MPUMALANGA TOURISM PROVIDERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE AT THE PROVINCIAL LILIZELA TOURISM AWARDS

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The Mpumalanga Province announced the names of the provincial winners of the 2016 Lilizela Tourism Awards. The announcement was made at an awards ceremony held on September 9, 2016 at the Nutting House Lodge in Mbombela where all the province’s finalists were publically honoured for their contribution to service excellence and quality assurance in the tourism industry.

Billed to recognise only the best in the South African tourism industry, the Lilizela Tourism Awards aim to recognise and reward the highest levels of excellence in the tourism value chain. They are the ultimate reward for entrepreneurial and service excellence that sets global benchmark standards.

“We would like to congratulate all the Mpumalanga finalists and winners.  Each year, we are encouraged by the quality of products and services that enter the Lilizela Tourism Awards. Through their high standards they definitely help us deliver on the brand promise of South Africa being a tourism destination that excels in high levels of quality service excellence.  These businesses’ continued commitment positively enhances South Africa’s global competitiveness,” says Mr Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer at the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.  

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 South Africa and the tourism industry at large celebrate Tourism Month.

“We are delighted with the standard of entries and remain committed to growing the number of entries to ensure our province is well represented next year. This has been a long journey following a rigorous judging process leading to the announcement and we are proud to have come out with good quality products that represent Mpumalanga in the area of service excellence”, said Mr Abe Sibiya, Acting CEO of MTPA.

“Mpumalanga received a total of 79 entries in 2016 which is a decrease from 93 entries in 2015. The ceremony tonight will see 63 finalists being awarded certificates, with 30 of them proceeding to represent Mpumalanga in the national awards ceremony to be held in October 2016 in Gauteng”, commented Sibiya.

“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 Sibiya.

 

The Mpumalanga provincial winners as selected by independent judges are:

ACCOMMODATION AWARDS

 Name of Establishment

 Star Grading

 Category

 Area

 Visit Vakasha Guest Lodge 3

2

 Backpacking & Hosteling

 Emalahleni

 Visit Vakasha Guest Lodge 1

3

 Bed & Breakfast

 Emalahleni

 Hillwatering Country House

4

 Bed & Breakfast

 Sabie

 Matumi Golf Lodge

5

 Bed & Breakfast

 Mbombela

 Blyde Canyon A Forever Resort

3

 Caravan & Camping

 Blyde River Canyon  Nature Reserve

 Welgelegen Manor

5

 Country House

 Balfour

 Jock Safari Lodge

5

 Game Lodge

 Kruger National Park  Area

 Bongani Mountain Lodge

4

 Game Lodge

 Mbombela

 Deletz Guest House

3

 Guest House

 Emalahleni

 Turaco Lodge

4

 Guest House

 Marloth Park

 Loerie's Call Guest House

5

 Guest House

 Mbombela

 Road Lodge Mbombela

1

 Hotel

 Mbombela

 Protea Hotel Highveld

3

 Hotel

 Emalahleni

 Casa Do Sol Hotel

4

 Hotel

 Hazyview

 Sabie River Bush Lodge

3

 Lodge

 Hazyview

 Needles Lodge

4

 Lodge

 Marloth Park

 Ingwenyama Conference &  Sports Resort

3

 Meetings, Exhibitions and  Special Events (MESE)

 White River

 115@Casambo

5

 Meetings, Exhibitions and  Special Events (MESE)

 Mbombela

 Thaba Tsweni Lodge & Safaris

3

 Self-catering Exclusive

 Graskop

 The Cycad Lodge & Chalets

4

 Self-catering Exclusive

 Mbombela

 Valbonne Villa at Tomjachu Bush  Retreat

5

 Self-catering Exclusive

 Mbombela

 Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge

4

 Self-catering Shared  Vacation

 Mbombela

 

VISITOR EXPERIENCE AWARDS

 Name of Establishment

 Category

 Area

 Inyati Game Lodge

 Wildlife Encounters

 Sabi Sands Reserve

 Lowveld National Botanical Garden

 Scenic Beauty

 Mbombela

 Induna Adventures

 Action & Adventure

 Hazyview

 Matsamo Customs and traditions  center

 Roots & Culture

 Nkomazi

 Emhlangeni Archery & Fishing

 Culture & Lifestyle

 Delmas

 

TOURIST GUIDE

 Name

 Category

 Area

 Bethuel Mkhonto

 Nature

 Operating in the Kruger National  Park

 Raymond Khosa

 Nature

 Operating in the Kruger National  Park

 

EMERGING TOURISM Entrepreneur OF THE YEAR AWARD (ETEYA)

 Name

 Area

 KwaBhekizihambi Guest House

 White River

 

The National Winners will be announced at the Sandton Convention Centre on 16th of October 2016.

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

 

Enquiries:

Mrs. Kholofelo Nkambule

Senior Manager: Communications & PR

Tel. +27 13 759 5550 | Cell. +27 82 451 2548

Email: kholo@mtpa.co.za | www.mpumalanga.com

 



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