Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Phakalane wins prestigious World Travel Award

The Phakalane Hotel Resort has won the 18th World Travel Awards this year after being voted by the International Association of Travel Agents (IATA) members and other industry professionals in Egypt recently.

Phakalane Hotel Resort General Manager, Gavin Hatherley, said the World Travel Award is the most prestigious, comprehensive and sought after award programme in the global travel and tourism industry and has been likened to the Oscars by the Wall Street Journal.

Hatherley said that to be voted a World Travel Award by a process involving 213,000 travel tourism and hospitality professionals across the globe is the highest accolade a company can receive.
“As an official winner, we are entitled to use the World Travel Awards 2011 Winners’ Shield in all corporate publicity and for media purposes,” said Hatherley.

According to Hatherley, this year the event was held at the Egypt Hall, at Soho Square in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, which was voted “Egypt’s Leading All-inclusive Resort”.

He stated that the industry’s elite, including government ministers, tourist board chiefs and CEOs of blue-chip travel companies attended the ceremony. He stated that the awards were established in 1994, but it was only in 2004 that awards were separated into the various categories and countries, and Phakalane won the award for Botswana’s leading Golf Resort.

Hatherley stated that for Botswana’s leading hotel, Phakalane was nominated along with Gaborone Sun, Grand Palm Hotel Casino Resort and the Walmont Hotel at The Grand Palm. He said the shield is recognised throughout the industry by many of the world’s leading travel and tourism companies.
“The award will boost our staff morale, because they know that their hard work and dedication has been rewarded by us receiving this recognition from industry and everyone loves a winner,” said Hatherley.

Hatherley said others which were nominated with Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort, Botswana for Africa’s Leading Golf Resort include Jolie Ville Golf & Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Fancourt Hotel & Country Club, South Africa and Hilton Pyramids Golf Resort, Egypt.

He said for Africa’s Leading Sports Resort, they were nominated together with Sun City Resort, Zimbali Lodge & Country Club, Legend Golf & Safari Resort, Fancourt Hotel & Country Club and Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, all in South Africa, The Palmeraie Golf Palace & Resort in Morocco and The Steigenberger Golf Resort ÔÇô Egypt.

Previously, in 2004, Phakalane won the award for Botswana’s leading golf resort and in 2005 and 2010 won that of Botswana’s leading resort.

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper