The Joburg Tourism Company has just returned from the World Travel Market in London, with the exciting news that Joburg Tourism has been nominated in World Travel Awards 2012 in the category: World’s Leading Tourist Board. This being the second time Joburg Tourism has been nominated, were thrilled with the news and call on all our stakeholders to please support our nomination by voting online for JTC, says Acting CEO, Phelisa Mangcu.
The official online voting is now open at and will conclude on 25th November 2012. The votes are cast by travel, tourism and hospitality professionals and the consumer traveller, whether leisure or business. A vote cast by a registered travel agency employee carries a weighting of two whilst the consumer vote counts as one vote.
The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 to recognise, acknowledge and reward excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry worldwide. Now in their 19th year, World Travel Awards is regarded as the highest achievement in travel, tourism and hospitality. A full list of nominations is available on the World Travel Awards website at

The Joburg team exhibited at annual World Travel Market in London [5 8 November 2012, Excel Exhibition Centre], where they updated industry stakeholders on forthcoming Joburg signature events, a new seasonal campaign and other destination marketing news.

This year, as part of its CSI initiatives and brand awareness, JTC supported the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, in the Best Carbon Reduction Initiative, where Sawadee Reizen
emerged as the winners of the category. Sawadee Reizen [] is a Dutch company, specialising in small group adventure tours, who identified that changing to direct point-to-point flights is the most effective way of reducing the carbon footprint of trips, resulting in a reduction in carbon emissions by an average of 10%. The judges were impressed by the clarity of Sawadees understanding of the issue, their acceptance that tourism contributes to the problem, and their willingness to begin to address the issue.

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