Mpumalanga tourism shine at Lilizela provincial awards.

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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
Country House
Umsisi House Country House 5 Winner
ETEYA Awards
Vomba Tours and Transfers ETEYA Awards 0 Winner
Game Lodge
Tintswalo Safari Lodge Game Lodge 5 Winner
Tintswalo Manor House Game Lodge 4 Winner
Umlani Bushcamp Game Lodge 3 Winner
Guest House
Loerie’s Call Guesthouse Guest House 5 Winner
La Roca Guest House Guest House 4 Winner
Selati 103 Guest Cottages Guest House 3 Winner
Hotel
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
Lodge
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