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Showcasing the best-in-class: WTM Africa launches inaugural Travel & Tourism Awards

16 July 2019

Entries for the inaugural WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards are open across 12 innovative categories which reward individuals, small and large organisations for powerful and compelling work in promoting tourism across Africa.

Launched at #WTMA19, the WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards are to be judged by an independent panel of senior industry professionals and seek to showcase the best-in-class of the global travel & tourism industry. The awards also seek to consolidate the various standalone awards that recognise outstanding travel and tourism businesses across the continent.

The names of the categories are a nod to the types of entries the judges are seeking, with the tale of the journey – rather than simply the result – at the forefront. The 12 categories are:

Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism & Sports Portfolio at Reed Exhibitions, says that the WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards aims to be the continent’s most valued and comprehensive acknowledgment of the work done by myriad entities in providing excellence in the tourism space.

“We want to recognise the ‘gold standard’ in travel & tourism in Africa by sharing their compelling stories, in the hope of inspiring others to take up the baton,” she says.

Africa has many stories to tell, and we want to share them far and wide.

Only campaigns executed in the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019 will be eligible for the 2020 WTM Africa Travel & Tourism Awards. For more details on each category, visit

Entries close on 31 January 2020 and the winners will be announced at the commencement of WTM Africa 2020 on 6 April at Gold Restaurant in Cape Town.

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