World Travel Awards has unveiled the leading travel brands in Africa for 2012.
South African Airways, Abercrombie & Kent, &Beyond, Avis, Travel with Flair and Mantis Collection were among the organisations named the finest in their field by voters.
Morocco’s continuing rise up the global tourism order was acknowledged with it emerging victorious in several blue-ribbon categories.
The ancient medina of Marrakech saw off tough competition from the likes of the Kalahari Desert (Namibia), Kruger National Park (South Africa), Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Cape Town (South Africa) to win the coveted title of “Africa’s Leading Destination”.
Properties in Marrakech also enjoyed top honours.
Amanjena was voted “Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort”, while the Royal Mansour was named “Africa’s Leading Hotel” in a category that included The Palace of the Lost City (South Africa), Fairmont the Norfolk (Kenya) and Grand Hyatt Cairo (Egypt).
Nations across the continent shared in the travel triumph.
Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences (Egypt) was voted “Africa’s Leading New Hotel”, while Magical Kenya was named “Africa’s Leading Tourist Board”.
South Africa enjoyed a significant share of the accolades.
Notable winners included Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas & Spa (“Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel”), The Blue Train (“Africa’s Leading Luxury Train”), Ellerman House & Villa (Africa’s Leading Luxury Villa), Fairmont Zimbali (“Africa’s Leading Tourism Development Project”) and Shamwari Game Reserve (“Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge”).
The comprehensive WTA programme, hailed as the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’ by the global media, highlights and rewards those travel brands that have made the greatest contribution to the industry in quality, innovation and service, over the past year.
WTA president Graham Cooke underlined the depth and quality of the travel and tourism sector across Africa.
He said: “Our winners are drawn from the breadth of Africa, reflecting how the outstanding natural attractions of the continent are being complimented with a growing portfolio of luxury facilities.
“I am sure these organisations will fare strongly in our Grand Final, which takes place in New Delhi, India on December 12th 2012.”
Other WTA Grand Tour 2012 regional heats include the Middle East Gala Ceremony (Dubai), Caribbean & The Americas Gala Ceremony (Turks & Caicos), Europe Gala Ceremony (Algarve, Portugal), and Asia & Australasia Ceremony (Singapore).
The winners of these legs will go head-to-head in the World Travel Awards Grand Final, which takes place at The Oberoi, Gurgaon on December 12th 2012.
To see the full list of winners visit the official website.