Lilizela awards excellence in tourism

Products and services offered by the tourism industry are contributing to South Africa’s growth, competitiveness and transformation.

Speaking at the Lilizela Tourism Awards in Johannesburg today, the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, congratulated leading members of the industry for helping to grow South Africa’s reputation as a leading tourism destination, and supporting the growth and development of South Africa’s economy.

The Lilizela Tourism Awards are the premier awards programme for tourism businesses in South Africa.

“South Africa’s tourism industry has proven itself as an excellent vehicle for growing the economy and creating jobs,” said Mr Hanekom. “All the finalists and award winners have done a fantastic job in advancing this important sector through their commitment to excellence in the products they have developed and the services they offer.”

“This means that South Africa’s reputation as a world-class tourism destination continues to grow,” said Mr Hanekom.

This year’s Lilizela Tourism Awards experienced a growth of 854% in the number of votes received from 2013 to 2014 (784 vs. 7 480), which highlights the importance of consumer reviewsIn addition, visitors to the Lilizela Tourism Awards website spent an average of six minutes compared to the two minutes they spent last year.  This indicates that the two-year old brand is gaining traction among consumers.

This year’s highly sought-after Minister’s Award was presented to Mr. Mavuso Msimang. The award honours an individual or business that has made a noteworthy local and global contribution to tourism economically and socially.

Mavuso is currently the CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation and also sits on several company boards, for corporate and non-governmental organizations.

During his illustrious career, he has been called upon to work in fields of discipline ranging from international development through tourism, conservation and information technology. He has also been extensively involved in the transformation and restructuring of state-owned entities, namely SA Tourism, South African National Parks (SANParks), the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) as well as the Department of Home Affairs. He also set up the Tourism KZN provincial organisation, which he briefly led as its CEO.

“All the finalists and winners are already working with us to achieve our vision of becoming one of the top twenty destinations globally by 2020, but I believe Mavuso Msimang is a worthy recipient,” said the Minister.

Audit Company, Grant Thornton was appointed as independent Auditors of the 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards programme.  The entire process was scrutinized thoroughly by the auditors. This included the entries, the voting and consumer reviews, as well as the final adjudication that produced both Provincial and National Finalists and Winners. The 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards programme received a clean audit for all the Award Categories that were audited.

The National Lilizela Tourism Award winners for 2014, which may also be viewed on www.lilizela.co.za are:

1.   Lilizela IMVELO Awards

1. Best Single Resource Management – Water

Large

Establishment

Province

ATKV-Drakensville Vakansieoord

KZN

2. Best Single Resource Management – Energy

Large

Establishment

Province

V & A Waterfront Holdings

Western Cape

Small

Establishment

Province

Thaba Tshwene Game Lodge

North West

3. Best Single Resource Management – Waste

Large

Establishment

Province

Sandton Sun

Gauteng

Small

Establishment

Province

Southern Sun Newlands

Western Cape

4. Best Overall Environmental Management System

Large

Establishment

Province

Hotel Verde

Western Cape

Spier Wine Farm

Western Cape

Small

Establishment

Province

African Game Lodge

Western Cape

5. Economic Impact

Large

Establishment

Province

Aquila Private Game Lodge

Western Cape

Small

Establishment

Province

Bulungula Lodge

Eastern Cape

6. Investing In People

Large

Establishment

Province

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Western Cape

Small

Establishment

Province

Garden Court Hatfiled

Gauteng

7. Best Social Involvement Programme

Large

Establishment

Province

African Impact

Western Cape

Small

Establishment

Province

Bulungula Lodge

Eastern Cape

2.   Lilizela ETEYA Awards

WINNER

Limpopo Guest Manor

1ST RUNNER UP

Discover Durban Tours & Transfers

2ND RUNNER UP

Osiba Management

3RD RUNNER UP

Park Place Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse

3.   Lilizela Accommodation Awards

1 Star Hotel

Road Lodge East London

2 Star Hotel

Town Lodge Midrand

3 Star Hotel

Umthunzi Hotel and Conference

4 Star Hotel

Grand Café & Rooms

5 Star Hotel

Fusion Boutique Hotel

4 Star Guesthouse

Tranquility Guest House

5 Star Guesthouse

Strandloper Ocean Lodge

3 Star Bed & Breakfast

Tarentaal Oorslaap

4 Star Bed & Breakfast

Gaikou Lodge

5 Star Bed & Breakfast

Hyde Park Villas

4 Star Lodge

Tanamera Lodge

5 Star Lodge

Sarili Lodge

3 Star Self Catering Shared Vacation

Badplaas A Forever Resort : Chalets

4 Star Self Catering Shared Vacation

Orange Grove Farm

5 Star Self Catering Exclusive

Lawhill Luxury Apartments

3 Star Caravan and Camping

ATKV Hartenbos Caravan Park

4 Star Caravan and Camping

Dibiki Holiday Resort

4 Star Country House

De Doornkraal Historic Country House

5 Star Country House

Tenahead Mountain Lodge and Reserve

4 Star Backpacker & Hosteling

Tsitsikamma Backpackers

4 Star MESE

Maropeng Conference Centre

5 Star MESE

The forum | the campus

4.   Universal Accessibility Mobility

Soli Deo Gloria 

5.    Visitor Experience of the Year

Action & Adventure

Wild 5 Adventures

Beach Experience

Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa

Culture and Lifestyle

The Maboneng Precinct

Marine Adventures

Raggy Charters

Roots and Culture

Maropeng

Scenic Beauty

Cape Point in the Cape Of Good Hope

Wildlife Encounters

Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife

6.    Tourist Guides

Nature Tourist Guide

Isaiah Banda

Culture Tourist Guide

Rob Caskie

7.    B-BBEE

Exempted Micro Enterprise

Ubuhle be narha tours

Large Enteprise

City Lodge Hotels Limited

To view the full list of national finalists winners and for images, please visit www.lilizela.co.za

Author: Muzi Mohale

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