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World Travel Awards to celebrate hospitality elite in Durban

World Travel Awards to celebrate hospitality elite in Durban

Africa’s leading events and entertainment facility is stepping up to host the elite of the travel industry at the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2018.

Durban International Convention Centre will welcome travel and tourism figureheads from across Africa and the Indian Ocean for the red-carpet gala ceremony on October 6th.

The evening marks the sixth leg of the World Travel Awards Grand Tour 2018 – an annual search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world, which is celebrating its 25th silver jubilee anniversary this year.

Enviably located moments from Durban Beachfront, the world-class Durban ICC is a state-of-the-art events and entertainment venue.

This is World Travel Awards’ third visit to the iconic facility, which also hosted ceremonies in 2008 and 2009.


The neighbouring Hilton Durban will form the networking hub for the weekend.

The landmark five-star hotel offers unrivalled accommodations in a supreme location, just moments from the Durban ICC and Durban’s beachfront.

All rooms offer panoramic views of the city or the Natal coastline, with easy access to Durban’s beautiful beaches.

World Travel Awards is partnering with Hilton Durban to offer exclusive accommodation rates to attendees of the gala ceremony.

Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “I am honoured that the beautiful city of Durban is forming part of World Travel Awards silver jubilee anniversary celebrating and rewarding excellence in travel.

“With its amazing beaches and fascinating Afro-Indian culture, Durban is one of South Africa’s essential destinations.

“We are delighted to partner with the Durban ICC.

“Opened by Nelson Mandela in 1997, this incredible facility has successfully staged some of the world’s most prestigious events.

“I look forward to welcoming all of our nominees here on October 6th.”

As part of the Grand Tour 2018, World Travel Awards is also hosting ceremonies in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Athens (Greece), Hong Kong, Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Jamaica, with the winners progressing to the Grand Final in Lisbon (Portugal).

Lindiwe Rakharebe, chief executive, Durban ICC, said: “I cannot express my excitement at the prospect of hosting this prestigious event in our world-class facility at the
Durban ICC and the beautiful destination of Durban.

“We are all looking forward to welcoming our industry colleagues, friends and media from around the world.

“We are ready to give all our special visitors a warm and unforgettable Durban experience.”

A limited number of General Admission tickets to the WTA African & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony are currently available.

To book visit here.