Message from the Team
What’s the editor ranting about now?
The original thinking behind the launch of the Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards event in 2012 was that the South African business travel industry didn't have anything like it. Further to that, as the publishers of Business Traveller Africa magazine, Future Group wanted another platform on which to engage with its clients and the broader industry as a whole.
We also wanted to grow the event, year on year, and we're incredibly proud to have done that between 2012 and 2017, settling on a breakfast format that worked, evolving our voting procedure, strengthening the morning's content, and generally laying on an event that we believe was of great value to the South African business travel community.
Sadly, the South African media and events industry is not immune to the challenges presented by an economy struggling for growth, and, as a result, 2018 will not see a Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards event.
However, that doesn't mean we are not going to honour those brands and entities that performed with distinction over the past year. As such, we've employed the same voting procedure and have just decided to announce the winners on page 9 of this issue.
At its core, the Business Traveller Africa Awards must have a robust and independent research mechanism to ensure its credibility, and we're grateful to our partners ASATA, ABTA, SAACI and SATSA for adding their weight and support to the voting process by enlisting their members to vote and come up with the winners in each category, supplementing the votes garnered from the broader South African business travel community.
Lastly, we're incredibly grateful to all those companies that very kindly donated lucky draw prizes as an incentive for the business travel community to vote, namely: Air Mauritius for the two flights to Mauritius; fastjet for the two flights to Vic Falls; Africa Albida Tourism for the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge accommodation; Thornybush Luxury Game Lodge Collection for the stunning three-night stay; Airlink for the two flights to Phalaborwa; Bushveld Terrace Hotel for the accompanying accommodation; kulula for the two flights to Cape Town; Avis for the accompanying car rental; Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence Cape Town for the accommodation; Emperors Palace for the one-night stay at the D'oreale Grande; aha Hotels & Lodges for the two-night stay at Makalali Lodge; Faircity Hotels for the two nights at Roodevalley Faircity; and Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton for the generous R1,000 Bull Run voucher.
Your support is hugely appreciated.