Lilizela Tourism Awards

Monday 15 September 2014

Original article can be viewed at: Bizcommunity

The recent Lilizela Tourism Awards which took place in Johannesburg recognised products and services offered by the tourism industry for their contribution to South Africa's growth, competitiveness and transformation.

Speaking at the recent award ceremony in Johannesburg, the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, congratulated leading members of the industry for helping to grow South Africa's reputation as a leading tourism destination, and supporting the growth and development of South Africa's economy. The Lilizela Tourism Awards are the premier awards programme for tourism businesses in South Africa. 

This year's Lilizela Tourism Awards experienced a growth of 854% in the number of votes received from 2013 to 2014, which highlights the importance of consumer reviews. 

This year's highly sought-after Minister's Award was presented to Mavuso Msimang. The award honours an individual or business that has made a noteworthy local and global contribution to tourism economically and socially. Msimang is currently the CEO of the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation and also sits on several company boards, for corporate and non-governmental organisations.

"All the finalists and winners are already working with us to achieve our vision of becoming one of the top twenty destinations globally by 2020, but I believe Mavuso Msimang is a worthy recipient," said Hanekom.

Audit Company, Grant Thornton was appointed as independent Auditors of the 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards programme. The entire process was scrutinized thoroughly by the auditors. This included the entries, the voting and consumer reviews, as well as the final adjudication that produced both Provincial and National Finalists and Winners. The 2014 Lilizela Tourism Awards programme received a clean audit for all the Award Categories that were audited.

The National Lilizela Tourism Award winners for 2014, can be viewed on their website at Lilizela