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African Travel and Tourism Awards Finalists Announced

Africa is as unique as it is beautiful. It is underneath our starry skies that generations of storytellers have held court while telling their folktales. The African Travel and Tourism Awards is a celebration of all that lies beneath our African skies. They honour the stars of African tourism and the enchanting tales they weave for our industry. These Awards recognise the best of national, regional and city tourist boards and recognises outstanding private sector companies and individuals.

With over 100 entries across the eight categories, the judges had the challenging task of choosing the finalists. Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director for Africa Travel Week went on to say, “The submissions were of an extremely high calibre, featuring tales of magic weaved from diverse voices, celebrating the stories that lie Under African Skies – stories of vitality, riches, movement, time, strength, change and promise.”

All the finalists for the Awards have demonstrated how through through vivid marketing campaigns and/or providing unique travel experiences they attracted travellers to their destination, venue or to use their product offering. The finalists have written the most compelling stories in the book of African travel.

Image: African Travel and Tourism Awards finalists announced.
The finalists are:

MOST COMPELLING TOURISM STORY

Cape Town in Modern South by Cape Town Tourism
Spring Marketing Campaign by Northern Cape Tourism Authority
Cradle of Human Culture by WESGRO

MOST COMPELLING INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY STORY

Q2B Booking Gateway by Q2B Solutions
VISTA Destination Network by Rainmaker Digital
Virtual Reality for Tanzania by View 4D
Travelstart Buses by Travelstart

MOST COMPELLING AGENCY STORY

Love Marketing for Blood Lions
Have You Heard for Cape Town Tourism
CNN International Commercial for Dangote
Big Ambitions for SATSA

MOST COMPELLING LUXURY STORY

Kololo Game Reserve by Kololo Game Reserve
Table Mountain Ring by Shimansky
Desert Rose by Shimansky
Rockwell Showroom by Shimansky

MOST SUSTAINABLE STORY

Eco Messages by Emboo Camp
How Many Elephants by How Many Elephants
Sierraously Inspiring by OhThePeopleYouMeet
International Dark Sky Certification Campaign by! Xaus Lodge

MOST DIGITAL STORY

Back to Africa by Black and Abroad
JAW Designs for eBucks Travel
De Zeven relaunch by EcoAfrica Digital
Blood Lions by Love Marketing Africa

MOST COMPELLING ADVENTURE STORY

Bronze Whalers by Marine Dynamic Tours
Pioneer Trail by Gondwana Game Reserve
Namib100 Hike by Live The Journey
Road Less Travelled by TravelNews East Africa

MOST COMPELLING FOODIE STORY

Farm to Table by CNN International Commercial with Dangote
Travel with Purpose by 4Roomed eKasi
Africa’s Original Elephant Dung Gin by Indlovu Gin
Wild Food from Land and Sea by The Vineyard Hotel

The winners were due to be announced on 6 April at GOLD Restaurant as part of World Travel Market Africa 2020 in Cape Town which has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the travel industry supports the #SaveTourism Campaign it is vital that we still celebrate the finalists. The winners will be announced in May 2020. All finalists and winners will be invited to attend a special event during World Market Africa 2021.

Ashton Sobhuza
the authorAshton Sobhuza
Dear readers! Welcome to my travel experiences, tips, and itineraries! Born and raised in Zimbabwe, I’ve always had a love for the creative and artsy stuff. I am an explorer and an adventurer! I am currently a writer with Byolife Travel and Gallivant Africa.

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