Cape Town - The spotlight is on Africa which will host the World Travel Awards in Rwanda for the first time, with the Africa Gala Ceremony 2017 set to take place in the country's capital, Kigali, on 10 October.
Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies to recognise and celebrate success within a key geographical region.
World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke, says “It will be an honour for World Travel Awards to visit Rwanda for the first time, later this year.
“The heart of Africa, Rwanda is rightfully known for being the home of mountain gorillas, its spectacular scenery – think thundering waterfalls, towering mountains and virgin rainforests – and other rare wildlife. This is a fantastic opportunity for Rwanda to claim its rightful place as Africa's rising star.”
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The South African flag is flying high at this year's awards as many of Mzansi's travel and tourism offerings have been nominated in a number of categories.
In the Africa Nominees 2017 Air category, South African Airways, Kulula and Mango were nominated for a number of awards, while Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, and O.R. Tambo International Airport were all nominated for Africa's Leading Airport 2017.
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Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Durban were nominated for Africa's Leading Cruise Ports, while Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay were nominated for Africa's Leading Beach Destinations.
South Africa was also nominated in the following categories: Africa's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2017, Africa's Leading National Park 2017, Africa's Responsible Tourism Award 2017 and also received multiple nominations in the overall category of Hotels and Resorts.
To see the full list of all SA's nominations, click here. Voting closes on 21 August 2017, so make sure you check out the full list of Africa's nominees here and vote for SA!
For the full list of global nominees, click here.
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World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, it is a brand recognised globally as a hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
South Africa has achieved a number of wins over the years at World Travel Awards, and we're crossing our fingers for even more wins this year.
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We're all for #AfriTravel and quite excited about the Africa nominees in the Attraction category. Check out this year's contenders - three of which are in South Africa:
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Robben Island, South Africa
Table Mountain, South Africa
V&A Waterfront, South Africa