MPUMALANGA TOURISM BUSINESSES SHINE AT THE LILIZELA TOURISM PROVINCIAL AWARDS

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The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency announced the names of the provincial winners of the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony held on 7 September 2018 at Emnotweni Arena in Nelspuit where all the province’s finalists were publically honoured for their contribution to service excellence and quality assurance in the tourism industry.
 

 


The theme for the Lilizela Tourism Awards for 2018 is Honouring the Best of the Best, befitting as the awards recognise and reward the highest levels of excellence in tourism value chain. The Lilizela Tourism Awards celebrate tourism businesses that showcase best business practices, quality assurance and service excellence contributing to making South Africa a globally competitive tourism destination. They are the ultimate reward for entrepreneurial and service excellence that sets global benchmark standards. 


The Lilizela Tourism Awards are an opportunity to celebrate professionalism, creativity and innovation in the industry. The provincial awards are being held in the month of September – which is also the time that South Africa and the tourism industry at large celebrate Tourism Month.

“We would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners.  Each year we are encouraged by the quality of products and services that enter the Lilizela Tourism Awards. These awards are our way of recognising the hard work in setting the bar high and helping to make South Africa such a highly regarded must-visit destination, for local and international tourists alike”, said Mr Johannes Nobunga, CEO of Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.


“Mpumalanga received a total of 110 entries for 2018 compared to 170 received in 2017. The ceremony tonight will see 34 finalists being awarded certificates, with 32 of them being winners that will proceed to represent Mpumalanga in the national awards ceremony to be held in Gauteng”, commented Nobunga.

 

“We wish to congratulate our provincial winners for their achievements and all their hard work as well as the effort they have put into positioning their products and especially the province. We believe that this achievement will enable others to learn from this outstanding work that is being delivered and further motivate others to participate” concluded Nobunga.
 

The Mpumalanga provincial winners as selected by independent judges are:

Name of Establishment

Category

Star Grading

Status

Action & Adventure

Lowveld Extreme Adventures

Action & Adventure

0

Winner

Bed & Breakfast

Matumi Golf Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

5

Winner

Blue Jay Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

4

Winner

La Picasso Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast

3

Winner

Caravan & Camping

Badplaas A Forever Resort Caravan Park

Caravan & Camping

3

Winner

Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop

Caravan & Camping

2

Winner

Country House

Umsisi House

Country House

5

Winner

ETEYA Awards

Vomba Tours and Transfers

ETEYA Awards

0

Winner

Game Lodge

Tintswalo Safari Lodge

Game Lodge

5

Winner

Tintswalo Manor House

Game Lodge

4

Winner

Umlani Bushcamp

Game Lodge

3

Winner

Guest House

Loerie's Call Guesthouse

Guest House

5

Winner

La Roca Guest House

Guest House

4

Winner

Selati 103 Guest Cottages

Guest House

3

Winner

Hotel

Akabeko Boutique Hotel

Hotel

5

Winner

Country Boutique Hotel

Hotel

4

Winner

Fortis Hotel Malaga

Hotel

3

Winner

Town Lodge Mbombela

Hotel

2

Winner

Road Lodge Mbombela

Hotel

1

Winner

Lodge

Needles Safari Lodge

Lodge

4

Winner

Sabie River Bush Lodge

Lodge

3

Winner

Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)

Badplaas A Forever Resort Conference

Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)

3

Winner

Scenic Beauty

Graskop Gorge Lift Company

Scenic Beauty

0

Winner

Self-catering Exclusive

Valbonne Villa at Tomjachu Bush Retreat

Self-catering Exclusive

5

Winner

The Cycad Lodge & Chalets

Self-catering Exclusive

4

Winner

Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safaris

Self-catering Exclusive

3

Winner

Self-catering Shared Vacation

Ngwenya Lodge

Self-catering Shared Vacation

4

Winner

Jackalberry Ridge

Self-catering Shared Vacation

3

Winner

Graskop Holiday Resort

Self-catering Shared Vacation

1

Winner

Tour Operators

Ntwanano Tours and Travel

Tour Operators

0

Winner

Wildlife Encounters

Ngwenya Lodge

Wildlife Encounters

4

Winner

 

The National Winners will be announced at the Sandton Convention Centre on 17th  of  November 2017.

 

To view the full list of finalists and winners visit www.lilizela.co.za or www.mpumalanga.com


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