Midlands guesthouses win national tourism awards

2018-11-21 15:30
Azalea B&B in Howick are Lilizela national tourism award winners for the second year in a row. Pictured are owners George and Dawn Viljoen.

Azalea B&B in Howick are Lilizela national tourism award winners for the second year in a row. Pictured are owners George and Dawn Viljoen.

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Three of 10 KwaZulu-Natal tourism businesses that won national Lilizela Tourism awards flew the flag high for the Midlands.

Azalea Bed & Breakfast in Howick won the national award in the three- star B&B category. Beverley Country Cottages in Dargle won the three-star self catering exclusive category.

Hawklee Country House in Nottingham Road won the three-star country house category.

Dubbed the “Oscars” of the industry, 80% of the judges’ score for the awards, made over the weekend, was based on consumer reviews. Reviews taken into consideration were from the Lilizela Awards website as well as Trip­Advisor.

Belinda Lentz, who owns Hawklee Country House with her husband Dean, said it was the second year in a row that they won the award. She said the awards competition represented a substantial business opportunity that all tourism businesses should enter.

Azalea Bed & Breakfast manager Ryan Ventress said it was also the second year in a row they had won the provincial and national award, and it was an honour to receive it for all the hard work they had put in to get and retain their three-star grading.

The Oyster Box in Umhlanga won the five-star hotel category.

Sipho Thiam, owner of La Teranga Accommodation and Conference group in Kokstad and Margate, won the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Nselwini Bush Lodge in Imfolozi Bush Camp was winner in the two-star self catering category.

Tembe Elephant Park & Lodge won the national title for three-star lodge

Tim Brown won an award for best tourist guide

ATKV Natalia Beach Resort in Kingsburgh won the four-star caravan & camping category

ATKV Drakensville Holiday Resort in Bergville won the three-star caravan and camping category.

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