Africa Albida Tourism’s (AAT) flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge has been voted the Best Resort Hotel for the 21st year in a row by the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA). AAT, Southern Africa’s leading hotel and lodge operator, won a further two awards for the group’s Victoria Falls Safari Club and Lokuthula Lodges, as well as AAT’s marketing executive, Wendy Bourne, who won the Most Outstanding Voluntary Service to Travel Agents award.
The annual awards reward airlines, lodges, agents and companies who AZTA believe should be acknowledged for their great service. The winners are voted for by members of the Zimbabwean travel industry and were presented by AZTA Chairlady, Betty Katiyo, at Reps Theatre in Harare on 23rd September 2017.
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge took home the top award of the evening for the Best Resort Hotel, ahead of Victoria Falls Hotel and Elephant Hills Resort who were runners-up in the category. Other highlights for AAT included Victoria Falls Safari Club being named Best Boutique Hotel, with Stanley & Livingstone, also in Victoria Falls, and Pamushana Lodge in south eastern Zimbabwe taking second and third places respectively. Meanwhile, AAT’s Lokuthula Lodges won the award in the Best Self-Catering category, followed by Blue Swallow Lodges in Nyanga and Antelope Park near Gweru.
AAT chief executive Ross Kennedy said: “We are sincerely and deeply proud of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge for winning the Best Resort Hotel award for 21 years straight, as well as Lokuthula Lodges and Victoria Falls Safari Club winning in their categories again, and peer recognition for Ms Bourne.”
Other award winners included Meikles Hotel for Best City Hotel, while Amanzi Lodge won Best Bed & Breakfast/Guesthouse. The award for Best Safari Camp - Tented went to The Hide in Hwange and Best Safari Camp – Non-Tented was won by Amalinda in the Matobo Hills.