The award was conveyed at a dazzling red carpet event at the Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est on the northern tip of Zanzibar, Tanzania on Saturday evening.
Widely regarded as “the Oscars of the travel industry” these awards have stood unrivalled as the definitive seal of quality in the global hospitality, travel and tourism industry. Now in its twenty-third year, the World Travel Awards is recognised as the most respected and comprehensive awards programme across all sectors of the industry. The brand aims to celebrate those organisations which push the boundaries of industry excellence.
In the sixteen-year history of the category, the Durban ICC has been voted top of its league no less than fifteen times. The international awards programme tracks hundreds of thousands of votes cast each year by travel professionals from over 200 countries. This year, the Durban ICC took top honours amongst nominees which included the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Cairo International Convention Centre, and the Sandton Convention Centre.
Chief Executive Officer of the Durban ICC, Lindiwe Rakharebe commented, “We are thrilled that the Durban ICC has been honoured with this title once again. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all our clients, guests and stakeholders who made their voices heard and voted us the best facility of its kind in Africa.”
Since taking the reins of the Centre this time last year, she has emphasised the importance of service excellence. “This accolade bears testament to the achievements of our team. I am blessed to have a phenomenal team around me and I would like to thank them all for their passion and commitment over the past year. This award reminds us that we constantly need to be stepping up and delivering world-class service to all our clients and guests”, added Rakharebe.
Pictured: Durban ICC Chief Executive Officer, Lindiwe Rakharebe receives the World Travel Award for “Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre”. This is the 15th time the Centre has been voted the best facility of its kind on the continent.