The World Travel Awards, the leading authority that recognizes and rewards excellence in travel and tourism, has announced the winners of Africa and Indian Ocean 2021 categories.

Kenya had a strong showing in the Africa categories, with Nairobi being awarded ‘Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination,’ Kenyatta International Convention Centre being named ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre,’ and Kenya Tourist Board being named ‘Africa’s Leading Tourist Board.’

For the third year in a row, Cape Town was named ‘Africa’s Leading City Destination,’ and its majestic Table Mountain was named ‘Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction.’

Tanzania was named ‘Africa’s Leading Destination,’ thanks to its national parks, wildlife, and palm-fringed beaches.

The Maldives won ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Destination,’ ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Beach Destination,’ and ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination’ in the Indian Ocean, cementing its reputation as the ultimate secluded sanctuary.

‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Tourist Board’ was awarded to the Maldives Marketing & Public Relations Corporation.

Meanwhile, Seychelles’ lush forests and palm-fringed beaches helped the islands win the title of “Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination.”

Mystical Madagascar has been crowned the “Indian Ocean’s Leading Green Destination,” while Reunion Island has been awarded the title of “Indian Ocean’s Leading Nature Destination.”

Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club won the title of ‘Africa’s Leading Hotel,’ while Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in South Africa won the title of ‘Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel.’

Vakkaru Maldives was voted ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Resort,’ while Velaa Private Island, Maldives was named ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Private Island Resort,’ in a highly contested category.

In the newcomer categories, the Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre in Johannesburg was named ‘Africa’s Leading New Hotel,’ while ‘Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas’ was awarded ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading New Resort.’

Kenya Airways was named ‘Africa’s Leading Airline’ and ‘Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class’ in the aviation category, while Cape Town International Airport was awarded ‘Africa’s Leading Airport’ and Air Seychelles was voted ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’.

The rankings are the result of a year-long search for the best travel, tourist, and hospitality companies around the globe.

Travel industry professionals and the general public cast votes, with the nominee receiving the most votes in each category being named the winner.

The founder of the World Travel Awards, Graham Cooke, said: “Our winners represent the very best of travel and hospitality in Africa and the Indian Ocean and my congratulations to each of them. They are all playing starring roles in spearheading the travel and tourism recovery.”

Sandfontein Lodge & Nature Reserve (Namibia’s Leading Safari Lodge), Xigera Safari Lodge (Botswana’s Leading Luxury Safari Lodge), and Morukuru Beach Lodge (South Africa’s Leading Beach Hotel) are among the country-level winners.

– India’s new age travel digital media


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