Cel­e­brat­ing the 2017 Lilizela Pro­vin­cial Award Win­ners

Set­ting the Stage for Na­tional Glory

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL -

The pro­vin­cial legs of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards wrapped up at the end of Septem­ber with the crown­ing of dozens of es­teemed tourism prod­ucts and ser­vices in the coun­try's nine prov­inces in cat­e­gories such as visi­tor ex­pe­ri­ence, tour op­er­a­tors and tour guides, ac­com­mo­da­tion and en­trepreneur­ship.

It is now all sys­tems go for the fifth edi­tion of the na­tional Lilizela Tourism Awards cer­e­mony which will take place at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Jo­han­nes­burg on 29 Oc­to­ber 2017, or­gan­ised by South African Tourism. The Na­tional Min­is­ter of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, will lead the toast to ser­vice ex­cel­lence while hon­our­ing the ‘best of the best' among busi­ness own­ers, con­trac­tors and pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in the tourism and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

“Not only do all these in­cred­i­ble in­dus­try lead­ers do a ster­ling job in con­tribut­ing to­wards mak­ing South Africa a com­pet­i­tive tourism des­ti­na­tion, they also con­trib­ute to the We Do Tourism ini­tia­tive, which is an in­spir­ing move­ment that en­cour­ages all South Africans to ac­tively play a role in tourism,” says Min­is­ter Xasa.

Over 500 fi­nal­ists were se­lected na­tion­wide from more than 1,600 en­tries, af­ter which pro­vin­cial win­ners in the var­i­ous cat­e­gories were named to com­pete in the na­tional fi­nals. Of the to­tal vote, 80% came from mem­bers of the pub­lic as well as travel plat­forms such as TripAd­vi­sor and TGCSA's Tourism An­a­lyt­ics Pro­gramme. The re­main­ing 20% was a score from a panel of high-level judges, whose vot­ing was con­ducted un­der the strict su­per­vi­sion of Grant Thorn­ton to en­sure com­pli­ance. “Based upon the work per­formed and the re­sults ob­tained, we can con­clude that the judg­ing process of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards was fair and trans­par­ent,” con­firmed Oupa Mbokodo, Di­rec­tor at Grant Thorn­ton.

One of the most ex­cit­ing cat­e­gories of Lilizela Tourism Awards is the Emerg­ing Tourism En­tre­pre­neur Awards (ETEYA), which seeks to recog­nise and mo­ti­vate black en­trepreneurs who op­er­ate small, mi­cro and medium tourism- or hos­pi­tal­ity-re­lated busi­nesses.

Min­is­ter of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, ex­plains the sig­nif­i­cance of this cat­e­gory tai­lored specif­i­cally for SMMEs: “South African Tourism is com­mit­ted to part­ner­ing with es­tab­lished play­ers in the in­dus­try to help achieve in­clu­sive growth while aid­ing new play­ers to grow.

“The sig­nif­i­cance of trans­form­ing the tourism in­dus­try can­not be un­der­stated, as it has huge po­ten­tial to be­come a mean­ing­ful job cre­ator for our peo­ple and a rev­enue gen­er­a­tor for our econ­omy. It is also vi­tal for South Africa to keep in­no­vat­ing and re­fresh­ing our tourism of­fer­ing, to re­main glob­ally com­pet­i­tive. ETEYA helps mo­ti­vate and in­cen­tivise out­stand­ing tourism start-ups to con­tinue on their path of achieve­ment and ex­cel­lence.”

About the awards: The Lilizela Tourism Awards is an ini­tia­tive of the Na­tional De­part­ment of Tourism and is spear­headed by South African Tourism aimed at recog­nis­ing and re­ward­ing the high­est lev­els of ex­cel­lence in the tourism value chain.

See pages 10-14 for all the win­ners or visit www.lilizela.co.za

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