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World Travel Awards 2019: Complete list of winners for Africa & the Indian Ocean

The World Travel Awards took place in Mauritius. Businesses from all over Africa were competing to be the best of the best. This is the 26th Wrld Tavel Awards organized by Graham Cooke. African Tourism Board President Alain St. Ange attended.

The full list of Indian Ocean & of Africa winners of the 26th World Travel Awards™.

Indian Ocean

Indian Ocean’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination 2019 Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline 2019 Air Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2019 Air Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Economy Class 2019 Air Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand 2019 Air Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport 2019 Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Airport Lounge 2019 Air Mauritius The Amédée Maingard Lounge @ Mauritius International Airport
Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination 2019 Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Resort 2019 Andilana Beach Resort, Madagascar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand 2019 PER AQUUM Hotels & Resorts
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew 2019 Air Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Europcar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Destination 2019 Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Line 2019 Cunard
Indian Ocean’s Leading Cruise Port 2019 Port Victoria, Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel 2019 Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination 2019 Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination Management Company 2019 Mautourco, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination 2019 Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Resort 2019 Constance Moofushi, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Family Resort 2019 The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination 2019 Madagascar
Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Resort 2019 Reethi Faru Resort, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2019 Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Resort 2019 JA Manafaru Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel 2019 The Oberoi Beach Resort, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Brand 2019 Constance Hotels & Resorts
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Residences 2019 Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Indian Ocean’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Royal Island Suite @ JA Manafaru, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Leisure Hotel 2019 Hulhule Island Hotel, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 John Jacob Astor Estate @ The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Island Resort 2019 Velaa Private Island
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Resort 2019 The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2019 Hey Hey Maldives Pvt LTD
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Villa Resort 2019 Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Luxury Water Villa 2019 Ocean Suites @ Paradise Island Resort & Spa, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading MICE Hotel 2019 Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Nature Destination 2019 Reunion Island
Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort 2019 The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resort
Indian Ocean’s Leading Private Island Resort 2019 Velaa Private Island, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort 2019 One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Leading Seaplane Operator 2019 Trans Maldivian Airways
Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination 2019 Seychelles
Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board 2019 Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority
Indian Ocean’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Simply Maldives Holidays
Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa Resort 2019 Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Indian Ocean’s Leading Water Villa Resort 2019 Sun Aqua Vilu Reef, Maldives
Indian Ocean’s Leading Wedding Destination 2019 Mauritius
Indian Ocean’s Most Romantic Resort 2019 Baros Maldives

Madagascar

Madagascar’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Madagascar’s Leading Hotel 2019 Anjajavy Le Lodge
Madagascar’s Leading Resort 2019 Andilana Beach Resort

Maldives

Maldives’ Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019 Lily Beach Resort & Spa
Maldives’ Leading Beach Resort 2019 Fushifaru Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Boutique Resort 2019 Amaya Kuda Rah Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Family Resort 2019 Kanuhura Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Green Resort 2019 aaaVeee Nature’s Paradise
Maldives’ Leading Honeymoon Resort 2019 Four Seasons Maldives Private Island at Voavah
Maldives’ Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Royal Island Suite @ JA Manafaru
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 John Jacob Astor Estate @ The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Island Resort 2019 Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Resort 2019 The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2019 Premier Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Luxury Villa Resort 2019 Cheval Blanc Randheli
Maldives’ Leading Resort 2019 Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Maldives’ Leading Travel Agency 2019 Get Into Maldives Travels
Maldives’ Leading Villa Resort 2019 Constance Halaveli Maldives
Maldives’ Leading Water Villa Resort 2019 Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Mauritius

Mauritius’ Leading All Suite Resort 2019 Sands Suites Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Beach Resort 2019 Sugar Beach, A Sun Resort, Mauritius
Mauritius’ Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
Mauritius’ Leading Conference Hotel 2019 Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Destination Management Company 2019 Mautourco
Mauritius’ Leading Family Resort 2019 Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa
Mauritius’ Leading Green Resort 2019 Constance Belle Mare Plage
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel 2019 The Oberoi Beach Resort, Mauritius
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel Residences 2019 Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Mauritius’ Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Ocean Suite @ One&Only Le Saint Géran
Mauritius’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 Villa One @ One&Only Le Saint Géran
Mauritius’ Leading Luxury Resort 2019 The St. Regis Mauritius Resort
Mauritius’ Leading Resort 2019 Constance Prince Maurice
Mauritius’ Leading Travel Agency 2019 BlueSky

Reunion Island

Reunion Island’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Reunion Island’s Leading Hotel 2019 LUX* Saint Gilles

Seychelles

Seychelles’ Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Le Château de Feuilles
Seychelles’ Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Seychelles’ Leading Conference Hotel 2019 Eden Bleu Hotel
Seychelles’ Leading Family Resort 2019 Constance Ephelia
Seychelles’ Leading Green Resort 2019 The H Resort, Beau Vallon Beach
Seychelles’ Leading Hotel 2019 Constance Lémuria Seychelles
Seychelles’ Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Three-Bedroom Beach Suite @ Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 Two Bedroom Oceanfront Pool Villa @ Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa
Seychelles’ Leading Luxury Resort 2019 Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island
Seychelles’ Leading Resort 2019 JA Enchanted Island Resort

 

Africa

Africa’s Leading Airline 2019 Ethiopian Airlines
Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2019 Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class 2019 Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airline Brand 2019 Ethiopian Airlines
Africa’s Leading Airport 2019 Cape Town International Airport, South Africa
Africa’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019 Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2019 Diani Beach, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Beach Resort 2019 Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand 2019 Mantis Collection
Africa’s Leading Business Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Africa’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria
Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency 2019 Satguru Travel & Tourism
Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination 2019 Nairobi, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Europcar
Africa’s Leading Casino Resort 2019 Sun City Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading City Destination 2019 Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading City Hotel 2019 Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019 Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa’s Leading Conservation Company 2019 Mantis Collection
Africa’s Leading Cruise Line 2019 Silversea Cruises
Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2019 Port of Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Curated Group Travel Company 2019 Rovia
Africa’s Leading Design Hotel 2019 MannaBay, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Destination 2019 Kenya
Africa’s Leading Destination Management Company 2019 Destination Kenya
Africa’s Leading Family Resort 2019 Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination 2019 Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand 2019 Singita Game Reserves
Africa’s Leading Green Hotel 2019 Aberdare Country Club, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Hotel 2019 Selman Marrakech, Morocco
Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand 2019 Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences 2019 The Residences at Leopard Beach Resort & Spa
Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite @ Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Inflight Magazine 2019 Sawubona (South African Airways)
Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2019 fastjet
Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2019 The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 Villa Two @ Ellerman House, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2019 Thanda Island, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2019 Silvan Safari, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2019 Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort 2019 Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco
Africa’s Leading Luxury Safari Lodge 2019 Omaanda
Africa’s Leading Luxury Tented Safari Camp 2019 Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2019 Abercrombie & Kent
Africa’s Leading Luxury Train 2019 The Blue Train
Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2019 Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2019 Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading MICE Hotel 2019 The Westin Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s Leading National Park 2019 Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading New Hotel 2019 Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Botswana
Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency 2019 FlightSite
Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2019 Shambala Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Private Island Resort 2019 Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
Africa’s Leading Resort 2019 Sun City Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading River Cruise Company 2019 Zambezi Queen Collection
Africa’s Leading Safari Company 2019 Go2Africa
Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Thanda Safari Lodge at Thanda Safari, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 Lawhill Luxury Apartments, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Sports Resort 2019 Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 Finch Hattons, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Tour Operator 2019 Pollman’s Tours & Safaris
Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019 Table Mountain, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2019 Kenya Tourism Board
Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Club Travel, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Travel Club 2019 Beekman Managed Portfolio
Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company 2019 FCM Travel Solutions
Africa’s Most Romantic Resort 2019 Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique
Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award 2019 Gamewatchers Safaris

Algeria

Algeria’s Leading Hotel 2019 Sheraton Annaba Hotel

Angola

Angola’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
Angola’s Leading Hotel 2019 EPIC SANA Luanda Hotel

Benin

Benin’s Leading Hotel 2019 Benin Marina Hotel

Botswana

Botswana’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Botswana’s Leading Hotel 2019 Peermont Walmont at The Grand Palm
Botswana’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Sanctuary Chief’s Camp
Botswana’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 Gomoti Plains

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso’s Leading Hotel 2019 Laico Ouaga 2000

Burundi

Burundi’s Leading Hotel 2019 Roca Golf Hotel

Cameroon

Cameroon’s Leading Hotel 2019 Hilton Yaounde

Cape Verde

Cape Verde’s Leading Hotel 2019 Hilton Cabo Verde Sal Resort
Cape Verde’s Leading Resort 2019 IBEROSTAR Club Boa Vista

Cote d’Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
Cote d’Ivoire’s Leading Hotel 2019 Sofitel Abidjan Hotel Ivoire

Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of Congo’s Leading Hotel 2019 Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of Congo’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Kempinski Hotel Fleuve Congo Kinshasa

Egypt

Egypt’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019 Hilton Sharks Bay Resort
Egypt’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Egypt’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
Egypt’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019 Hyatt Regency Sharm El Sheikh Resort
Egypt’s Leading Destination Management Company 2019 Travco Travel Company of Egypt
Egypt’s Leading Family Resort 2019 Sultan Gardens Resort
Egypt’s Leading Green Hotel 2019 Adrère Amellal Eco Lodge
Egypt’s Leading Hotel 2019 Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Egypt’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Pyramids Suite @ Marriott Mena House, Cairo
Egypt’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 Queen Cleopatra Villa @ Royal Savoy Villas, Sharm El Sheikh
Egypt’s Leading Resort 2019 Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay
Egypt’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Kimidar Tours

Eswatini

Eswatini’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
Eswatini’s Leading Hotel 2019 The Royal Villas Eswatini

Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s Leading Hotel 2019 Hilton Addis Ababa

Gabon

Gabon’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
Gabon’s Leading Hotel 2019 Radisson Blu Okoume Palace Hotel, Libreville

Gambia

Gambia’s Leading Hotel 2019 Mandina Lodges at Makasutu Forest

Ghana

Ghana’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Villa Monticello
Ghana’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Ghana Car Rentals
Ghana’s Leading Hotel 2019 Accra City Hotel
Ghana’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel Accra
Ghana’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 Kwarleyz Residence Accra

Kenya

Kenya’s Leading Beach Resort 2019 Baobab Beach Resort & Spa
Kenya’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 The Maji Beach Boutique Hotel
Kenya’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Crowne Plaza Nairobi
Kenya’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Glory Car Hire
Kenya’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019 Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi
Kenya’s Leading Domestic Safari Carrier 2019 Fly540
Kenya’s Leading Hotel 2019 Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel
Kenya’s Leading Hotel Residences 2019 Palacina The Residence & The Suites
Kenya’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Tribe Hotel
Kenya’s Leading Inbound Tour Operator 2019 Pollman’s Tours & Safaris
Kenya’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2019 Villa Rosa Kempinski Nairobi
Kenya’s Leading Resort 2019 Great Rift Valley Lodge & Golf Resort
Kenya’s Leading Safari Camp Brand 2019 Heritage Hotels
Kenya’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Sirikoi Lodge
Kenya’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 Angama Mara
Kenya’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Bonfire Adventures
Kenya’s Leading Travel Management Company 2019 CWT Kenya

Malawi

Malawi’s Leading Hotel 2019 Ngala Beach Lodge

Mali

Mali’s Leading Hotel 2019 Radisson Blu Hotel, Bamako

Morocco

Morocco’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019 Barceló Palmeraie
Morocco’s Leading Beach Resort 2019 Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort
Morocco’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Art Place Hotel & Ryad
Morocco’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Kenzi Tower Hotel Casablanca
Morocco’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Europcar
Morocco’s Leading Casino Resort 2019 Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort
Morocco’s Leading City Hotel 2019 Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Morocco’s Leading Destination Management Company 2019 Atlas Voyages
Morocco’s Leading Family Resort 2019 Kenzi Menara Palace
Morocco’s Leading Green Hotel 2019 Fellah Hotel
Morocco’s Leading Hotel 2019 Royal Mansour Marrakech
Morocco’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Master Suite @ Kasbah Tamadot
Morocco’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 Grand Riad @ Royal Mansour Marrakech
Morocco’s Leading MICE Hotel 2019 Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort
Morocco’s Leading Resort 2019 Amanjena
Morocco’s Leading Riad Hotel 2019 Riad Yasmine
Morocco’s Leading Tour Operator 2019 Your Morocco Tour
Morocco’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Transatour Maroc

Mozambique

Mozambique’s Leading Beach Resort 2019 Dugong Beach Lodge
Mozambique’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Mozambique’s Leading Hotel 2019 Polana Serena Hotel
Mozambique’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Polana Serena Hotel
Mozambique’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 Anantara Pool Villa @ Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort
Mozambique’s Leading Resort 2019 Diamonds Mequfi Beach Resort

Namibia

Namibia’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Namibia’s Leading Hotel 2019 Hilton Windhoek
Namibia’s Leading Luxury Safari Lodge 2019 Omaanda
Namibia’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Little Ongava
Namibia’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 Hoanib Skeleton Coast

Nigeria

Nigeria’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 The Wheatbaker, Lagos
Nigeria’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
Nigeria’s Leading City Hotel 2019 The Envoy
Nigeria’s Leading Hotel 2019 Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading MICE Hotel 2019 Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 Fraser Suites Abuja
Nigeria’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Satguru Travel
Nigeria’s Leading Travel Management Company 2019 Business Travel Management Limited

Rwanda

Rwanda’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali
Rwanda’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Kigali Car Rentals
Rwanda’s Leading City Hotel 2019 Kigali Marriott Hotel
Rwanda’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019 Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali
Rwanda’s Leading Destination Management Company 2019 Primate Safaris
Rwanda’s Leading Hotel 2019 Kigali Serena Hotel
Rwanda’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Kigali Marriott Hotel
Rwanda’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Nyungwe House
Rwanda’s Leading Tour Operator 2019 World Fusion Tours
Rwanda’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Satguru Travels Kigali

São Tomé & Príncipe

São Tomé & Príncipe’s Leading Hotel 2019 Pestana São Tomé
São Tomé & Príncipe’s Leading Resort 2019 Club Santana Beach Resort

Senegal

Senegal’s Leading Hotel 2019 Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar Sea Plaza

South Africa

South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel 2019 The Bay Hotel
South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa
South Africa’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Hilton Durban
South Africa’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
South Africa’s Leading Country House Hotel 2019 The Manor House at Fancourt
South Africa’s Leading Design Hotel 2019 MannaBay
South Africa’s Leading Hotel 2019 The Oyster Box Hotel
South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite @ Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa
South Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2019 Silvan Safari
South Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2019 Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari
South Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2019 Giltedge Africa
South Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency 2019 Travelstart South Africa
South Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2019 Shambala Private Game Reserve
South Africa’s Leading Resort 2019 Fancourt
South Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Thanda Safari Lodge at Thanda Safari
South Africa’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 Lawhill Luxury Apartments
South Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 Hamiltons Tented Camp
South Africa’s Leading Tour Operator 2019 Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris
South Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Club Travel
South Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company 2019 Travel with Flair
South Africa’s Leading Wine Country Hotel 2019 Lanzerac Wine Estate

Sudan

Sudan’s Leading Hotel 2019 Corinthia Hotel Khartoum
Sudan’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Corinthia Hotel Khartoum

Tanzania

Tanzania’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Tanzania’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
Tanzania’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 First Car Rental Tanzania
Tanzania’s Leading Domestic Safari Carrier 2019 Auric Air
Tanzania’s Leading Hotel 2019 Zanzibar Palace Hotel
Tanzania’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Royal Suite @ Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro
Tanzania’s Leading Inbound Tour Operator 2019 Kearsleys
Tanzania’s Leading Resort 2019 Dream of Zanzibar
Tanzania’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Lamai Serengeti
Tanzania’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 Entamanu Ngorongoro
Tanzania’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 Satguru Travel
Tanzania’s Leading Travel Management Company 2019 UNIGLOBE Skylink Travel & Tours

Tanzania » Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s Leading Hotel 2019 Essque Zalu Zanzibar
Zanzibar’s Leading Resort 2019 Meliá Zanzibar

Togo

Togo’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Togo’s Leading Hotel 2019 Hôtel 2 Février

Tunisia

Tunisia’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Tunisia’s Leading Hotel 2019 La Cigale Tabarka Hôtel
Tunisia’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Mövenpick Hotel Gammarth Tunis

Uganda

Uganda’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Expedient Car Hire Uganda
Uganda’s Leading Hotel 2019 Kampala Serena Hotel
Uganda’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 Presidential Suite @ Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa
Uganda’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Uganda’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Zambia

Zambia’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Avis
Zambia’s Leading Hotel 2019 Tongabezi
Zambia’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Royal Chundu Luxury Zambezi Lodge
Zambia’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 Anabezi – Luxury Tented Camp

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 Hertz
Zimbabwe’s Leading Hotel 2019 The Victoria Falls Hotel
Zimbabwe’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 The Royal Suite @ The Victoria Falls Hotel
Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2019 Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve
Zimbabwe’s Leading Resort 2019 Elephant Hills Resort
Zimbabwe’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Zimbabwe’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019

 

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Praia de Santa Maria: Cabo Verde new livery landed

The ‘Praia de Santa Maria’ arrived from Boston to the Nelson Mandela Airport in Capem Verde last Friday night carrying 134 passengers on board.

“Praia de Santa Maria”, whose name was chosen by the passengers through a public poll on Facebook, has its name as a homage to one of the natural wonders of Cape Verde that is the well-known beach of Santa Maria in Sal island, current hub of the airline.

Decorated with blue and pastel colors, the new branding is a soft mixture of the beauty of natural elements and the rhythm of the Cape Verdian culture, with the colors of the houses found in the islands.

The color palette of the interior and exterior image of the aircraft shows that change comes from within, in the search to better serve its customers and bring Cape Verde to the world and the world to Cape Verde.

The “Praia de Santa Maria” will have 12 seats in the premium cabin and 180 seats in the main cabin seats are adjustable and comfortable.

With the arrival of the “Praia de Santa Maria”, Cabo Verde Airlines three aircraft 757-200 and plans to receive two more by the end of the year.

The reception of the aircraft is a part of the restructuring of the airline since its privatization was completed on March 1st, 2019.

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South Africa Day 2019 celebrations in Bangkok

A stunning South Africa National Day celebration took place in the Thai capital at the Siam Kempinski 5 star hotel.

H.E. Mr. Geoffrey Quinton Mitchell Doidge – Photo © AJ Wood

HE GQM Doidge gave a Freedom Day Speech last night to a packed audience. With the kind permission of the SA Embassy in Bangkok the amiable Ambassador’s speech is reproduced here in its entirety.

Photo © AJ Wood

The speech was preceded by a moment of silence in respect to all those who lost their live in Sri Lanka in last week’s attack.

The Ambassador recounted that he and Carol called Sri Lanka home for 5 happy years and felt for all those affected.

Excellencies,

His Excellency Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Virasak Futaku

Representatives from the Royal Thai Government and Army

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gents and all the South Africans who have joined us this evening!

Before we commence with our formal proceedings, please join me in observing a moment of silence in memory of the many who have succumbed to the bombings in Sri Lanka.

I had the honour of serving in Sri Lanka as South Africa’s Ambassador for five and half years. South Africans stand in solidarity with all Sri Lankans during these trying times.

Freedom Day is the official, National Day of South Africa. On this day we celebrate one of the most significant political reformations in modern history.

Two great leaders of the time, President Nelson Mandela and President FW de Klerk provided outstanding leadership which brought about the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime and laid the foundation for a new democratic South Africa.

Both leaders were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1993 for their constructive policy of peace and reconciliation and for their commitment to the forces of good and to advance the country towards equality and democracy.

Birthday cake for a Nation. HE Ambassador Geoff and Carol Doidge (center) are flanked by HE Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. & Mrs. Virasak Futaku – Photo © AJ Wood

On the 27th of April 1994, all South Africans will recall the images of the long snaking queues when millions of South Africans turned out to vote for the very first time in their lives. President Mandela himself was seventy five and Archbishop Emeritus Tutu was 62 years old, when they voted for the very first time.

On May 08th South Africans will once again return to the polls, for the sixth multiparty, democratic elections. It is fitting to wish all of the 48 participating parties well in the upcoming elections.

The diplomatic corp were out in force – Photo © AJ Wood

 

The President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, impressed that a central priority for government is to encourage significant investment in our economy, to stimulate economic growth and job creation. South Africa has entered a new era of hope and confidence.

This year the Kingdom of Thailand and the Republic of South Africa, commemorate twenty five years of cordial bilateral relations and both countries share a common desire to further strengthen and expand relations in the areas of trade, investment, agriculture, tourism and people-to-people cooperation.

The introduction and establishment of several bilateral mechanisms and improved interaction are showing early signs of improved trade, increased investment potential and closer collaboration on several key issues supported by several high level visits taking place between the two countries.

Photo © AJ Wood

The Kingdom of Thailand is South Africa’s largest trading partner in ASEAN and we are Thailand’s most significant trade partner in Africa. South Africa is open to investment and is currently engaged with Thailand on investment opportunities in a range of sectors.

South Africa, congratulates Thailand on its recent elections and conveys its best wishes for the completion of the roadmap to democracy.

I wish to thank all government departments and institutions; in particular, we would like to mention the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all supporting government departments for their ongoing collaboration and support.

We thank our many sponsors, Paramount Group, Koi Restaurant, UMH Company Myanmar, Beijing Axis, Integrated Convoy Protection, Honorary Consul Saweeng Crueaviwatanakul and Amazon Colours. 

My appreciation also goes to the Assumption University Chorus and School of Music, as well as Fivera.

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

We will now have the Royal Thai Anthem.

I now request you to join me in proposing a toast to His Majesty King Rama X, for a successful coronation, for a long life, good health, prosperity and the gift of wisdom.

Please remain standing 

We will now have the South African National Anthem. 

I now request you to join me in proposing a toast to His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa, and wish him a long life, good health, prosperity to the President of the Republic of South Africa. 

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African Tourism Board: The Human Right to Explore the Cape in the Eyes of Marriott

The official launch of the African Tourism Board is only about two weeks away. On April 11 at 15.30 the Cape Town International Convention Centre Conference Theatre during World Travel Market Africa will be the venue where Africa becomes one tourist destination.

Cape Town is a good example where the Human Right to travel is so important. Avukile Mabombo, Group Marketing Manager, Protea Hotels by Marriott, summarizes his love for Cape Town:

In a former age in South Africa, locals were boxed in, unable to explore their own country, limited to pockets of land within cities and rural areas. This, quite rightly, has changed, opening the curtain on a wealth of activities and experiences to be explored – a country for the people. There’s a rising interest among the black, middle class traveller to do just that. Of course, besides places of natural beauty, there are many places that preserve heritage, and it’s worthwhile checking them out.

From Robben Island to the Pass Office

Cape Town, as much as it seems to be a vibey holiday space, has just as much of a role in the country’s history. Fortunately, we’ve sought to redress the inequalities of the past and to turn them into opportunities for locals. We respect their sometimes-chilling place in memory, but we celebrate that we’re leaving that era back in the “dustbin of history”, to use a phrase once quoted by Leon Trotsky.

Robben Island: San Francisco, another global destination, may boast Alcatraz, the former prison, as a tourist attraction, but Robben Island’s place on our tourism itinerary is an iconic one for a different reason, being the place where Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, Kgalema Motlanthe, Neville Alexander, Mac Maharaj and Harry Gwala, as well as other political leaders were imprisoned, in addition to thousands of ordinary struggle foot soldiers. The rugged island dominating Table Bay is an essential one for heritage tourism. Just across the bay is the Breakwater Lodge in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, a former prison now operating as Protea Hotel in conjunction with the UCT Graduate School of Business, a reclaimed space within our city that’s engaging with the past by undergoing a renovation to place historic visuals and artifacts in display.

Back on land, it’s possible to visit many places that echo this historical journey. The Slave Lodge in Adderley Street, the Pass Office in Langa, the Amy Biehl Memorial in Gugulethu and other spots in Cape Town call for a meditative visit, perhaps a walking tour that allows for reflection.

Such neighborhoods themselves still remind us of the spacial disparities that existed then and that exist still, although innovative tourism entrepreneurs have spotted the opportunity to present a vibrant tourism offering in spite of those memories.

Giving the storytellers a voice

What makes the local tourism special is that you can speak to people now serving as tour guides for whom our heritage is their lived experience. They have first-hand accounts of what went on, who was involved and how we have managed to overcome as a society; their accounts are spine-chilling, relevant and meaningful, and it’s worth making the effort to chat to those storytellers whose oral histories echo our written ones.

Most importantly, reflecting on heritage as a part of the tourism experience enables us to hold a more balanced account of the future, acknowledging that the past is alive and that it has an impact on how we experience life in our growing metropolis. We don’t need to hide our heritage – in fact, we must shine a spotlight on it, even the shameful parts, so that we can tell our local and international visitors how we have grown, and just why we are optimistic that our spaces aren’t some kind of historical Chernobyl, Ukraine – a region closed off to the world following that catastrophic nuclear accident in the 80s. As catastrophic as our own history has been in many ways, we have learned how to adapt and appreciate our freedom, as well as the opportunity to tell those riveting stories and to keep our struggle heroes alive in memory.

Why not adventure into our heritage today? Your exploration translates into jobs for locals, economic benefits and transformation at its deepest roots.

For more information on African Tourism Board visit www.africantourismboard.com 

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Holland America Line bestows Shared Humanity Award to Oprah Winfrey

At a special gathering on board Nieuw Statendam following the special Girls’ Getaway sailing in partnership with O, The Oprah Magazine, Holland America Line bestowed its Shared Humanity Award on Oprah Winfrey — philanthropist, global media leader and founder and editorial director of the magazine. At the event, Holland America Line presented a $40,000 donation to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls to commemorate the award and honored her as official godmother of the new ship.

Holland America Line chose Winfrey for her commitment over the last three decades to bringing people together, breaking down barriers and inspiring greater understanding among people from all backgrounds, belief systems and walks of life.

“Oprah has worked tirelessly throughout her career to enrich the lives of others, and she is globally recognized as a leader who has inspired millions to live their best lives and embrace that we are more alike than different,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line. “Oprah embodies the spirit and reason why we created the Shared Humanity Award, to reflect our higher purpose value of building connections and fostering understanding among people from different cultures as we sail the world. Oprah is exceptionally deserving to be honored and we are proud to support her work with a donation to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.”

Winfrey’s generous impact to the world began in 1998 when she created Oprah’s Angel Network that supported charitable projects and provided grants to nonprofit organizations around the world. Oprah’s Angel Network raised more than $80,000,000 before ending in 2010. In 2000, during a visit to Nelson Mandela, Ms. Winfrey pledged to build a school for girls in South Africa to serve girls who showed outstanding promise despite their impoverished backgrounds and social circumstances.

By 2012 Winfrey had donated approximately $400 million to educational causes, including more than 400 scholarships to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2013, Winfrey became the biggest single donor with a contribution of $13 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“I’ve spent my life trying to be a missionary and a visionary of spreading peace in the world. The one prayer that I pray most often is ‘God, use me for something greater than myself,'” said Winfrey in accepting the award. “There is nothing better than having acknowledgment that the work that you are doing is being affirmed by people who notice what you do. I appreciate that from you. Thank you very much and I’m grateful for the contribution to Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls.”

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Advantage Travel Partnership’s 2019 Cruise Conference keynote speaker announced

Advantage Travel Partnership has announced Monty Halls will be the keynote speaker at its sixth dedicated Cruise Conference in Southampton, 03 – 04 March 2019 at the Novotel Hotel.

A former Royal Marines Officer who worked for Nelson Mandela during the peace process in the early nineties, Monty left the forces to pursue a career in expeditions, travel journalism, and marine biology. Monty has since led teams in some of the most challenging environments on Earth, presented numerous multi award-winning documentaries, launched his own production company, and become a renowned inspirational speaker and writer. He has also developed a one-of-a-kind leadership and team building system for the professional and education sectors. In partnership with Silversea Cruises, Monty will address the Advantage Cruise Conference to talk about his life story and his personal experiences from past expeditions around the world.

The Advantage Cruise Conference continues to evolve to ensure delegates have a unique experience each year, with 2019 being no exception as attendees will be going onboard brand new MSC Bellisima in a preview sailing on the evening on Sunday 03 March.

Whilst on dry land, delegates will have plenty of time for networking with cruise line partners at the speed dating sessions, a keynote speech from Monty, and the eagerly awaited cruise awards. Plus, a series of conference sessions will focus on and challenge a number of topics happening within the cruise sector today.

Senior commercial manager Claire Brighton said: “Monty Halls is a fantastic speaker and we’re delighted he can join us to talk about the destinations he has travelled to and the importance of looking after our world and environment. The cruise industry is important to our members, as it is a sector that continues to grow, this conference will allow our cruise champions and members that are new to the cruise business to be inspired, develop greater knowledge and new contacts to grow their cruise businesses and stay ahead of their competition. The opportunity to see a new ship, MSC Bellisima, on its first visit to the UK will certainly be a big draw and a highlight for delegates attending.”

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The name is Nelson

The fortunate thing about being named after a great man is that it is a lot easier for people to remember who I am. “Yes, as in Mandela.” I have often remarked more times than I can count in my lifetime. Lucky I am for I know that I will be saying this for as long as I live. This is the direct effect of the great legacy that Nelson Mandela has left the world on me. Now that the burial formalities have taken place, this simple homage to the man is eTN’s way of celebrating the life of a man that defied his enemies by using just one word—change.

Nelson Mandela reminded the world that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” And change his world he did, and the rest followed suit. He had set an example for the rest of Africa to seek out “change” in ways applicable to them. And, for the rest of the world, too. Mr. Mandela became an inspirational figure not only to his countrymen, his African brothers and sisters, but for all of mankind. He is referred to as “anti-apartheid activist, revolutionary and politician,” which I would sum up in one word—humanitarian. One need only to go back to his 1994 inaugural address to see proof that he indeed understood his destiny. He said, “Liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.”

Freedom is a word that the powerful and the weak can relate to. No other human being in recent memory tells the moving story of the journey from captivity to liberation more so than Mr. Mandela. Then, he became South Africa’s president on top of that. And the rest, as they say, is history. There is no sense in naming this great man’s achievements, let history speak for itself.

This past weekend, South Africa played host to the world’s most powerful politicians and celebrities to help honor the man who “changed the world.” No other former deceased head of state has ever been bestowed this kind of honor. An honor that far extended beyond the 4500 or so attendees of the funeral service, held in Quno, South Africa, to near or far corners of the world. Thanks to technology and extensive media coverage, one did not have to be in Qunu on December 15, 2013 to honor Nelson Mandela.

It is interesting that the first three letters in the word funeral spells FUN. And fun is exactly the way to celebrate the life of a man who has touched so many lives. At last Sunday’s service, the singing and laughters formed parts of a poignant tribute fitting for a man named Nelson Mandela. The man so revered that perception of him is of the utmost regard. So much so that he is notorious for citing inspirational passages, which he may or may not have stated. One brilliant example is the “deepest fears” passage. It has been foretold that in his 1994 inaugural address contained the excerpt: “Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. … As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

The above passage is famously attributed to Nelson Mandela. These words, however, were not by Mr. Mandela but by self-help guru Marianne Williamson. I suppose then that the highest form of flattery is no longer through imitation, but rather it is when people speak so highly of you that great things are related to you even if you do nothing. Thank you, Nelson Mandela. Rest in peace, brave one!

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UN and others use World Cup to help raise poverty awareness among African youth

(eTN) – While many African nations were counting on luring FIFA World Cup soccer fans to their respective countries, the United Nations had a different goal in mind—it wanted to give 20 young Africans the “chance of a lifetime” to watch the final match of the soccer World Cup in South Africa, which was held Sunday.

The United Nations-backed scheme sought to raise awareness of how young people can help to combat urban poverty.

According to UN, the young people — from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and South Africa — joined Anna Tibaijuka, executive director of the UN Human Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT), at the game between Spain and the Netherlands.

Under an initiative entitled “Youth for a Safer Africa,” the youth were sponsored by the UN agency and its partners, including non-governmental organization Right to Play and soft drink giant Coca-Cola.

The scheme, UN said, aimed to inspire African youth and enhance their participation in sports.

UN-HABITAT and its partners believe that youth are an untapped resource in many developing countries where they face obstacles preventing from being productive in society.

UN added, involvement in sports has been proven to improve the livelihoods of young people, giving them increased focus and direction and a sense of working together. “Sports — a driver of development — also strengthen teamwork and distracts youth from destructive activities.”

While in South Africa, the youth attended workshops on the promotion of sport for peace and development and take part in the opening of a sports center.