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Entries for South Africa’s Lilizela Tourism Awards for accommodation establishments and tourism-related products and services have opened, with entries closing on May 31.
The annual awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses that work to deliver world-class products and services, growing South Africa’s competitiveness as a destination in the process.
The Lilizela Tourism Awards have been honouring businesses and people in the South African tourism sector since 2012. They are the initiative of the National Department of tourism and are spearheaded by South African Tourism (SAT).
In 2017, the awards attracted a record number of 1 649 entries, up by around 40% from 2016’s figure. Tourism businesses across the nine provinces are encouraged to enter.
Sisa Ntshona, CEO of SAT commented: “The Lilizela Tourism Awards give us the opportunity to celebrate passionate and committed trailblazers, as well as service excellence in the South African tourism industry.
“We are proud that through the Lilizela Tourism Awards we have increased awareness of the important role that tourism plays in spurring on economic growth in the region. The prestige that is associated with this awards initiative is evidence that South African Tourism’s ongoing drive to promote service excellence and product grading through the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa is yielding positive results for the tourism industry.”