Winning a World Travel Award is one of the highest accolades that a travel and tourist resort can hope for. But Botswana’s premier resort; Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort, won the 2010 Award with ease, surpassing some of Africa’s leading resorts.
The 17th Annual World Travel Awards have announced Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort as Africa’s leading Golf Resort 2010, Africa’s leading Sport Resort and also Botswana’s leading Resort 2010. The awards were announced at an Africa and Indian Ocean gala on July7th at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
The World Travel Awards are the Oscars of the travel industry. They are the most comprehensive and prestigious awards in the global travel industry. The World Travel Awards were established in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. Travel professionals from 183 000 travel agencies cast their vote for the best resort in over 160 countries across the globe.
In the Botswana’s leading resort category, nominees were Chobe Marina Lodge, Gaborone Sun and Grand Palm Hotel Resort. In the Africa Leading Sports Resort category, nominees included Fancourt Hotel in South Africa, The Palmeraie Golf Palace in Morocco and The Steigenberger Golf Resort in Egypt.
Nominations for Africa’s Leading Golf Resort 2010 included Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort in Egypt, Leisure Lodge Beach Resort in Kenya, Steenberg Hotel in South Africa and Legend Golf and Safari Resort in South Africa. Phakalane has won a number of awards before, among them Botswana’s Leading Golf Resort in 2004, 2005 and 2008. In an interview with The Telegraph, Phakalane Sales and Marketing Manager Thabo Mogomotsi said, “It is an exciting year for Phakalane as we have received the award when we are about to open our luxurious 80 bed-roomed hotel. 2010 is also the year when Phakalane’s marketing reaches new heights as it brands Phakalane and Botswana as “Simply Unique”.”
At the moment the clubhouse is undergoing a multi million Pula refurbishment, due for completion before the hotel opens. This will include an 84 seater Droskys Fine dining restaurant, the Action Stations, the conference rooms and the golf course upgrading.
“Our objective is to improve guest satisfaction while increasing employee morale and developing the coaching skills of managers and supervisors”, said Mogomotsi.