24 Tanzanian entries nominated for World Travel

27Feb 2016
Beatrice Philemon
The Guardian
24 Tanzanian entries nominated for World Travel

Tanzania has registered a total of 24 entries which have been nominated for the 23rd Annual World Travel Awards (WTA) gala slated for April 9, this year, in in Zanzibar, a board official has said.

The Principal Public Relation Officer of Tanzania Tourist Board Geofrey Tengeneza (sitting on the first right), opening the press conference.

TTB Principal Public Relations Officer Geofrey Tengeneza said the board is also one of the nominees under the Destination category of Africa’s leading Tourist Board 2016, competing with Egyptian Tourist Authority, Gambia Tourism Board, Ghana Tourism Authority, Kenya Tourism Board and Moroccan National Tourism Organization.

Others are Namibia Tourism Board, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation and Zanzibar Commission for Tourism

“Winners in different categories will be announced in the dazzling ceremony that will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions,” he said in a statement released on Friday.

With more than 1,500 Africa and Indian Ocean nominations now revealed, voting which started 1st February is expected to be highly competitive right up until the February 29th deadline, he acknowledged.

World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “This is always an exciting time of year for World Travel Awards, as we unveil the nominees for the first Gala Ceremony of the year. As we have come to expect it is a stellar list, incorporating the leading lights of hospitality from across Africa and the Indian Ocean.”

WTA, which was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry, each year covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.

Entries from Tanzania and their categories in bracket are Julius Nyerere International Airport (Air category - Africa’s Leading Airport 2016) Dar es salaam and Zanzibar Ports (Cruise category –Africa’s Leading Cruise port 2016) Zanzibar (Destination category –Africa’s Leading beach destination 2016 and Africa’s Leading destination 2016) Mt.

Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro crater (Destination category – Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2016) Serengeti National Park (Destination category – Africa’s Leading National Park 2016 and Tanzania Tourist Board (Destination category – Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2016.

Others are Zanzibar’s Diamond La Gemma dell’Est, Dream of Zanzibar and Hideaway of Nungwi Resort &Spa (Hotel & Resorts - Africa’s Leading All-inclusive Resort 2016); Zanzibar’s BluebayBeach Resort & , Dream of Zanzibar, Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa and Diamond La Gemma dell’Est (Hotel & Resorts category–Africa’s Leading Beach Resort 2016).

Also on the list are Serena Hotel –Dar es salaam (Hotel & Resorts –Africa’s Leading city Hotel 2016); SingitaSasakwa Lodge (Hotel & Resorts – Africa’s Leading Luxury lodge 2016); Breezes Beach Club, Karafuu Beach & Spa and Dream of Zanzibar (Hotel & Resorts – Africa’s Leading Resort 2016.

Yet others are Zanzibar’s Beyond Mnembe Island Lodge and Chapwani Private Island (Hotel & Resorts - Africa’s Leading Private Island Resort 2016): Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti (Hotel & Resorts – Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge 2016) and SingitaSabora Camp and Jongomero Camp (Hotel & Resorts – Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2016.