World Travel Awards Africa and Indian Ocean 2019 winners revealed in Mauritius

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World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony on 1st June 2019. The red-carpet evening took place at the opulent Sugar Beach in Mauritius.
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The finest travel brands in Africa and the Indian Ocean have been unveiled at a star-studded gala ceremony in Mauritius. The elite of the travel industry assembled for the World Travel Awards (WTA) Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony at Sugar Beach – A Sun Resort to find out who amongst them would be crowned best of the best.

Winners at the red carpet reception included Kenya, home to some of the world’s greatest tourist attractions, was voted ‘Africa’s Leading Destination’. Meanwhile the lush forests, wild waterfalls, unique wildlife and paradise beaches of Mauritius helped it lift the title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination’, as well as the new category of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination’.

Hundreds of the leading travel industries figureheads from across Africa and the Indian Ocean attended the ceremony at Sugar Beach – A Sun Resort, which borders the vast sands of Flic-en-Flac Beach.

Graham E. Cooke, Founder, WTA, said: “Our inaugural ceremony in Mauritius has proved an incredible success. We have had the privilege of recognising the leading destinations, hotels, resorts, airlines and travel providers from across Africa and the Indian Ocean and my congratulations to each of our winners.”

Honorable Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, SC, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Mauritius, said: “It was a big honour and a great privilege for Mauritius to host the WTA Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2019.

“Such a glittering event would not have been possible without the dedication and unwavering support of my good friend, Mr. Graham Cooke, and his wonderful team. Thank you for making 1 June 2019 such an exciting and memorable evening.”

In the aviation sector, Ethiopian Airlines was voted ‘Africa’s Leading Airline’, whilst ‘Africa’s Leading Airport’ went to Cape Town International Airport. In the Indian Ocean, Air Mauritius claimed the titles of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class’.

South Africa’s Table Mountain was named ‘Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction’. Kenya enjoyed a strong showing, with Kenya Tourist Board named ‘Africa’s Leading Tourist Board’, capital Nairobi winning the new category ‘Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination’, and Kenyatta ICC picking up ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’.

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB), bags Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2019

In the Indian Ocean categories, the Maldives cemented its reputation as the definitive romantic nation by being named ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’, whilst Seychelles picked up ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination’.

Hospitality winners included Hilton Hotels & Resorts (‘Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand’), Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa (‘Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel’), Thanda Island, Tanzania (‘Africa’s Leading Luxury Island’), Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Botswana (‘Africa’s Leading New Hotel’), Legend Golf Resort & Spa, South Africa (‘Africa’s Leading Sports Resort’), and Transcorp Hilton Abuja (‘Africa’s Leading Business Hotel’).

The ceremony marked the third leg of the WTA Grand Tour 2019 – a search for the finest travel and tourism organisations in the world. Other 2019 regional ceremonies include Montego Bay (Jamaica), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Madeira (Portugal), La Paz (Bolivia), Phu Quoc (Vietnam), with the winners progressing to the Grand Final in Muscat (Oman).

African Category

Africa’s Leading Airline 2019 – Ethiopian Airlines
Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2019 – Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class 2019 – Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airline Brand 2019 – Ethiopian Airlines
Africa’s Leading Airport 2019 – Cape Town International Airport, South Africa
Africa’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2019- Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2019 – Diani Beach, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Beach Resort 2019 – Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2019 – Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand 2019 – Mantis Collection
Africa’s Leading Business Car Rental Company 2019 – Hertz
Africa’s Leading Business Hotel 2019 – Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria
Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency 2019 – Satguru Travel & Tourism
Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination 2019 – Nairobi, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Car Rental Company 2019 – Europcar
Africa’s Leading Casino Resort 2019 – Sun City Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading City Destination 2019 – Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading City Hotel 2019 – Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel 2019-Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa’s Leading Conservation Company 2019 – Mantis Collection
Africa’s Leading Cruise Line 2019 – Silversea Cruises
Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2019 – Port of Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Curated Group Travel Company 2019 – Rovia
Africa’s Leading Design Hotel 2019 – MannaBay, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Destination 2019 – Kenya
Africa’s Leading Destination Management Company 2019 – Destination Kenya
Africa’s Leading Family Resort 2019 – Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination 2019 – Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand 2019 – Singita Game Reserves
Africa’s Leading Green Hotel 2019 – Aberdare Country Club, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Hotel 2019 – Selman Marrakech, Morocco
Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand 2019 – Hilton Hotels & Resorts
Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences 2019 – The Residences at Leopard Beach Resort & Spa
Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2019 – Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite @ Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Inflight Magazine 2019 – Sawubona (South African Airways)
Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2019 – fastjet
Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2019 – The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2019 – Villa Two @ Ellerman House, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2019 – Thanda Island, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2019 – Silvan Safari, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2019 – Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort 2019 – Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco
Africa’s Leading Luxury Safari Lodge 2019 – Omaanda
Africa’s Leading Luxury Tented Safari Camp 2019 – Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2019 – Abercrombie & Kent
Africa’s Leading Luxury Train 2019 – The Blue Train
Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2019 – Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nairobi, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2019 – Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading MICE Hotel 2019 – The Westin Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s Leading National Park 2019 – Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading New Hotel 2019 – Pangolin Chobe Hotel, Botswana
Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency 2019 – FlightSite
Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2019 – Shambala Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Private Island Resort 2019 – Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
Africa’s Leading Resort 2019 – Sun City Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading River Cruise Company 2019 – Zambezi Queen Collection
Africa’s Leading Safari Company 2019 – Go2Africa
Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge 2019 – Thanda Safari Lodge at Thanda Safari, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 – Lawhill Luxury Apartments, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Sports Resort 2019 – Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2019 – Finch Hattons, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Tour Operator 2019 – Pollman’s Tours & Safaris
Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2019 – Table Mountain, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2019 – Kenya Tourism Board
Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2019 – Club Travel, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Travel Club 2019 – Beekman Managed Portfolio
Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company 2019 – FCM Travel Solutions
Africa’s Most Romantic Resort 2019 – Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort, Mozambique
Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award 2019 – Gamewatchers Safaris

– World Travel Awards –

WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

Each year, WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective success within each key geographical region.

WTA gala ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries and international print and broadcast media.

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