The Western Cape’s top tourism performers‚ which were announced at the weekend‚ will represent the province’s sector at a national awards ceremony on October 22 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
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.
Alan Winde‚ the province’s minister of economic opportunities‚ said‚ “Globally‚ the Western Cape is recognised as a leading destination for leisure and business tourism.
“It is through the efforts of the 204‚000 people employed in the tourism sector that we have been able to build and maintain this reputation.”
Winde said the winners had been selected based on customer votes and an adjudication process.
“The Lilizela Awards recognise service excellence‚ as voted for by tourists. Great service is one of the key factors in repeat visits and the Western Cape’s establishments have set a high standard for service excellence. We had a great showing last year and I wish our sector well ahead of this year’s national competition.”
This year‚ for the first time‚ the Minister’s Award was introduced at a provincial level. The winner of this award is chosen directly by the minister‚ and is given to an establishment or person that has made an exceptional and special contribution to the industry.
“I was very pleased to present the inaugural Minister’s Award to the Cape Trails Partnership … These guys‚ from Grabouw‚ are building some of the world’s best and most recognisable mountain bike trails. They are making an enormous contribution to our cycling tourism economy‚ and I wish them success into the future‚” said Winde.