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30 April 2009 -

World Travel Awards head for Durban

From the travel transit hotspot of Dubai, the 2009 World Travel Awards Grand Tour kicks off next week and the dubbed ‘Oscars of the global travel industry’ then jets into to South Africa’s events hotspot of Durban for the African leg of the awards, coinciding with the annual INDABA travel tradeshow on 10th May.

Nominees for the Africa leg have been announced and voting closed on Monday with South Africa’s tourism industry dominating yet again. Over the years it has won the lion’s share of World Travel Awards (WTA) on the continent. Some of the coveted awards that South Africa is in the running for with multiple nominations include: Africa’s leading destination; Africa’s leading airport; Africa’s leading conference centre; Africa’s leading port; Africa’s leading hotel; Africa’s leading hotel brand; and, Africa’s leading tourism board, amongst others.

A number of KwaZulu-Natal based nominees are in the mix. Besides perennial winners - Thanda Private Game Reserve and ICC Durban - other nominees from the province this year include; Fairmont Zimbali and the Zimbali Resort & Country Club; Phinda Private Game Reserve; the Hilton Durban; Port of Durban; and Fordoun Spa Hotel & Restaurant.

“All eyes will be on the World Travel Awards Africa Ceremony in Durban on May 10. Co-located alongside INDABA and in partnership with the ICC Durban and South African Tourism, the leading industry bodies, government representatives and the world’s media will gather to discover which travel and tourism companies have been voted Africa’s very best,” said Graham Cooke, President and Founder of World Travel Awards.

“This is an opportunity for Africa to demonstrate supreme excellence at the highest level… These awards are the most prestigious and highly coveted in the hospitality, leisure, travel and tourism industry in Africa and the world.

“Winning one of the awards not only brings a travel company or destination acknowledgement and respect from the global industry, but also offer valuable commercial and profiling benefits that can filter down to the bottom line,” added Cooke.

“The ICC is honoured to have hosted such a prestigious awards ceremony for the first time in Africa last year. It is great that we have secured the event again for Durban and South African at INDABA 2009,” said ICC Chief Executive, Miller Matola.

“We are thrilled to be bringing the World Travel Awards back to Durban. As travel industry professionals, we are familiar with Indaba and there is not another event in Africa that we would rather have hosting the Awards,” said Cooke.



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