he Lilizela awards are held each year to recognize and reward those businesses within the tourism industry who excel in promoting and delivering South Africa as a world class destination.
As the countdown picks up momentum on the Lilizela Tourism Awards, entries have now been judged and the Eastern Cape provincial finalists have been selected. The provincial finals are scheduled for 10th September at the Boardwalk Hotel in Port Elizabeth starting at 6:00 pm. All he provincial finals take place at venues in each province during September and culminate in with the national awards ceremony on 22 October 2015 in Johannesburg.
Several local establishments have qualified as provincial finalists and we wish them well in bringing at least one of the many awards on offer. Our local finalists are:-
- Beach Break – Cape St Francis Resort – Self-catering Shared Vacation
- Club Break – Cape St Francis Resort – Self-catering Shared Vacation
- Dune Ridge Country House – Country House Category
- Oyster Bay Lodge – Lodge Category
- St Francis Golf Lodge – Guest House Category
- The Sands @ St Francis – Guest House Category
Billed to recognise only the best in the South African tourism industry, the Lilizela Tourism Awards became the definitive accolade for excellence in tourism when they were launched in 2013. They are the ultimate reward for entrepreneurial and service excellence that sets global benchmark standards.
“South Africa’s weighty standing as a globally competitive tourism destination is due in part, to the quality of businesses honour at the Lilizela Tourism Awards and is evidenced by our ever growing awards and accolades,” explains Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer of South African Tourism.
“It is because of the South African tourism industry’s work and innate ability to develop and package services in an attractive manner, that South Africa is known locally and globally as a world-class, value for money destination – offering visitors plenty to choose from,” Nzima says.
“Well done to all who entered and have been selected as finalists. We look forward to honouring you at the provincial awards.”
Of the of 954 entries that met the entry requirements were received, the Eastern Cape took the lead with the most number of entries recorded, followed by the Western Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal, whilst Gauteng province trailed close behind. Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West and the Free State provinces recorded an overall increase in entries from the previous year.
“We are delighted at the quality of entries we received for the Lilizela Tourism Awards this year. The increase in the numbers of entries is also very encouraging as the Lilizela Tourism Awards grow from strength to strength, proving again that our industry is dedicated to service excellence,” explains Nzima.
“These Awards are for all in the sector, especially the SMMEs who cannot compete against some of the bigger and more established competitors. The increase in entries from this segment is an indication that the backbone of our industry craves the recognition and opportunities due to it,” he says.
edited – St Francis Today