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ICC SCOOPS AWARD FOR 7TH TIME (article first published : 2008-05-26)

ICC Durban has been voted ‘Africa’s Leading Conference Centre’ for the seventh year by the World Travel Awards.

The World Travel Awards, dubbed as the ‘Oscars of the tourism industry’, acknowledges and celebrates organizations that have made the greatest contribution to the global tourism and travel trade. The Awards also recognize those who are driving the industry to great heights and innovation.

The announcement was made during the first World Travel Awards ceremony to be held in Africa. It was fitting that the glittering event coincided with Africa’s biggest tourism and travel Indaba, which the ICC has hosted for 16 years.

An elated Miller Matola, chief executive officer of ICC Durban, commented; “The survey is truly global in scale and is the highest accolade in the travel industry. Winning this award seven times endorses ICC’s world-class facilities and service excellence. Last year was the first time after six consecutive years that we missed the winning vote. However, much of our attention had to be focused on the opening of our R460million indoor Arena. It was a busy and challenging, but extremely rewarding year for us.’

President of the World Travel Awards, Mr Graham Cooke, explained; “The winners of this 15 year-old award are voted for independently by travel professionals in over 120 countries worldwide. They were asked to vote for their leading global conference centres, travel destinations, airlines and hotels. Our award winners enjoy massive international exposure and are having a major impact and influence on the world’s travel and tourism industry. They are the true innovators and benchmarks for our trade, especially in the areas of customer service, technology, operational efficiency, product offering and style.”

South Africa won 17 of the 24 ‘Africa’ categories at the gala Africa awards, which was opened by King Goodwill Zwelethini. Compere was television personality Gerry Rantselli while South Africa’s home-brewed, Freshlyground were amongst the entertainment line-up.

The gala World Travel Awards Africa ceremony will once again be held at the ICC Durban in 2009.

This is a major coup for Durban as the event attracts unprecedented trade and consumer media coverage, spearheaded by their global media partner, BBC World – whose coverage spans a global audience of over 274 million.




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