year, the respected World Travel Awards puts together a series of regional Gala
Ceremonies from north to south to celebrate and recognise the successes of
tourism and hospitality establishments.
year the World Travel Awards celebrated its 23rd anniversary and the
2016 red-carpet Gala Ceremony, World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean,
was held in Zanzibar and hundreds of industry leaders and representatives attended
the event to celebrate, rejoice and congratulate the title winners of the
respective categories which revealed the best of the best.
the African section of the ceremony Kenya walked away with 21 of the 57 titles and
won Africa’s leading airline with Kenya Airways and the renowned Masai Mara
National Reserve got crowned as the best national park on the continent in
Africa also won a great deal of awards at the Gala Ceremony and excelled as
title winners in 11 categories with Sawubona as Africa’s leading in-flight
magazine, OR Tambo International
Airport as the leading airport and travelstart.co.za as the best agency in
the Indian Ocean region the Maldives and Seychelles came out at the top with 15
and 11 leading titles respectively, from a total of 39 awards. The Maldives was
named as the Indian Ocean’s leading destination, the leading dive destination
and also the leading honeymoon destination. Seychelles is the leading cruise
destination with Air Seychelles as the best airline and also the Indian Ocean’s
leading cabin crew. One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius is the leading
resort and another Mauritian favourite, Constance Le Prince Maurice, was voted
as the leading luxury resort.
the regional winners will compete in the Grand Final Gala Ceremony which will
be held at the Olhuveli Beach & Spa Resort in the Malidves on the 2nd
of December 2016.
are some more winners from the World Travel Awards Africa:
Leading Boutique Hotel: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
elite and ultra-exclusive Saxon Hotel in Sandhurst is known for its gracious
hospitality, gourmet meals prepared by South Africa’s top chefs and an award-winning
spa. Even former president, Nelson Mandela, called it home while he worked on
“Long Walk to Freedom”.
Leading Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
as the leading cruise line and also the first cruise line to be named Gay
Travel Approved by GayTravel.com, is a vacation that is more than just a
cruise. The cruise line travels to incredible destinations with luxurious and
entertaining on board experiences offering exhilarating relaxation for young an
Leading Responsible Tourism Award: &Beyond
&beyond brand, a luxury experiential travel company, believes in the concept of shared
responsibility. Taking less and giving more is their aim and every decision
that’s being made at their lodges across 15 African countries revolves around
their core ethic of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the
Leading Luxury Train: The Blue Train
railway luxury and climb aboard the Blue Train where kings and presidents have
travelled before you. The service, décor and landscapes will take you back to a
simpler time but with all the world-class modern hotel and dining facilities
you’ll ever need.
Leading National Park: Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
greatest wildlife reserve with its diverse and spectacular eco-system and
Maasai warriors is situated in the south-west of Kenya, next to Serengeti
National Park where one of the greatest natural events, the wildebeest
migration, takes place year after year.
Leading Private Game Reserve: Shambala Private Reserve, South Africa
five star tranquil reserve situated in a malaria-free area of almost 10 000
hectares in Limpopo boasts endless views, spacious Zulu-inspired rooms, spa
facilities, bush picnics, star-gazing experiences and a wide variety of fauna
do you think will walk away with the global titles at the Grand Final Gala Ceremony at the end of the
year? Have a look at the regional winners and see if you can guess who is truly
the travel industry’s cream of the crop.