This was among the key announcements made at the Lilizela Tourism Awards launch at the Sun International Time Square Arena and Maslow Hotel in Pretoria last week. More than 1000 entries have been received with little separating the contenders, according to the organisers, indicating the high calibre of quality within the sector.
The awards provide hospitality and tourism businesses with the chance to compete against each other and gauge how they fare against similar businesses in the industry, boosting South Africa’s already high-quality tourism offerings.
Tourism Grading Council of SA (TGCSA) chief quality assurance officer Darryl Erasmus said the awards present graded partners and service providers with an opportunity to gain the exposure they deserve.
“It is not compulsory to grade accommodation and venue establishments in South Africa yet we are blessed to have well over 5000 graded entities in the country. The awards are our opportunity to recognise and celebrate the individuals and businesses who make South Africa the amazing destination it is,” Erasmus said.