SA Tourism: South Africa Wins World Travel Awards

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One of the good reasons why people all over the world travel to South Africa is the country’s tourism products which according to the World Travel Awards 2017, is the best.

South Africa remains a popular destination, known for its wildlife, landscapes, culture and friendly folk. From airports, hotels and conference destinations all were identified to give South Africa the current beauty and prestige it currently enjoys in terms tourism in the African continent. have received the prestigious title as leaders in the tourism industry in Africa for 2017.

At the World Travel Awards 2017, South African was offered the prestigious title as leaders in the tourism industry in Africa for 2017.  Cities across the country were mentioned as part of the best tourist destinations with reflections of the broad, quality tourism offering in Mzansi.

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Furthermore, in the World Travel Awards, Cape Town International Airport was awarded Africa’s leading airport, while The Palazzo Montecasino in Johannesburg bagged the title for Africa’s Leading Casino Resort 2017 and Durban won Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2017.

“Cape Town International Airport is delighted to have received this accolade as it recognises the commitment to excellence which has been shown by the whole of Airports Company South Africa and this particular airport in the past 12 months,” said Cape Town International Airport General Manager, Deon Cloete.

“This award belongs to every staffer at Cape Town International Airport but is also belongs to all Capetonians. We should all be proud of this achievement. Cape Town International Airport is Africa’s most award-winning airport. If we keep on retaining these awards then we are sure to keep that status”

This is not the first time South Africa is being mentioned among the top best places to visit in the world. Last year, Johannesburg emerged as the most popular destination in Africa according to the annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.

Tourism is one of the world’s largest economic drivers, despite terrorist attacks, political instability, natural disasters and health pandemics worldwide.

For South Africa, the total contribution of travel and tourism to the gross domestic product (GDP) was R402bn in 2016 (9.3% of GDP) and is expected to grow by 2.5% to R412.2bn (9.4% of GDP) in 2017, according to a report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

This included the wider effects from investment, the supply chain and induced income impacts. The forecast is that it will rise by 4.2% per year to R624.2bn by 2027 – 11.5% of GDP.

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Other South African companies that were recognised as titled leaders in Africa include Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa for Boutique Hotel 2017, South African Airways’ Sawubona was named leading Inflight Magazine 2017, Fairmont Zimbali Resort got the title for leading Luxury Resort and Cape Town was also named Africa’s Leading City Destination 2017.

There were many other leading awards received by local tourism companies, particularly in the accommodation sector.

The annual Africa awards evening is among the continent’s most prestigious travel and tourism events of the year, and brings together leading travel sector figures and VIPs from across Africa.