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Media Release - Limpopo Tourism Products Shine at National Awards

Towns: Polokwane

November 3, 2017

POLOKWANE, LIMPOPO – The Interim CEO of Limpopo Tourism Agency (LTA) Mr. Gladwin Kotsedi and Chairperson of the Board Mr. Andrew Dipela led a delegation of provincial Lilizela Awards winners  who were competing for national honours on Sunday, 29th October 2017 at the Sandton Convention Centre in the Gauteng Province.

During the Provincial leg of the event, Limpopo Province announced the names of the 52 provincial winners of the 2017 Lilizela Tourism Awards. The announcement was made at a prestigious awards ceremony held on 15th September 2017 at Zebula Golf Estate and Spa  in the Waterberg District, with the backdrop of the majestic Waterberg mountain rage, the lush and thick vegetation, home to finest lodges and grandest of the National Parks Marakele, host to South Africa’s unique Safari Golf courses.

 These awards recognize and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness.

“Each year we look forward to these highly contested tourism awards. The awards provide an opportunity for the industry to openly compete and reflect on the services that they offer. Limpopo Province is no stranger to contesting and winning national awards. The 2016 ETEYA overall winner, Besty Travel, hails and operates from Mankweng Township in Limpopo. We are very happy with the interest displayed by the industry and we are content with the number of winners from our province at the national level”, said Mr. Gladwin Kotsedi, the Interim CEO of Limpopo Tourism Agency.

Mr. Kotsedi, further gave gratitude to the tourism industry at large for being good ambassadors and trend setters for others in the Province. “It is our hope that that the tourism industry will be inspired by the Provincial winners in the Lilizela awards for the betterment of the visitor experience and customer service”.

The four national winners from Limpopo are as follows:

Name of product Star grading Category
Isaiah Banda N/A Winner of the tourist guide under the culture subcategory.
Swadini Forever Resort 3 Stars Camping and Caravan category.
African Calabash Lodge 2 Stars Lodge category.
Umlani Bushcamp 4 Stars Bush camping category