|WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2010 AFRICA AND INDIAN OCEAN GALA NIGHT|
Author: Imelda Ndomo
Date: 14 Jul 10
WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2010 AFRICA AND INDIAN OCEAN GALA NIGHT
World Travel Awards 2010 Africa and Indian Ocean gala night was celebrated in Johannesburg on Wednesday 7th July. Among the 1,200 senior industry leaders who attended the ceremony included the Hon Tokozile Xasa, South Africa's Deputy Minister of tourism; Hon commissioner, Lagos State delegation, Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi; and Mr. Kenneth Racombo, first secretary at the Seychelles High Commission, among others.
Various categories - Travel companies, Hotels, Destinations and Organizations were awarded on a night that saw South Africa take many of the region's overall categories. South African Airways was voted Africa's Leading Airline, while the budget carrier from Johannesburg, 1Time Airline, which operates to airports within South Africa and Zanzibar, took both Africa's Leading Low-Cost Airline and Africa's Leading Online Tour Operator awards.
The Hilton Durban took Africa's Leading Business Hotel; elegant The Palazzo Montecasino, Johannesburg, won Africa's Leading Casino Resort; and Cape Town took Africa's Leading Destination.
Sun City Resort, South Africa, won Africa's Leading Family Resort; Starwood Hotels & Resorts took Africa's Leading Hotel Group; Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa at Hermanus, South Africa, took Africa's Leading Luxury Hotel; and The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays, South Africa, won Africa's Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel. Sandton Sun in Johannesburg was voted Africa's Leading Convention Hotel.
The award for Africa's Leading Beach Resort went to Kenya's luxury getaway resort of Diani Reef Beach & Spa in Mombasa, a feat that is great news for Kenya's tourism industry as it is a pointer to our industry being regionally competitive as well as having great potential to grow.
Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt won Africa's Leading Beach Destination, and the Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna Hughada in Egypt took Africa's Leading Beach Hotel. Morocco's Palmeraie Golf Palace was voted Africa's Leading Golf Resort.
The big winners in the local category were: Diani Reef Beach & Spa, voted Africa's leading beach resort; The great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort, voted Kenya's leading golf resort; The Sarova Stanley, voted Kenya's leading hotel; Little Governors camp winner of Kenya's leading safari lodge; and Carlson Wagonlit Travel, winner of Kenya's leading travel management company.