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SA tourism celebrates excellence
Minister Derek Hanekom speaking at the 2014 Lilizela Awards.
Products and services offered by the tourism industry are contributing to South Africa’s growth, competitiveness and transformation.

Speaking at the Lilizela Tourism Awards in Johannesburg today, the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, congratulated leading members of the industry for helping to grow South Africa’s reputation as a leading tourism destination, and supporting the growth and development of South Africa’s economy.

“South Africa’s tourism industry has proven itself as an excellent vehicle for growing the economy and creating jobs,” said Mr Hanekom. “All the finalists and award winners have done a fantastic job in advancing this important sector through their commitment to excellence in the products they have developed and the services they offer. “The Lilizela Tourism Awards are the premier awards programme for tourism businesses in South Africa.

“This means that South Africa’s reputation as a world-class tourism destination continues to grow,” said Mr Hanekom.

This year’s Lilizela Tourism Awards experienced a growth of 854% in the number of votes received from 2013 to 2014 (784 vs. 7 480), which highlights the importance of consumer reviews. In addition, visitors to the Lilizela Tourism Awards website spent an average of six minutes compared to the two minutes they spent last year. This indicates that the two-year old brand is gaining traction among consumers.

This year’s highly sought-after Minister’s Award was presented to Mr. Mavuso Msimang. The award honours an individual or business that has made a noteworthy local and global contribution to tourism economically and socially.

Mavuso is currently the CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation and also sits on several company boards, for corporate and non-governmental organizations.

During his illustrious career, he has been called upon to work in fields of discipline ranging from international development through tourism, conservation and information technology. He has also been extensively involved in the transformation and restructuring of state-owned entities, namely www.lilizela.co.za are:

1. Lilizela IMVELO Awards
Best Single Resource Management - Water

Large

Establishment Province
ATKV-Drakensville Vakansieoord KwaZulu-Natal
 
Best Single Resource Management - Energy

Large

Establishment Province
V&A Waterfront Holdings Western Cape
 
Small

Establishment Province
Thaba Tshwene Game Lodge North West
 
Best Single Resource Management – Waste

Large

Establishment Province
Sandton Sun Gauteng
 
Small

Establishment
Province
Southern Sun Newlands Western Cape
   
Best Overall Environmental Management System

Large

Establishment
Province
Hotel Verde Western Cape
Spier Wine Farm Western Cape
 
Small

Establishment
Province
African Game Lodge Western Cape
 
Economic Impact

Large

Establishment
Province
Aquila Private Game Lodge Western Cape
 
Small 

Establishment Province
Bulungula Lodge Eastern Cape
 
Investing In People

Large

Establishment
Province
The Twelve Apostles and Spa Western Cape
 
Small

Establishment
Province
Garden Court Hatfield Gauteng
 
Best Social Involvement Programme

Large

Establishment
Province
African Impact Western Cape
 
Small

Establishment
Province
Bulungula Lodge Eastern Cape
 
2. Lilizela ETEYA Awards

WINNER Limpopo Guest Manor
1ST RUNNER UP Discover Durban Tours & Transfers
2ND RUNNER UP Osiba Management
3RD RUNNER UP Park Place Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
 
3. Lilizela Accommodation Awards

1 Star Hotel Road Lodge East London
2 Star Hotel Town Lodge Midrand
3 Star Hotel Umthunzi Hotel and Conference
4 Star Hotel Grand Café & Rooms
5 Star Hotel Fusion Boutique Hotel
4 Star Guesthouse Tranquility Guest House
5 Star Guesthouse Strandloper Ocean Lodge
3 Star Bed & Breakfast Tarentaal Oorslaap
4 Star Bed & Breakfast Gaikou Lodge
5 Star Bed & Breakfast Hyde Park Villas
4 Star Lodge Tanamera Lodge
5 Star Lodge Sarili Lodge
3 Star Self Catering Shared Vacation Badplaas A Forever Resort : Chalets
4 Star Self Catering Shared Vacation Orange Grove Farm
5 Star Self Catering Exclusive Lawhill Luxury Apartments
3 Star Caravan and Camping ATKV Hartenbos Caravan Park
4 Star Caravan and Camping Dibiki Holiday Resort
4 Star Country House De Doornkraal Historic Country House
5 Star Country House Tenahead Mountain Lodge and Reserve
4 Star Backpacker & Hosteling Tsitsikamma Backpackers
4 Star MESE Maropeng  Conference Centre
5 Star MESE The forum | the campus
 
4. Universal Accessibility Mobility

Soli Deo Gloria

5. Visitor Experience of the Year

Action & Adventure Wild 5 Adventures
Beach Experience Umngazi River Bungalows & Spa
Culture and Lifestyle The Maboneng Precinct
Marine Adventures Raggy Charters
Roots and Culture Maropeng
Scenic Beauty Cape Point in the Cape Of Good Hope
Wildlife Encounters Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife
 
6. Tourist Guides

Nature Tourist Guide Isaiah Banda
Culture Tourist Guide Rob Caskie

7. B-BBEE

Exempted Micro Enterprise Ubuhle be narha tours
Large Enterprise City Lodge Hotels Limited
 
To view the full list of national finalists winners and for images, please visit www.lilizela.co.za​

Source: South African Tourism (SAT)