Limpopo Province tourism service providers take center stage at the Lilizela Tourism provincial awards

The Limpopo Province announced the names of the 52 provincial winners of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. The announcement was made at a prestigious awards ceremony held on 15th September 2017 at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa  in the Waterberg District, with the backdrop of the majestic Waterberg mountain rage, the lush and thick vegetation, home to finest lodges and grandest of the National Parks Marakele, host to South Africa’s unique Safari Golf courses.

The Interim CEO of Limpopo Tourism Agency Mr Gladwin Kotsedi, ululated all the province’s finalists and publically honored them for their contribution to service excellence and quality assurance in the tourism industry.

Billed to recognise only the best in the tourism industry, their passion and tenacity to better the tourism industry has made Limpopo the leading destination South Africa’s domestic tourism. The Lilizela Tourism Awards aim to recognise those that provide the most memorable experiences and services in Limpopo province.

“Each year we look forward to these highly contested tourism awards, the awards gives an opportunity for the industry to openly compete and reflect on the services that they offer. Limpopo province is not a stranger in contesting and winning national awards, the reigning ETEYA overall winner Besty Travel hails and operates from Mankweng Township in Limpopo. We are very happy with the interest shown by the industry and we have confidence the current pool on winner will represent us accordingly and bring the honours home” said Mr Gladwin Kotsedi, the Interim CEO of Limpopo Tourism Agency.

Kotsedi, gave his gratitude to the tourism industry at large for being good ambassadors and trend setters for others, “It is the Limpopo government’s hope that that the tourism industry will be inspired by the finalist and participate in the Lilizela awards in the betterment of the visitor experience, inclusiveness of SMME’s and customer service. Once more congratulations to all the participants”.

The LIMPOPO provincial winners as selected by independent judges are:

Name of tourism product

Category

Start grading

Bushbaby River Lodge

Bed and breakfast 

4 stars

Mount Azimbo lodge

Bed and Breakfast

3 stars

Swadini, A  Forever Resort

Caravan and Camping

3 stars

Summerset Place Country House

Country house

4 stars

Fifty Seven Waterberg

Game Lodge

5 stars

Phelwana Game Lodge

Game Lodge

4 stars

Umlani Bushcamp

Game Lodge

3 stars

Meloding Guest House

Guest House

4 stars

Vuwa Lodge

Guest House

3 stars

Fusion Boutique Hotel

Hotel

5 stars

Limpopo Guest Manor Polokwane

Hotel

4 stars

Garden Court Polokwane

Hotel

3 stars

Palala Boutique Game Lodge and Spa

Lodge

5 stars

Blyde River Canyon Lodge

Lodge

4 stars

Timbavati Safari Lodge

Lodge

3 stars

African Calabash Lodge

Lodge

2 stars

Protea Hotel Ranch Resort

Self-catering exclusive

4 stars

ATKV Klein-Kariba

Self-catering exclusive

3 stars

Mabula Share Block Companies Partnership

Self-catering shared vacation

4 stars

ATKV Eiland Spa

Self-catering shared vacation

3 stars

Swadini, A  Forever Resort

Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE)

3 stars

Lapologa Bed and Breakfast

Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award (ETEYA)

Winner

TSHAMANE ISAIAH Banda

Tourist Guide (Nature)

 

Mukhena Masilo Gedion

Tourist Guide (Culture)

 

 

The National Winners will be announced at the Sandton Convention Centre on 29th of October 2017.

To view the full list of finalists and winners visit www.golimpopo.com