LILIZELA TOURISM AWARDS
The inaugural Lilizela Tourism Awards national winners were announced on the 12th of September at a sparkling function held at the Tshwane Events Centre and attended by the who’s who of the tourism industry. These inaugural awards celebrate the best of the tourism industry’s service records and act as a benchmark for excellence across the tourism sector.
“The Lilizela Tourism Awards were created to honour the outstanding contributions of tourism establishments and individuals who are driving innovation and delivering quality service and products. All of the winners – provincially and nationally – have not only set the standard for global excellence, but they have also demonstrated why our country continues to be one of the most frequently visited by tourists from all over the world,” says Minister of Tourism, Mr Marthinus van Schalkwyk.
“Our visitors from abroad as well as our local travellers have had fantastic experiences, and this is reflected in the Service Excellence category where visitors were encouraged to vote. In addition, the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa’s star grading is working to ensure that our accommodation establishments are on par with global offerings – all contributing to phenomenal traveller experiences,” he says.
Even though more than a thousand submissions were received across each category, The Last Word Constantia won Best 5 Star guest house in South Africa for Service Excellence in Accommodation. The minister and judges looked for those that offered exceptional performance and delivery, setting global standards and contributing to international-destination competitiveness in the accommodation service division. This award is the ultimate recognition for achievers in South Africa’s tourism industry.
The Last Word Long Beach was a nominee in the Provincial category for the Western Cape, which The Last Word Constantia also won.
WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS
The Last Word is very proud to announce that The Last Word Long Beach has won the 2013 World Tourism Award for South Africa's Leading Beach Hotel and all three of its Intimate Hotels were nominated in the 2013 World Travel Awards, as has The Last Word as a brand.
Achievements in the World Travels Wards are as follows:
The Last Word Long Beach – Winner in the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel and Finalist for Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel.
The Last Word Constantia – Finalist in the 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 World Travel Awards for Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel and for South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel.
The Last Word Franschhoek – Finalist in the 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 World Travel Awards for South Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel.
The Last Word was also a finalist in the category 2013, 2012 Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel Brand.