And the Winners are.... SATOA Travel Awards 2014 - press release

It’s been a busy week for celebrations, events and awards on the Travel Industry calendar, but with unseasonably mild weather, there was a spring in everyone’s step and a fantastic turn out on Thursday 18th September, for the much anticipated 3rd annual SATOA awards, held for the second year in succession at BBar, Victoria.

SATOA, a non-profit independent organization, has gained a reputation for bringing sub-Saharan African and Indian Ocean industry movers and shakers together throughout the year via travel agent training dinners, networking social events and, peaks with the Annual awards.

The evening marked the celebration of the ‘Best of the Best’ as nominated and voted by members and industry employees. Those shortlisted were notified in the weeks building and nominees took to social media to rally for their product, company or service with a flurry of thanks and ‘please vote’; such is the desire to gain one of the coveted awards.

Fiona Bibby’s post on Facebook illustrates that SATOA recongnises industry partners large and small   - “I am delighted to announce that I (The Travel Architect) have been short listed for the annual SATOA Travel Awards in the category of Best Retail Agent.  Amazing, considering I was up against some major ‘big boys’ in the travel world.  Next Thursday 18th will be a big day when the results are announced in London!”

The presentation of the awards, by Tesna Simonsen-George, Chairperson of SATOA was followed by a fun evening of relaxed networking and hospitality. SATOA members, the committee and contributing partners would like to thank their sponsors One & Only for their support and congratulate all the winners and runners up in every category:

Best UK / Ireland Tour Operator, Selling to Trade

Winners:  Africa Collection

Runners up: Real Africa

Best UK / Ireland Tour Operator, Direct sell

Winners: Real Africa

Runners up: Travel Butlers

Best Retail Agent

Winners: Embarque Travel

Runners up: The Travel Architect

Best Hotel 20 rooms or less

Winners:  Grand Dédale Country House

Runners up: Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve

Best Hotel 20 rooms or more

Winners: Taj Cape Town

Runners up:  Sossusvlei Lodge

Best Safari

Winners: Garonga Safari Camp

Runners up: Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Best Tourist Board

Winners: South African Tourism

Runners up: Namibia Tourist Board

Best CSR programme

Winners: Your Africa

Runners up: Marine Dynamics

Most Outstanding Member

Winners: One & Only Hotels

For further information regarding membership of SATOA please contact Sue on [email protected]

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