Mes­sage from the Team

What’s the edi­tor rant­ing about now?

Business Traveller (Africa) - - CONTENTS - Dy­lan Rogers Edi­tor dy­lan@the­fu­ture.co.za

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.

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