#Travel: Have you voted for World Travel Awards 2016?

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Celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, World Travel Awards (WTA) unveiled the nominees for its upcoming Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 earlier this month.

Known across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, the first event on the annual Grand Tour of World Travel Awards will be hosted by Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on April 9th.

Since established in 1993, the World Travel Awards has been recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which others in the tourism industry aspire.

Incorporating the leading lights of hospitality from across Africa and the Indian Ocean, voting is expected to be highly competitive right up until the February 29th deadline.

With just a few days of voting ahead of us, I urge voters from around the world to cast their ballots as soon as possible!

VOTE here!

A full list of nominees for the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 can be seen below:

Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2016

EgyptAir
Ethiopian Airlines
Kenya Airways
Royal Air Maroc
South African Airways

Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class 2016

Air Namibia
EgyptAir
Ethiopian Airlines
Kenya Airways
LAM – Mozambique Airlines
Mango
Precision Air
Royal Air Maroc
South African Airways
Tunis Air

Africa’s Leading Airline 2016

EgyptAir
Ethiopian Airlines
Kenya Airways
Royal Air Maroc
South African Airways
Tunisair

Africa’s Leading Airport 2016

Cairo International Airport, Egypt
Cape Town International Airport, South Africa
Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi
Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
King Shaka International Airport, Durban, South Africa
Mohammed V International Airport, Morocco
O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Inflight Magazine 2016

Horus (EgyptAir)
khuluma (Kulula)
La Gazelle (Tunisair)
Msafiri (Kenya Airways)
RAM Magazine (Royal Air Maroc)
Sawubona (South African Airways)
Selamta Magazine (Ethiopian Airlines)

Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2016

Air Arabia
fastjet
Fly540
Kulula
Mango

Africa’s Leading Business Car Rental Company 2016

Avis
Budget
Europcar
Hertz
Thrifty

Africa’s Leading Car Rental Company 2016

Avis
Budget
Europcar
Hertz
Thrifty

Africa’s Leading Cruise Line 2016

Discover Egypt, Nile Cruises
Oceania Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
Silversea Cruises
Sonesta Nile Cruises

Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2016

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Port of Cape Town, South Africa
Port of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Port of Durban, South Africa
Port of Mombasa, Kenya
Port of Zanzibar, Tanzania

Africa’s Leading River Cruise Company 2016

Avalon Waterways
Discover Egypt, Nile Cruises
Oberoi Cruises
Pangolin Voyager
Sonesta Nile Cruises
Viking River Cruises

Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2016

Bazaruto, Mozambique
Cape Town, South Africa
Diani Beach, Kenya
Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Africa’s Leading Destination 2016

Cape Town, South Africa
Durban, South Africa
El Gouna, Red Sea, Egypt
Johannesburg, South Africa
Luxor, Egypt
Marrakech, Morocco
Mombasa, Kenya
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Victoria Falls, Zambia
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Destination 2016

Cape Town, South Africa
Durban, South Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

Africa’s Leading National Park 2016

Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
Etosha National Park, Namibia
Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
Kruger National Park, South Africa
Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Africa’s Leading Tourist Attraction 2016

Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Robben Island, South Africa
Table Mountain, South Africa
V&A Waterfront, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Tourist Board 2016

Egyptian Tourist Authority
Gambia Tourism Board
Ghana Tourism Authority
Kenya Tourism Board
Moroccan National Tourism Organisation
Namibia Tourism Board
Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation
South Africa Tourism
Tanzania Tourist Board
Zanzibar Commission for Tourism

Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award 2016

&Beyond
Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Fair Trade Tourism
Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps, Kenya
Monkey Valley Resort, South Africa
Private Safaris
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Twiga Tours

Africa’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2016

Diamonds Dream of Africa, Kenya
Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Dream of Zanzibar, Tanzania
Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa, Zanzibar
Hilton Hurghada Plaza, Egypt

Africa’s Leading Beach Resort 2016

AfroChic Diani Beach, Kenya
Almanara Luxury Resort, Kenya
Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa, Mozambique
Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa, Zanzibar
Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania
Dream of Zanzibar, Tanzania
Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa
Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa, Zanzibar
Sultan Gardens Resort, Egypt
Swahili Beach, Kenya
The Majlis Resort, Kenya

Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2016

Azura Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Birkenhead House, South Africa
Camps Bay Retreat, South Africa
Giraffe Manor, Kenya
Hotel & Ryad Art Place Marrakech
La Villa des Orangers, Morocco
Lion in the Sun, Kenya
No5 Boutique Art Hotel, South Africa
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
The Last Word Long Beach, South Africa
The Peech Boutique Hotel, South Africa
Tribe Hotel, Kenya
Villa Monticello Boutique Hotel

Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand 2016

African Pride Hotels
Elewana Collection
Emerald Collection
Hunters Hotels Group
Mantis Collection
Red Carnation Hotels
The Collection By Liz McGrath
The Last Word
The Royal Portfolio

Africa’s Leading Business Hotel 2016

Conrad Cairo, Egypt
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, Kenya
Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, Egypt.
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Egypt
Hilton Durban, South Africa
L Mansion Marrakech Guest Palace, Morocco
Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar
Sandton Sun, South Africa
Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, Morocco
Sofitel Marrakech Palais Impérial
The Wheatbaker, Lagos
Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria
Tribe Hotel, Kenya

Africa’s Leading Casino Resort 2016

Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco
Peermont D’oreale Grande at Emperors Palace, South Africa
Sun City Resort
The Palazzo Montecasino, South Africa
Wild Coast Sun, South Africa

Africa’s Leading City Hotel 2016

Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel, Dar es salam, Tanzania
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, Kenya
Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano, Egypt
Hemingways Nairobi, Kenya
Hilton Durban, South Africa
Hyatt Regency Casablanca, Morocco
InterContinental Nairobi, Kenya
Nairobi Serena Hotel, Kenya
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Sandton Sun, South Africa
Sheraton Casablanca Hotel & Towers, Morocco
Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, Morocco
The Michaelangelo, South Africa
Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria

Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel 2016

African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel, South Africa
Djibouti Palace Kempinski, Djibouti
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Egypt
InterContinental Citystars Cairo, Egypt
JW Marriott Hotel Cairo, Egypt
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
Sandton Sun, South Africa
Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, South Africa
Sun City Resort, South Africa
The Westin Cape Town, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Design Hotel 2016

Babylonstoren’s Farm Hotel, South Africa
Birkenhead House, South Africa
Hotel Les Deux Tours, Morocco
MannaBay, South Africa
The Olive Exclusive All Suite Hotel, Namibia
The Peech Boutique Hotel
The Robertson Small Hotel, South Africa
Tribe Hotel, Kenya

Africa’s Leading Family Resort 2016

Amani Tiwi Beach Resort, Kenya
Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort, Egypt
Hurghada Marriott Beach Resort, Egypt
Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya
One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Sultan Gardens Resort, Egypt
Sun City Resort, South Africa
Wild Coast Sun, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Green Hotel 2016

Hilton Hurghada Plaza, Egypt
Il Ngwesi Eco-Lodge, Kenya
Nairobi Serena Hotel, Kenya
Nkwichi Lodge, Mozambique
The Aberdare Country Club, Kenya
The Phantom Forest Eco-reserve, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Hotel 2016

Arabella Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Cape Grace, South Africa
Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa, South Africa
Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, Kenya
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, Kenya
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Egypt
Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, Morocco
Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa
Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences, Egypt
La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, Morocco
Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco
Sahara Palace Marrakech, Morocco
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Selman Marrakech, Morocco
The Palace of the Lost City, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand 2016

African Pride Hotels
Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Hilton Hotels & Resorts
InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
Mantis Collection
ONOMO Hotels
Protea Hotels
Serena Hotels
Sofitel
Sun International
Tsogo Sun

Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences 2016

Cape Grace, South Africa
Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, South Africa
Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Hilton Cairo Zamalek Residences, Egypt
Michelangelo Towers, South Africa
Palacina The Residence & The Suites, Kenya
Palmeraie Village, Morocco
Pepperclub Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Taj Cape Town, South Africa
The Residences at Leopard Beach Resort & Spa

Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2016

Churchill Suite @ Mena House Hotel, Cairo, Egypt
Livia’s Presidential Suite @ Peermont D’oreale Grande at Emperors Palace, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite @ Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Pool Suite @ Palais Namaskar, Morocco
Presidential Suite @ Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, South Africa
Presidential Suite @ Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Presidential Suite @ Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Royal Suite @ Sahara Palace Marrakech, Morocco
The Royal Suite @ Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, Morocco
The Royal Suite @ Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2016

Chongwe Safaris, Chongwe River House, Zambia
Grand Riad @ Royal Mansour, Morocco
Presidential Ocean Front Villa @ Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa
Queen Cleopatra Villa @ Royal Savoy Villas, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Riad Deux Chambres @ Selman Marrakech
Royal Villa @ Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, Morocco
The Cliff villa @ Alfajiri Villas, Kenya
Villa Namaskar @ Palais Namaskar, Morocco
Villa Two @ Ellerman House, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2016

&Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia
Chinzombo, Norman Carr Safaris, Zambia
Limalimo Lodge, Ethiopia
Palala Boutique Game Lodge & Spa, South Africa
Royal Malewane, South Africa
Sarova Salt Lick Game Lodge
Singita Pamushana Lodge, Zimbabwe
Singita Sasakwa Lodge, Tanzania
Thanda Safari Lodge, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 2016

Cottar’s Bush Villa, Maasai Mara, Kenya
Molori Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa
Tarkuni @ Tswalu Kalahari, South Africa
Villa Ezzahra, Marrakech, Morocco
Villa iZulu @ Thanda Safari, South Africa
Villa Santorini, Mozambique

Africa’s Leading MICE Hotel 2016

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Egypt
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech, Morocco
InterContinental Citystars Cairo, Egypt
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco
Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, Morocco
Safari Park Hotel & Casino, Kenya
Sandton Sun, South Africa
Sun City Resort, South Africa
The Palazzo Montecasino, South Africa
The Westin Cape Town, South Africa

Africa’s Leading New Hotel 2016

Four Points by Sheraton Oran, Algeria
Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca, Morocco
Hilton Alexandria King’s Ranch, Egypt
Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City, Ghana
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco
President Walmont Hotel, Malawi
Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi Upper Hill, Kenya
Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
Radisson Blu Okoume Palace Hotel, Libreville, Gabon
The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Egypt
The Westin Soma Bay Golf Resort & Spa, Egypt

Africa’s Leading Private Island Resort 2016

&Beyond Mnemba Island Lodge, Zanzibar
Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort & Spa, Mozambique
Azura Quilalea Private Island, Mozambique
Chapwani Private Island, Zanzibar
Manda Bay, Kenya
Rusinga Island Lodge, Kenya
The Funzi Keys, Kenya
Vamizi Island

Africa’s Leading Resort 2016

Alfajiri Villas, Kenya
Breezes Beach Club, Tanzania
Dream of Zanzibar, Tanzania
Four Seasons Resort Marrakech
Hideaway of Nungwi Resort & Spa
Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa, Tanzania
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco
One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Palmeraie Resort, Morocco
Royal Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Sultan Gardens Resort, Egypt
Sun City Resort, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2016

129 On Kloof Nek, South Africa
Cowrie Shell Beach Apartments, Kenya
Ebb Tide Apartments, South Africa
Lawhill Luxury Apartments, South Africa
Marriott Executive Apartments Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Africa’s Leading Sports Resort 2016

Champagne Sports Resort, South Africa
Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa, South Africa
Fairmont Zimbali Resort, South Africa
Fancourt, South Africa
Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa
Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco
Palmeraie Resort, Morocco
Royal Palm Marrakech, Morocco
Sun City Resort, South Africa
The Steigenberger Golf Resort, Egypt

Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2016

Cairo International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Egypt
Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa
Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa
Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa
The Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Kenya

Africa’s Leading Luxury Train 2016

Rovos Rail
The Blue Train

Africa’s Leading Conservation Company 2016

&Beyond
African Conservation Experience
African Impact
Edge Of Africa
Mala Mala Game Reserve
Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa
Singita

Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand 2016

&Beyond
Legend Hospitality Group
Shamwari Group
Singita Game Reserves

Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2016

Ongava Game Lodge and Reserve, Namibia
Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Shambala Private Reserve, South Africa
Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa
Stanley & Livingstone Private Game Reserve, Zimbabwe
Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Safari Company 2016

African Welcome Safaris
Eyes on Africa
Giltedge Africa
Go2Africa
Private Safaris
Rhino Africa
Sun Safaris
Twiga Tours

Africa’s Leading Safari Lodge 2016

Borana Lodge, Kenya
Eagles Crag Lodge @ Shamwari Game Reserve, South Africa
Earth Lodge at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
Kicheche Bush Camp, Kenya
Kingfisher Lodge @ Entabeni Safari Conservancy, South Africa
Loisaba, Kenya
Londolozi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
Ngerende Island Lodge, Kenya
ol Donyo Lodge, Kenya
Sanctuary Chobe Chilwero, Botswana
Singita Ebony Lodge, South Africa
Sirikoi, Kenya
Thanda Safari Lodge, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2016

Dwyka Tented Lodge at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, South Africa
Elephant Pepper Camp Masai Mara, Kenya
Finch Hattons, Kenya
Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Camps, Kenya
Honeyguide Tented Safari Camp Khoka Moya, South Africa
Jongomero Camp, Tanzania
Mahali Mzuri, Kenya
Mumbo Island
Singita Sabora Camp, Tanzania
Wolwedans Private Camp, Namibia

Africa’s Leading Spa Resort 2016

Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa, Mozambique
Arabella Hotel & Spa, South Africa
Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa, South Africa
Diani Reef Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya
Es Saadi Gardens & Resort, Marrakech, Morocco
Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya
Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, Morocco
One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Selman Marrakech, Morocco
The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Egypt
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, South Africa

Africa’s Leading Business Travel Agency 2016

Carson Wagonlit Travel
Club Travel Corporate, South Africa
Duma Travel
FCM Travel Solutions
Hemingways Expeditions
Pen Travel South Africa
Sure Giltedge Travel
Sure Travel, South Africa
Travel with Flair

Africa’s Leading Destination Management Company 2016

Destination Kenya
Emeco Travel Egypt
Green Route Africa
Tourvest Destination Management, South Africa
Unitours Maroc

Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator 2016

Abercrombie & Kent
Cox & Kings
Elegant Resorts
Giltedge Africa
Kobo Safaris
Kuoni Group
Micato Safaris
Pollmans Tours & Safaris
Pulse Africa
Rhino Africa
Yampu Tours

Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency 2016

AAHolidays.co.za
Africa Point
Flightsite.co.za
Pick n Pay Travel
Travel.co.za
Travelstart.co.za

Africa’s Leading Travel Agency 2016

Club Travel, South Africa
Flight Centre, South Africa
Flight Site, South Africa
Kuoni Travel
Sure Travel, South Africa
Travel Choice Egypt

Africa’s Leading Travel Management Company 2016

American Express Global Business Travel, South Africa
Carlson Wagonlit Travel
Club Travel Corporate, South Africa
FCM Travel Solutions
Hemingways Expeditions
HRG Kenya – Elite Travel Services
HRG Rennies Travel, South Africa
Skylink Travel and Tours Ltd
Sure Giltedge Travel
Travel with Flair South Africa

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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

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