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2016-03-16 06:00
SEVERAL establishments in the Northern Cape received awards during the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Amongst them were the 5-star Oleander Guest House in Kimberley and the 3-star Koekais Guest Farm from Griquatown. The Flamingo Casino in Kimberley (photo) won two awards Z for the best water management programme and for the best waste management programme.   Photo: Supplied

SEVERAL establishments in the Northern Cape received awards during the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards. Amongst them were the 5-star Oleander Guest House in Kimberley and the 3-star Koekais Guest Farm from Griquatown. The Flamingo Casino in Kimberley (photo) won two awards Z for the best water management programme and for the best waste management programme. Photo: Supplied

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ENTRIES for the prestigious 2016 Lilizela Tourism Awards are still open until Tuesday, 31 May.

This was announced by South African Tourism in a statement. In the statement, it was elaborated that the awards are aimed at recognising and rewarding tourism players and businesses, who work passionately and with pride, to offer world class products and services.

These role players are also contributing to growing South Africa’s global destination competitiveness.

Sthembiso Dlamini, acting chief executive officer of South African Tourism, highlighted the importance of working with the local industry to deliver the best tourism experience in order to fulfill their mandate to market South Africa as a world-class tourism destination for both leisure and business travelers.

“Through the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (Eteya) category, the Lilizela Tourism Awards programme also contributes towards the growth and development of small businesses Z an area that is crucial for our economy,” Dlamini said further.

According to South African Tourism, they embarked on a review of the Lilizela Tourism Awards programme with the objective of understanding how satisfied the entrants and the industry at large are with the current programme following a successful three years.

Over 200 respondents are reported to have given valuable feedback on the recent survey and those results will be used to improve elements of the awards.

“We would like to thank the industry for the valuable feedback that they gave us as we look to enhance the Lilizela programme.

“Collaboration and partnership within our South Africa tourism industry is key and we endeavour to factor as much of the feedback provided as possible,” added Dlamini.

South African Tourism emphasises that voting still plays a major role in this awards programme and runs concurrently with the entries.

Entrants are urged to ensure that they use all the tools provided on the website in order to get as many votes as possible.

In ensuring that all entrants understand the value of the consumer votes and to make it easy for their clients/guests to vote, the Lilizela Tourism awards team works with provincial tourism authorities who then work closer with the product on the ground.

While every effort will be put in place to promote these awards to consumers, it is important that business owners or managers inform guests about this competition and encourage them to vote for their establishments on the Lilizela Tourism Awards website.

Consumer reviews are a key consideration during the adjudications of these awards and allocated a weight of 80% of the overall score.

To enter or to view the full list of categories and the entry requirements, visit www.lilizela.co.za

The provincial tourism awards will be held in September Z Tourism Month in all nine provinces, culminating in the national award ceremony taking place in October, where the best of the best will be honoured.

Entrants can visit the Lilizela website on: www.lilizela.co.za.

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