Last week saw the return of the prestigious Lilizela Provincial Awards ceremony for 2017. Only the ‘Best of the Best’ in the local travel industry are selected as finalists for this South African Tourism’s flagship event. This year sees the fifth instalment of this ever-growing tourism awards event which hosts the brightest, finest and most admired tourism businesses from the nine provinces.
Mkuze based game lodge, Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge, was privileged to qualify as a finalist for the second year running under the Service Excellence – Accommodation – Four Star Game Lodge category and thus will be entered into the running for the National Awards.
Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa extended her warm congratulations to all the provincial finalists, saying, “We salute these outstanding tourism businesses spanning the length and breadth of South Africa. Being selected as a Lilizela Tourism Awards finalist means you are among the best of the best in the country – that you are truly in a league of your own.”
Established in 2013, the Lilizela Tourism Awards recognises and applauds outstanding service among accommodation establishments and other tourism-related products and services, and is a way of thanking the travel industry for their tireless efforts to make South Africa a must visit destination.
The awards were adjudicated through both a public vote (using data from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa’s Tourism Analytics Programme, which consolidates user reviews for establishments with an online presence, along with public votes on the Lilizela Tourism Awards website) and a 30-member judging panel. This means that 80% of the scores came from consumers and 20% from adjudicators.
Wayne Vivier, accepted the award on behalf of the Vivier Family and Leopard Mountain Safari Lodge at the prestigious Awards Ceremony in Durban last Thursday. “We are incredibly proud and honoured to be a part of this amazing community that helps put South Africa on the tourism map! It was a truly inspiring evening that celebrated our province’s value as a tourism destination and we hope to continue this winning streak and once again take home the award for Top Four Star Game Lodge in South Africa at the National Awards ceremony in Johannesburg!” said Wayne.