Cape Town - SA Tourism has announced the provincial finalists for the 2016 Lilizela Tourism Awards, with the Eastern Cape submitting the most entries.
The Lilizela Tourism Awards provincial finalists have been chosen after a tough adjudication process. A total of 1122 South African products and services put their names in the hat to be selected as finalists for the various provincial awards which will take place in September, during Tourism Month.
Some 586 have made the cut and will now vie for the title of being the best in their respective provinces with the hope of ultimately competing at the national ceremony. The country's best will be announced on 16 October at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
The Lilizela Tourism Awards are designed to recognise only the best in the South African tourism industry with the aim to drive the industry to levels of product and service excellence.
Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer at the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa, a business unit of South African Tourism said: "We congratulate all the provincial finalists and wish them the best as they aim for the ultimate recognition in our industry. We thank them for delivering on the brand promise of globally competitive South Africa that boasts high standards of service excellence. These are the champions of our industry."
The Eastern Cape took the lead with the most entries recorded, followed by the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Mpumalanga province trailed close behind with Gauteng, Limpopo, North West, Free State and Northern Cape provinces following respectively.
The total number of entries received this year improved by 18 % as compared to the 951 entries received last year. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response we received from the broader South African tourism industry. This can only be interpreted as a vote of confidence in the Lilizela Tourism Awards. This is key to ensuring the growth of the South African tourism industry,” concludes Erasmus.
For more information on the Lilizela Tourism Awards or to view the full list of provincial finalists visit www.lilizela.co.za
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