Emi­rates leads in­dus­try win­ners

Emi­rates was once again the big win­ner in the sev­enth an­nual Busi­ness Trav­eller Africa Awards.

Business Traveller (Africa) - - 2018 BUSINESS TRAVELLER AFRICA AWARDS -

Launched in 2012 in as­so­ci­a­tion with Busi­ness Trav­eller Africa mag­a­zine, the awards pro­gramme is tar­geted at the South African busi­ness travel trade and the broader busi­ness travel com­mu­nity.

Emi­rates picked up three awards, com­ing out tops in the ‘Best Air­port Busi­ness Lounge', ‘Best In­ter­na­tional Long-Haul Air­line' and ‘Best Busi­ness Class' cat­e­gories. The lounge award was for the air­line's of­fer­ing in the in­ter­na­tional de­par­tures ter­mi­nal at O.R. Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Co­mair, Tsogo Sun and HRG Ren­nies Travel were the other mul­ti­ple win­ners, with two awards each. Co­mair claimed the ‘Best African Low-Cost Air­line' award for Ku­l­ula, to go with the top prize in the ‘Best African Re­gional Short-Haul Air­line'

cat­e­gory for its over­all of­fer­ing cov­er­ing Ku­l­ula and Bri­tish Air­ways in South­ern Africa.

Tsogo Sun came out on top in the ‘Best Busi­ness Ho­tel Group in SA' cat­e­gory and the ‘Best South African Ho­tel Group' cat­e­gory, edg­ing out com­peti­tors City Lodge and Sun In­ter­na­tional in the lat­ter. In the for­mer cat­e­gory, Tsogo Sun was able to break the stran­gle­hold that Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional – through it's Protea Ho­tels by Mar­riott brand – has held on this cat­e­gory over the past few years.

HRG Ren­nies Travel was awarded in the ‘Best Travel Man­age­ment Com­pany' and ‘Best Travel Sales Team' cat­e­gories – both awards the TMC has claimed be­fore.

Other no­table win­ners in­cluded Avis, which has dom­i­nated the car rental cat­e­gory for some years now; Global Dis­tri­bu­tion Sys­tem win­ner Trav­el­port, which held off the chal­lenge of ri­val Amadeus; Co­mair Flight Ser­vices, which de­fended its ti­tle in the ‘Best Pri­vate Avi­a­tion Op­er­a­tor' cat­e­gory; and Cham­pagne Sports Re­sort, a first-time win­ner in the ‘Best Small Ho­tel Con­fer­ence Venue' cat­e­gory.

Pro­gramme or­gan­is­ers Fu­ture Group once again en­gaged ASATA (As­so­ci­a­tion of South­ern African Travel Agents), ABTA (African Busi­ness Travel As­so­ci­a­tion), and SAACI (South­ern African As­so­ci­a­tion for the Con­fer­ence In­dus­try), with their mem­bers cast­ing votes in the rel­e­vant cat­e­gories, and this year also broad­ened the vot­ing scope to the wider South African busi­ness in­dus­try, along with en­gag­ing the South­ern Africa Tourism Ser­vices As­so­ci­a­tion (SATSA) and their mem­bers. ■

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