Vote for your favorite vacation spot

Holidaymakers and locals alike have been invited to nominate local tourism businesses and operators for the inaugural Durban Tourism Awards.

The Awards will take place in May 2022.

The Durban Tourism Awards provide the city with a platform to celebrate the local tourism industry, while encouraging excellence and world-class service. The prices will be exclusive to Durban tourism products.

The award categories include:

  • Upcoming Filmmakers Award
  • Service Excellence Award
  • Sustainable development award
  • Entrepreneurship Award
  • Special award for achievements – The mayor’s choice. This award will include three categories, including products that attract visitors to the city (investment); products that create jobs and an internationally recognized award for excellence.

The Service Excellence category includes six areas of intervention:

  • Accommodation prices are based on the definition of accommodation establishments from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Accommodation awards include Backpacker, Bed & Breakfast, Caravan & Camping, Country House, Guest House, Hotel, Lodge, Self-catering: Exclusive Use, Self-Catering, members of the Durban Community Tourism Organization.
  • The MESE awards will include meetings, exhibitions and special events.
  • Visitor experience prices will include scenic beauty, roots and culture, adventure and activities, wildlife, lifestyle, beach experience and luxury.
  • Tour guide prices will include nature guides, adventure guides and cultural guides.
  • Tour Operator Prices – includes emerging and established businesses.
  • Rickshaw pullers award.

The public can vote at the Durban Tourism Awards

The public will be invited to vote for their favorite establishments to help judges choose the best products based on their entry forms and reviews. Judges will choose the top seven products from each category and then physically inspect them. Durban tourism product quality inspectors and auditors will also visit the establishments. The judges will then make a final decision and choose the final winner and four finalists in each category and area of ​​interest. The public vote for the Service Excellence category will open on February 16, 2022 and close on February 21, 2022.

An external panel of experienced judges was selected to assess the applications.

To participate online, visit www.durbantourismawards.com. Manual registration forms will also be available from December 20 at all Durban Tourism Satellite offices. Registration closes on February 10, 2022.

For more information: www.visitdurban.travel. You can also contact 031 311 4820/18.

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