25 August 2013
Fifteen local accommodation establishments have been put in
line to take top honours at the National Department of Tourism’s inaugural
awards in the Western Cape.
The Lilizela Tourism Awards was launched by National Tourism
Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, at INDABA 2013 in May to recognise tourism
businesses that enhance South Africa’s
global destination competitiveness.
Alan Winde, Minister of Finance, Economic Development and
Tourism, announced the Western Cape’s 15
winners, out of 47 finalists, at the provincial awards ceremony on Friday at
the Westin Grand Hotel.
Minister Winde wished the Western
Cape entrants well ahead of the competition,
commending the finalists for their efforts in their industry. “Tourism is one
of our biggest growth sectors and we need to continue to be a competitive and
attractive destination for visitors. One of the benefits of this competition is
that our local finalists gain exposure for themselves and for the province,
which could be a boost for domestic tourism,” said Minister Winde.
Winning entrants ranged from luxury seaside accommodation
along the Atlantic Seaboard to caravan parks on the Garden
Route. The province’s accommodation
sector achieved 16.3 million bed nights last year.
In 2012, the Western Cape
welcomed 1.3 million visitors in the province.
Thembi Kunene, the interim chairperson of the Lilizela
Tourism Awards, congratulated the winners, adding that their efforts “have
ensured that the Western Cape is a
major player in our country’s tourism sector,” said Kunene.
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