World Travel Awards has revealed that its Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will this year be hosted at Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa.
Hospitality leaders from across the region will gather for the red-carpet gala ceremony on October 6th to see who among them has been voted the best in the business.
Enviably located moments from Durban Beachfront, the award-winning Durban ICC is a state-of-the-art events and entertainment venue.
It will be World Travel Awards third visit to Durban ICC, having hosted ceremonies in 2008 and 2009.
Graham Cooke, founder, World Travel Awards, said: “It will be an absolute pleasure to return to Durban for the first time since 2009.
“With its beautiful beaches and fascinating Afro-Indian culture, Durban is one of South Africa’s essential destinations.
“We are honoured to partner with the Durban ICC.
“Opened by Nelson Mandela in 1997, this incredible facility has successfully staged some of the world’s most prestigious events.
“I look forward to welcoming all of our nominees here in October, as part of our silver anniversary celebrations.
“WTA has maintained its position as the industry leader for the past 25 years, consistently proving its value as the global benchmark for excellence in the travel, tourism and hospitality business.”
Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa around one of its busiest ports.
Hilton Durban is an iconic landmark hotel in the city, offering superior accommodations in a supreme location near the Durban International Convention Centre.
All rooms offer panoramic views of the city or the Natal coastline, with easy access to Durban’s beaches and central business district, perfect for meetings or events.
Preferential rates at Hilton Durban will be available to all World Travel Awards attendees.
Lindiwe Rakharebe, chief executive officer, Durban ICC, said: “I cannot express my excitement at the prospect of hosting this prestigious event in our world-class facility at the Durban ICC and the beautiful destination of Durban.
“We are all looking forward to welcoming our industry colleagues, friends and media from around the world. We are ready to give all our special visitors a warm and unforgettable Durban experience.”
As part of the Grand Tour 2018, World Travel Awards is also hosting ceremonies in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE), Athens (Greece), Hong Kong, Guayaquil (Ecuador) and Jamaica, with the winners progressing to the Grand Final in Lisbon (Portugal).
Voting for the World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony opens on March 26th and concludes on August 19th.
For more information on how to participate visit the official website.