RDB on Africa Tourism Leadership Awards shortlist

Africa Tourism Leadership Forum 2018 has unveiled the shortlist for its Africa Tourism Leadership Awards.

According to the statement from the organisers of the event, which is to debut in Accra, Ghana between August 30 – 31, finalists emerged in nine categories having met the criteria and the verification process handled by Grant Thornton.

This was disclosed by the co-chairpersons of the awards committee, Prof. Marina Novelli and Ms. Judy Kepner-Gona.

Top on the shortlist are two Nigerians, IkechiUko, who is the organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market, a yearly travel and tourism trade conference and exhibition event held in Lagos.

He was named in the category of Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award alongside another Nigerian, Kehinde Michael Oluwadamilare of Discoveria while the third person in that category is a Zimbabwean, LipianBonganiMtandabari of Phezulu Safaris (Private) Limited. Oluwadamilare was also shortlisted for the Outstanding Africa Tourism Media Award category.

The other categories include the following: Leading in Progressive Policies’ Award – Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism; Rwanda Development Board; and Seychelles Tourism Board/Tourism Ministry Responsible for Tourism: Women in Leadership Award – Carmen Nibigira – Burundi; Rosette Chantal Rugamba – Rwanda; and Jacinta Nzioka – Kenya: Most Innovative Business Tourism Destination Award – Kigali City – Rwanda; South Africa; and Western Cape and Cape Town – South Africa: Outstanding Accommodation Facility/Group Award – Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge –Tanzania; Beyond Group – Southern Africa; and SABI SABI Private Game Reserve- South Africa: Outstanding Tourism Transportation Award – FlySafair – South Africa; South African Airways – South Africa; and Ethiopian Airlines – Ethiopia: Outstanding Africa Tourism Media Award – KatchieNzama – South Africa; Voyages Afriq Media Limited – Ghana; and Kehinde, Michael Oluwadamilare – Discoveria: Championing Sustainability Award – Botswana Tourism Board/Botswana Ministry Responsible for Tourism; Seychelles Tourism Board; and Wilderness Safaris – Southern Africa: Destination Africa – Lifetime Award – Late Russel Friedman of Wilderness Safaris – South Africa; Mandela and Nelson Mandela Foundation – South Africa; and Late Professor WangariMutaMaathai – Kenya.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held on August 31.

“The Awards seek to recognise and celebrate countries, governments, organisations and individuals for their innovation and outstanding accomplishments in tourism development across Africa,” said Novelli.

“We believe the efforts of these finalists will continue to empower our local communities,” added Kepner-Gona.

“The Africa Tourism Leadership Awards provide a novel approach to recognising change makers who inspire transformation across Africa’s tourism industry,” said Ms. ChristelleGrohmann of Grant Thornton.

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