OR Tambo International crowned top airport on the continent

2016-04-11 10:06 - Louzel Lombard
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Cape Town - OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg has been named Africa's leading airport in the 2016 World Travel Awards for Africa and the Indian Ocean. 

This comes after South Africa's Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport in Durban and OR Tambo International Airport were three out of the seven airports nominated for Africa’s Leading Airport award for 2016.

Apart from the SA airports, other African airport nominees were Cairo International Airport in Egypt, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Mohammed V International Airport in Morocco. 

OR Tambo ousted all of the aforementioned airports on the continent to claim the top laurels for the 23rd World Travel Awards, voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide. 

The winners of Africa and the Indian Ocean were announced at a gala event hosted by Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est on the northern tip of Zanzibar, off Tanzania's coast. 

Among the winners was Kenya Airways, recognised as both Africa’s Leading Airline and Africa’s Leading Airline for Business Class. In winning the leading airline award, Kenya Airways unseated SA flag carrier South African Airways in the category. 

READ MORE HERE: Kenya Airways unseats SAA as 2016 WTA best airline in Africa

Other South African companies crowned leaders in Africa were online booking site Travelstart, crowned ‘Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency’, and Rhino Africa, Singita Game Reserves and Shambala Private Reserve which were all crowned leading safari companies in Africa. 

You can see more about the safari leaders in Africa here: Thinking of Safari? Here are the best safari operators in Africa

In other categories, Nairobi Serena Hotel in Kenya took the title of Africa's Leading Green Hotel, while Indian Ocean's Leading Destination went to the Maldives.

A full list of the winners from the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony can be seen here.

The World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. 

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