Firms scoop provincial tourism awards

2015-09-17 06:00

THE Kouga is the place to be when it comes to top-class accommodation and visitor experience.

The Kouga’s top tourism performers, which were announced at the weekend, will represent the Eastern Province’s sector at a national awards ceremony next month.

Dune Ridge Country House, The Sands @ St Franics, Tsitsikamma Lodge and Spa, The Fernery Lodge and Chalets, Apple@JBay, Duiwekloof, Cape St Francis Beach Break and Cape St Francis Resort Club Break were announced as provincial winners in the 2015 Li-lizela Tourism Awards in the accommodation division. Island Vibe, Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours, Tsitsikamma Segway Tours and Untouched Adventures scooped the awards in the visitor experience division, while Tsitsi-kamma Canopy Tours also walked away as winner in the B-BEE division.

According to Mbulelo Siyo from Eastern Cape Parks Tourism Agency (ECPTA), they received a total of 222 tourism business entries for the Lilizela Awards, of which 103 qualified as finalists and 39 crowned as Eastern Cape Provincial winners.

“The Eastern Cape did extremely well considering that they came second nationally. They were trumped by the Western Cape, but beat Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal,” says Siyo.

Provincial winners from across South Africa will compete for the prestigious national awards at the Sandton Convention Centre on October 22.

The awards are an initiative of the National Department of Tourism, in partnership with provincial tourism authorities, which seeks to honour excellence in the sector.

Accommodation Awards

) Dune Ridge Country House: Country House

) The Sands @ St Francis: Guest House

) Tsitsikamma Lodge andamp; Spa: Hotel

) The Fernery Lodge andamp; Chalets: Lodge

) Apple@JBay: Self Catering

) Duiwekloof: Self Catering

) Cape St Francis Beach Break: Self Catering Shared Vacation

) Cape St Francis Resort Club Break: Self Catering Shared Vacation

Visitor Experience Awards

) Island Vibe: Beach experiene

) SRA - Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours: Action and Adventure

) Tsitsikamma Segway Tours: Scenic Beauty

) Untouched Adventures: Marine Adventures

B-BBEE

) SRA - Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours: Qualifying Small Enterprise

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