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South Africa nominated in various categories at 2021 World Travel Awards

11 June 2021 - The South African

South Africa has been nominated in various categories at the 2021 World Travel Awards (WTA).

Last year, the Maldives cemented its reputation as the definitive secluded sanctuary to win World’s Leading Destination for the first time. Portugal also performed strongly, with Madeira voted World’s Leading Island Destination, Lisbon named World’s Leading City Break Destination and The Algarve picking up World’s Leading Beach Destination.

SA nominated at the 2021 World Travel Awards

Now, Table Mountain, Robben Island and the V&A Waterfront have been nominated among the likes of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.


South Africa also bagged nominations in the Leading Airport category, Leading Tourist Attraction, Leading Cruise Port, Leading Beach Destination, Leading City Destination among many more.

Travel professionals, the media and consumers are invited to vote for their favourite travel brands after voting opened across all regions worldwide for its 28th annual programme. Voting will remain open until 9 August 2021.

“Categories cover the entire spectrum of the travel and tourism industry, and range from hotels, resorts and destinations to airlines and tour operators,” their official website states.

“The general public and travel industry executives alike are eligible to vote and can cast their vote via the WTA website. The nominee in each category that receives the most votes will be announced as the 2021 World Travel Awards winner.”

Currently celebrating its 28th anniversary, the World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

The full list of categories and nominees for the 2021 programme can be viewed here.

WTA launches #Together initiative

With the reopening of international borders on the horizon and the global vaccine rollout gathering pace, the World Travel Awards also launched its #Together initiative with the aim of galvanising the recovery efforts of the global travel and tourism economy.

On 20 May, World Health Organisation (WHO) director warned that progress against the coronavirus pandemic remains “fragile” and international travel should be avoided.

“Right now, in the face of a continued threat and new uncertainty, we need to continue to exercise caution, and rethink or avoid international travel,” WHO’s European director Hans Kluge said, before adding that “pockets of increasing transmission” on the continent could quickly spread.

That’s why the World Travel Awards launched #Together which serves as an ongoing resource of information, practical advice and insights from the travel industry’s thought-leaders and decision-makers to aid the collective recovery by uniting the industry as a global unit, pooling collective knowledge and fostering cooperation.

Source: The South African

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