international visitor markets - the Brits.

The UK is seen as  one of SA’s most important source markets. With International arrivals increasing by a lucrative 12% last year - between January and May 2017, some 209 891 British tourist from the UK enjoyed our sunny shores and good wine, marking a 2.5% increase when compared to the same period last year.

Star All-Round Destination

As a result, South Africa was awarded the Star All-Round Destination accolade in the Travel Bulletin Star Awards 2017, the UK travel trade's most prestigious awards programme on Monday, 4 September says South African Tourism.

South Africa was also a finalist in four other categories, including Star Adventure & Activity Holidays Destination and Star Cultural & Heritage Holidays Destination.

The Travel Bulletin Star Awards, now in their 21st year, cover every sector of the tourism industry, serving to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence by acknowledging the suppliers that provided the best products and services.

The awards are voted for exclusively by UK high street multiple, independent, online and home-based travel agents, championing the companies and destinations they consider to be the very best.

Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2017 wins

The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards for 2017 were released this week too, with SA clinching a few titles with its readers as well.

Celebrating the world’s most incredible travel experiences, the Condé Nast Traveller Readers travel awards sees travellers rate their favourite countries, cities, islands, hotels, spas, airlines and tour operators against criteria such as service, design, culture and value for money to produce an overall satisfaction score out of 100.

Not only did an SA establishment take the overall title for the Middle East, Africa & The Indian Ocean region but quite a few made the runner's up list. In the Countries category, South Africa was awarded sixth place, while Cape Town was voted seventh in the Overseas Cities category.

Overseas Holiday Hotels category overall winner for MEAI - Singita Sabi Sand

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SA's Top 20 runners up includes:

Ellerman House, Cape Town

Londolozi Game Reserve

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat

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One&Only Cape Town

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Cape View Clifton Cape Town

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South African Tourism Hub Head, UK & Ireland Tolene van Der Merwe says, “We’re absolutely delighted that South Africa’s offering has been recognised by so many awards this week from the UK travel industry, key partners in the trade as well as holidaymakers themselves.

"It really underlines what a fantastic array of experiences our beautiful country has to offer.  As we work towards contributing to achieving our 5 in 5 strategy of adding five million more arrivals to South Africa within the next five years, we’re looking forward to continuing to put South Africa on every UK traveller’s wish list in 2018 and beyond."

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