Tumelo Waga Dibakwane
The Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency announced the names of the provincial winners of the 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards at a ceremony at Emnotweni Arena in Nelspuit where all the province’s finalists were publicly honoured for their contribution to service excellence and quality assurance in the tourism industry.
The Lilizela Tourism Awards are an opportunity to celebrate professionalism, creativity and innovation in the industry. The provincial awards are being held in the month of September which is also the time that South Africa and the tourism industry at large celebrate Tourism Month.
“We would like to congratulate all the finalists and winners. Each year we are encouraged by the quality of products and services that enter the Lilizela Tourism Awards. These awards are our way of recognising the hard work in setting the bar high and helping to make South Africa such a highly regarded must-visit destination, for local and international tourists alike”, said Mr Johannes Nobunga, CEO of Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency.
“Mpumalanga received a total of 110 entries for 2018 compared to 170 received in 2017. The ceremony tonight will see 34 finalists being awarded certificates, with 32 of them being winners that will proceed to represent Mpumalanga in the national awards ceremony to be held in Gauteng”, commented Nobunga.
“We wish to congratulate our provincial winners for their achievements and all their hard work as well as the effort they have put into positioning their products and especially the province. We believe that this achievement will enable others to learn from this outstanding work that is being delivered and further motivate others to participate” concluded Nobunga.
The Mpumalanga provincial winners as selected by independent judges are:
|NAME OF ESTABLISHMENT||CATEGORY||STAR GRADING||STATUS|
|Action & Adventure|
|Lowveld Extreme Adventures||Action & Adventure||0||Winner|
|Bed & Breakfast|
|Matumi Golf Lodge||Bed & Breakfast||5||Winner|
|Blue Jay Lodge||Bed & Breakfast||4||Winner|
|La Picasso Guesthouse||Bed & Breakfast||3||Winner|
|Caravan & Camping|
|Badplaas A Forever Resort Caravan Park||Caravan & Camping||3||Winner|
|Tented Adventures Pretoriuskop||Caravan & Camping||2||Winner|
|Umsisi House||Country House||5||Winner|
|Vomba Tours and Transfers||ETEYA Awards||0||Winner|
|Tintswalo Safari Lodge||Game Lodge||5||Winner|
|Tintswalo Manor House||Game Lodge||4||Winner|
|Umlani Bushcamp||Game Lodge||3||Winner|
|Loerie’s Call Guesthouse||Guest House||5||Winner|
|La Roca Guest House||Guest House||4||Winner|
|Selati 103 Guest Cottages||Guest House||3||Winner|
|Akabeko Boutique Hotel||Hotel||5||Winner|
|Country Boutique Hotel||Hotel||4||Winner|
|Fortis Hotel Malaga||Hotel||3||Winner|
|Town Lodge Mbombela||Hotel||2||Winner|
|Road Lodge Mbombela||Hotel||1||Winner|
|Needles Safari Lodge||Lodge||4||Winner|
|Sabie River Bush Lodge||Lodge||3||Winner|
|Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)|
|Badplaas A Forever Resort Conference||Meetings, Exhibitions and||3||Winner|