World Travel Awards Winners Celebrate Across Africa

African tourism boards, airlines and hotels have reason to celebrate this week after taking home coveted awards for their hard work and excellent service.

That’s because the much anticipated 22nd World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony was recently held at Kempinski Resort Seychelles on June 20th.

The event gave out a total of 66 awards to the leading hospitality providers across Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Some of the bigger hotel awards were taken home by north African countries like Egypt and Tunisia.

Egypt’s Hilton Hurghada Plaza won Africa’s Leading All Inclusive Resort, while Tunisia’s La Cigale Hotel Tabarka won the trophy for Africa’s Leading New Hotel.

Nigeria had its shining star as well — the Transcorp Hilton Abuja won an unprecedented five awards, including the prestigious award for Africa’s leading business hotel.

Other winners in the hotel category included South Africa’s Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, taking home the best boutique hotel award, and Morocco’s La Mamounia, winner of Africa’s leading hotel award.

In the airlines category, South African Airways won Africa’s leading airline, Kenya Airways took home the business class award, and Ethiopian Airlines took home the economy class award.

Other niche awards included The Blue Train taking home the luxury train award, Abercrombie & Kent taking home the tour operator award, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises taking home the best cruise line award.

Winners of the awards are decided on by an independent vote from over 167,000 travel agents and tourism experts in 200 countries.

For a comprehensive list of all the winners, visit

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

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