The tourism awards by Africa Investor were announced just after the last edition went into distribution, missing an earlier broadcast opportunity. However, notably for the Eastern African region, Kenya Airways has scooped the prize for best business airline in Africa, while the Zambian Minister for Tourism, Environment, and Natural Resources, the Hon. Catherine Namugala, won the recognition as best tourism minister on the continent, incidentally at a time when the status of the Victoria Falls as a global heritage site is under threat since the joint submission of documents and data by Zambia and Zimbabwe is nearing its extended deadline, while the work to be done by bureaucrats is far from complete.
Mombasa was termed the “tourism investor city of the year,” while Zimbabwe received mention as “up and coming tourism destination of the year.” The Eco Tourism Society in Kenya was honored as “best initiative in facilitating small and medium enterprises tourism investments,” but sadly Uganda was absent from the winners table once again, giving hopefully some incentive to the local tourism trade and bureaucracy to do better in 2010. The award ceremony was held last week in Harare, Zimbabwe.