The Sedibeng Tourism Awards 24 Apr 2010

The Sedibeng Tourism Awards
The Executive Mayor, Cllr. Mahole Simon Mofokeng hands out certificates at the inaugural Sedibeng Tourism Awards

Sedibeng Tourism Awards
Vaalnest Boutique Hotel, winner of the Guesthouses and B&Bs category

Sedibeng Tourism Awards
Botle Ba Ma-Afrika, winner in the Arts & Crafts category

Sedibeng Tourism Awards
Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club winner of Hotels category

Sedibeng Tourism Awards
Riverside Hotel & Conference Centre, winner in the Conferencing categoty

Sedibeng Tourism Awards
Stonehaven on Vaal, winner of the Outdoor & Leisure category

Sedibeng Tourism Awards
Riverside Hotel & Conference Centre were also winners in the Food & Beverage category
  The inaugural Sedibeng Tourism Awards was held on 20 April 2010 at the Riverside Hotel & Conference Centre in Vanderbijlpark.  The awards, aimed at local tourism and hospitality businesses in the Sedibeng region, recognised service excellence and gave due appreciation to these businesses for achieving high standards in the tourism industry.  The evening attracted high profile attendance from major tourism stakeholders in Gauteng Province as well as Sedibeng.

The event was attended and addressed by the Executive Mayor of the Sedibeng District Municipality, Cllr. Mahole Simon Mofokeng who said, “it is interesting and encouraging to note that the Sedibeng Tourism Awards programme is the inaugural event of its kind to recognise service excellence in the tourism industry and encourage local tourism and hospitality businesses in our Region to keep achieving high standards… It is no coincidence therefore, that these awards are for Service Excellence. Sedibeng District, while not a Host City, has a very critical role to play in the nature and successful execution of the 2010 FIFA World Cup mandate: To provide base - camp facilities for the three nations that will be participating in the World Cup and accommodate thousands of visitors who will flock to our area during this period.”

The Executive Mayor for Emfuleni Local Municipality, Cllr. Sithole Assistance Mshudulu was also present to address the guests and Councillors and officials of the Sedibeng District Municipality and its Local Municipalities of Emfuleni, Lesedi and Midvaal were also in attendance.

The awards were presented in a total of eight categories.  The winners in the different categories were:

Category Winner
Arts & Crafts Botle Ba Ma-Afrika
Tour Operator A Team Tours
Tour Guide Sesola Travel & Tours
Food & Beverage Riverside Hotel & Conference Centre
Outdoor & Leisure Stonehaven on Vaal
Conferencing Riverside Hotel & Conference Centre
Guesthouses and B&Bs Vaalnest Boutique Hotel
Hotels Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

The MC for the evening was Lillian Dube and the evening was characterized by a positive spirit which testified that the Sedibeng Tourism finds itself in a condition of healthy competition and camaraderie.
At midnight the arrival of the 50 days to kick off of the Soccer World Cup was celebrated with a countdown and the Executive Mayor of the Sedibeng District Municipality, Cllr. Mahole Simon Mofokeng ceremoniously opening up a large box filled with helium balloons amid great fanfare.

The Sedibeng Tourism Awards will serve as a tool to promote the Sedibeng region as a preferred tourist destination. The awards will provide an annual platform to showcase the region’s commitment towards the development and promotion of quality facilities and service standards. Furthermore the awards will assist the finalists and winners to position their products and services in the tourism market in turn drawing customers.

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