Entries for the Lilizela Tourism Awards close on 11 June 2019. The prestigious tourism awards were created to honour establishments and individuals who deliver world class service.
The 2018 Lilizela Tourism Awards was tightly contested by over 250 finalists selected from over 1360 entries, after which provincial winners in the various categories were named to compete in the national finals. The Lilizela Tourism Awards are a testament of the diversity of products and experiences South Africa has on offer for domestic and international travellers.
Over the last seven years since its inaugural event, the Lilizela Awards have grown in leaps and bounds and the 2019 event is no different, with the event introducing more sub-categories that signify a growth and more inclusion within the tourism industry.
Shona Dent of Saltycrax Backpackers and Adventures said having the awards displayed at the establishment has created a sense of pride and confidence in the brand. “It also creates an ambition to continue to keep our standards high and provide excellent service to our guests.
The backpacker was awarded a five-star award at last year’s LilizelaTourism Awards. “We are very involved with networking and social media as well as being an active member of the very close community in the tourism industry.”
Being graded provides Saltycrax much needed exposure, said Dent. “It gives travellers that sense of security in knowing that they will get a high quality product. Being the only five-star backpacker in the Western Cape and one of a select few in South Africa allows us to showcase a high standard in all areas of business, creating a unique brand catering to a niche market.”
Owner of TAHS-SA Homestay in Limpopo, Kylie Henn, said the grading and awards has given them credence and quality assurance from a consumer perspective. TAHS-SAHomestay won the Visitors Experience Award for Roots and Culture at the Lilizela Awards.“Winning at Lilizela awards has helped our business in a major way. It has given us the exposure we weren’t previously exposed to before winning,” she said.
Entries deadline for the Lilizela Tourism Awards, have been extended to 11 June 2019.
The categories for this year’s Lilizela Tourism Awards are:
- Venues – formally known as MESE (Meetings Exhibitions and Special Events)
- Tourist Guides
- Tour Operators
- Visitor Experience of the year
- Universal Accessibility
- WE/I do Tourism
More sub categories have been added within the Accommodation and Venues categories:
New additions to Accommodation category.
- Apartment Hotel
- Boutique Hotel
- Nature Lodge
- Small Hotel
New additions to Venues (formally known as MESE) category.
- Conference Centre
- Convention & Exhibition Centre
- Historical Venue
- Events Venue
- Function Venue
- In-Hotel Conference Centre
Further details on how to enter and the conditions of entre can be found on: https://www.southafrica.net/gl/en/trade/lilizela/page/about-the-lilizela-tourism-awards