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The sixth edition of the annual Lilizela Tourism Awards organised by South African Tourism was held in Johannesburg in November. Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom said in his opening address, “It is a real privilege to be here with you to celebrate your successes and achievements. That’s what tonight is all about: recognising and rewarding tourism players, businesses and the people on the ground who collectively make South Africa the great global destination that it is.” Attending the gala banquet on behalf of City Lodge Hotel Group were chief operations officer Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo and operations director Tony Balabanoff plus several hotel general managers. The Group received the following awards for Accommodation in the Service Excellence category:

National winners:

  • Town Lodge Port Elizabeth (two-star category)
  • Road Lodge Southgate (one-star category

Provincial winners:

  • Town Lodge Bellville
  • Town Lodge Mbombela
  • Town Lodge Menlo Park (Pretoria)
  • Road Lodge Bloemfontein Airport
  • Road Lodge Kimberley
  • Road Lodge Mbombela
  • Road Lodge N1 City (Cape Town)
  • Road Lodge Pietermaritzburg
  • Road Lodge Port Elizabeth Airport

Andrew Widegger, CEO, says, “We congratulate general managers Glenn Pappin and Socrates Koom and their respective teams for this outstanding achievement. We look forward to continued success and recognition.”

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