South Africa’s Embarrassment of Travel Award Riches


It has come to SA Blog’s attention that South Africa’s performance at something called the World Travel Awards, held in London last November, bore fair comparison to the United States’ performance at the 1984 Olympics (when, erm, the Soviet Union didn’t participate).

SA’s utter dominance across the “best of Africa” categories – there was not a single award we didn’t pick up – leads one to suspect high levels of complacency about the African continent among the voters. That, or high levels of PR-spend on the part of the winners. A quick visit to the Awards’ website only boosts one’s suspicions about the degree of the organisation’s pull with the martini-sipping set. (Very high, one fears.)

Still, the awards gotta be good for something, right? SA Blog helpfully reproduces the full list of winners in the Africa category, complete with links (which aren’t given in the original).

Africa’s Leading Airline, Leading First Class Airline, and Leading Business Class Airline
South African Airways
Note: also qualifies as Africa’s leading steerage class airline.

Africa’s Leading Airport
Johannesburg International Airport, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Car Hire
Avis

Africa’s Leading Casino Resort
The Palace of the Lost City, South Africa

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Africa’s Leading Conference Centre
International Convention Centre Durban, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel
Sun City Resort, Sun City, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Destination
Cape Town, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Golf Resort
Fancourt Hotel & Country Club, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Hotel
Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand
Protea Hotels

Africa’s Leading Resort
Sun City, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Safari
Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Safari Train
Rovos Rail – The Pride of Africa, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Spa Resort

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, South Africa