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Zambia scoops best tourism investor award

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    Zambia scoops best tourism investor award

    Published on: Thu, 02/18/2010 - 7:54pm

    The Express Reporter

    Africa investor Tourism Awards 2010 on Tuesday announced Zambia as the best tourism investor in Africa.
    Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment and communications group, announced Zambia as the winner of the highly acclaimed prestigious 2010 Africa investor Tourism Awards.
    The Africa investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards were created to showcase Africa’s opportunities and achievements in the tourism sector to the rest of the world.
    These collectively raise awareness about Africa as a tourism destination, and reward those groups developing the African tourism industry as a vehicle to drive sustainable economic growth.
    The awards were presented at a high-profile ceremony attended by over 350 guests. It was officially opened by H.E AmaiJoiceMujuru, Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
    Commenting on the Awards, the Vice President commended Africa investor for taking the leadership in establishing these innovative prizes, and congratulated the award nominees and winners for their dedication.
    The shortlisted submissions and candidates in 12 Award categories were judged on the basis of key financial indicators, the sustainability of projects and major value added contributions.
    All winners faced down significant international competition to emerge as definitive leaders in the tourism industry. The full list of winners was as indicated below.
    The prestigious African Tourism Minister of the Year was awarded to Hon. Catherine Namugala, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Zambia, for her dynamic efforts to attract investment into Zambia’s tourism sector.
    Kenya also had an exceptional evening, with Ecotourism Kenya accepting the award in the category Best Initiative in Facilitating SME Tourism Investment.
    Kenya Airways was recognised for the efficiency and effectiveness of its management systems and went home with Business Airline of the Year; while Mombasa was announced as Tourism City of the Year.
    South Africa too saw great success, with several initiatives from within the country, it was honoured for outstanding achievements.
    These included Best Sustainable Tourism Investment, going to Fair Trade in Tourism, South Africa; the Best 2010 World Cup Legacy Initiative of the year was awarded to the city of Johannesburg.
    Moreover, Tourism Investment Advisor of the Year went to Trade & investment KZN, and the Best Tourism Investment Programme award was presented to Boundless Southern Africa.
    Zimbabwe was awarded in the Up and Coming Tourism Destination of the year award for its commitment to facilitating private investment into their tourism and hospitality sector.
    Similarly Native Investments Group won Best Hotel Investment, with African Sun taking the Hospitality Management Team of the Year prize.
    Africa investor’s Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Hubert Danso, commented on the awards, saying: “We are truly delighted with the calibre and commitment of this year’s nominees and winners.
    “Their dedication to Africa’s tourism industry should serve as inspiration not only to their peers in Africa, but in many cases they outperformed their international counterparts,” he said.
    The Awards followed Africa investor’s Tourism Investment Summit, which reviewed the key developments and issues impacting Africa’s tourism investment landscape.
    The Summit brought together over 350 international authorities to examine major tourism infrastructure investment and privatisation opportunities across Africa.
    This good news is for the first time; Africa investor hosted an Infrastructure and Tourism Investment Roundtable with the Government of Zimbabwe, to showcase their portfolio of privatisation, infrastructure, tourism and mining investment opportunities.
    Summit sponsors and partners included the Government of Zimbabwe, African Sun, Afrexim, Cresta Hospitality Group, NetOne, Native Investment Group, and the Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA).
    Other sponsors were CNN International, Meikles, NEPAD Business Group, NEPAD, Africa Project Access, TICAD/UNDP, China-Africa Business Council, Reconnect Africa and The Standard.
    The announcing agent, Africa investor, is a specialist investment communications firm advising governments, international organizations and businesses on communication strategies for capital market and foreign direct investments in Africa.
    In its publicity campaigns the company publishes Africa investor, the leading international newsstand magazine for Africa’s investment decision-makers; and it maintains the Africa investor 40 Investors’ Index.
    The company hosts the Ai index series Summit and Awards, and the Africa investor Infrastructure Projects Summit and Awards, with its website www.africa-investor.com.