KZN South Coast wins big at this year’s regional Lilizela Tourism Awards

The Paradise of the Zulu Kingdom has once again been acknowledged as a key tourism destination after taking home four wins and one finalist placement at the 2019 Lilizela Tourism Awards KZN, held on Wednesday, 30 October at Fairmont Zimbali Resort.

Commenting on KZN South Coast’s big wins, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, Phelisa Mangcu, said: “This really serves as further confirmation that the KZN South Coast has so much to offer our visitors; from the world-class range of accommodation facilities through to the inordinate number of outdoor activities and cultural experiences. We look forward to our products representing our destination at the national Lilizela Awards in Gauteng next week”.

Organised by South African Tourism, the provincial Lilizela Tourism Awards are hosted regionally between September and October with the Lilizela National Awards scheduled to take place on Saturday, 9 November. The national awards are the only countrywide celebration of tourism excellence in South Africa.

Divided into a number of key tourism categories, the awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately to deliver a world-class product or service, thereby growing South Africa’s global destination competitiveness. The Lilizela Tourism Award judges are hand-picked from across the industry, all of whom are experts in their fields.

The KZN South Coast achievers at this year’s ceremony were:

–          Action and Adventure Category: Wild 5 Adventures

–          Two-star Self-Catering Exclusive Category: Dolphinview Self-catering Accommodation

–          Five-star Country House Category: Days at Sea Beach Lodge

–          Five-star Lodge Category: The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

–          (Finalist) Hotel Category: Umthunzi Hotel & Conference

Mangcu congratulated the recipients for well-deserved recognition: “Your continued level of high service and tourism offerings expand the tourism footprint of KZN South Coast onto the global stage!”

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