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Female-owned travel & tourism companies scoop Uganda’s Leading Safari Lodge and Travel Management Company at World Travel Awards
Female-owned companies  propelled women to the pinnacle  of the travel and hospitality industry in Uganda, when Nkuringo Safari Lodges CEO Lydia Eva Mpanga and Eugene Windt Nsubuga’s Swanair joined the stars of travel, tourism and hospitality at the World Travel Awards at a red-carpet reception held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), in Nairobi, Kenya, to receive the ultimate annual honor of World Travel Awards as winners of Uganda’s leading safari lodge and Air Travel Company respectively.
“Although it’s not our first time to take home this ultimate prize but the sixth, we are truly humbled to be selected among Africa’s cream of service providers in the travel industry,” said elated Lydia.
“We have gone through the most trying times of this generation the last three years, but thanks to the tenacious team, the welcoming community, and the generous guests who have given us the courage to keep reinventing ourselves.”
Established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries, the World Travel Awards brand is recognized globally as the ultimate hallmark of industry excellence.
World Travel Awards were celebrating their 29th anniversary this year,2022. Its annual program is renowned as the most prestigious and comprehensive one in the global industry. Each year World Travel Awards covers the globe with its Grand Tour – a series of regional gala ceremonies to recognize excellence within each continent, culminating in a Grand Final at the end of the year.
World Travel Awards gala ceremonies are regarded as milestone events on the travel calendar, attended by the industry’s key decision-makers, figureheads, influencers and media. The program, its winners and its sponsors are represented globally on social media, with fresh daily content across multiple platforms.
A statement from the organizers of the awards reads in part “Despite the ongoing global challenges, the appetite for travel has reached unprecedented levels. Evidence is reflected in the World Travel Awards annual voting figures. In 2021, a record 2.3 million votes were cast, with more people taking part than in any other year of WTA’s 29-year history, representing a huge vote of confidence for the travel and hospitality industry “.
Other WTA winners included Uganda’s Leading hotel -Kampala Serena Hotel, Uganda’s Leading Hotel Suite – Royal Suite at Kampala Serena Hotel, Uganda’s Leading Tented Safari Camp 2022 Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp and Uganda’s Leading Tour Operator GoExplore.
List of winners on the continental stage :
Africa’s Leading Airline 2022 – Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2022 – Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class 2022 – Ethiopian Airlines
Africa’s Leading Airline Brand 2022 – Kenya Airways
Africa’s Leading Airport 2022 – Cape Town International Airport, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Airport Hotel 2022 – Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport, Kenya
Africa’s Leading All-Inclusive Resort 2022 – Diamonds Dream of Africa, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Beach Destination 2022 – Zanzibar, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Beach Resort 2022 – Swahili Beach, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel 2022 – Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand 2022 – Mantis Collection
Africa’s Leading Boutique Resort 2022 – Billionaire Resort & Retreat, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Business Car Rental Company 2022 – Avis
Africa’s Leading Business Hotel 2022 – Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Nigeria
Africa’s Leading Business Travel Destination 2022 – Nairobi, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Car Rental Company 2022 – Avis
Africa’s Leading Casino Resort 2022 – Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort, Morocco
Africa’s Leading City Destination 2022 – Cape Town, South Africa
Africa’s Leading City Hotel 2022 – Fairmont The Norfolk, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Conference Hotel 2022 – Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Africa’s Leading Conservation Company 2022 – Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Africa’s Leading Cruise Line 2022 – Oceania Cruises
Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2022 – Port of Mombasa, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Design Hotel 2022 – The Silo Hotel, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Destination 2022 – Kenya
Africa’s Leading Destination Management Company 2022 – Thompsons Africa
Africa’s Leading Family Resort 2022 – Baobab Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Festival & Event Destination 2022 – Durban, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Green Hotel 2022 – Aberdare Country Club, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Hotel 2022 – Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand 2022 – Radisson Blu
Africa’s Leading Hotel Residences 2022 – The Residences at Leopard Beach Resort & Spa, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2022 – Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite @ Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Inflight Magazine 2022 – Msafiri (Kenya Airways)
Africa’s Leading Low-Cost Airline 2022 – Jambojet
Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel 2022 – The Silo Hotel, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2022 – Grand Riad @ Royal Mansour Marrakech, Morocco
Africa’s Leading Luxury Island 2022 – Thanda Island, Tanzania
Africa’s Leading Luxury Lodge 2022 – Silvan Safari, South Africa
Africa’s Leading Luxury Private Villa 202 – Sirai House, Kenya
Africa’s Leading Luxury Resort 2022 – The Oberoi, Marrakech, Morocco
Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.
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