Last year at the KZN Lilizela Awards were Tourism KZN chairman, Sthembiso Madlala and MEC, Sihle Zikalala, together with some of the winners.
The MEC for economic development, tourism and trade, Sihle Zikalala, is encouraging the tourism trade in the province to get in their entries for the prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards, which opened on April 1, 2019.
The awards, recognises service excellence and the ‘best of the best’ in the hospitality. MEC Zikalala has issued a call that tourism players in KwaZulu-Natal should increase their participation in this year’s awards.
“We would like to see an increase in the number of KZN businesses entering this year, particularly among the emerging sector as these are very important high-profile awards and businesses that do well reap the rewards in recognition and publicity,” he said.
He would also like to see entries come from around the province and not just the main centres.
“We know there are potential and worthy winners in all sectors of the tourism sector out there and we want them to get the recognition they deserve. Their contribution helps grow tourism’s contribution to the GDP, creates jobs and contributes to South Africa’s global competitiveness,” said the MEC.
The Lilizela Tourism Awards-hailed as the ‘Oscars’ of the industry-are an initiative of the national Department of Tourism and MEC Zikalala explained that that there are several categories that businesses can enter and that while it is a national competition, there will also be a special awards ceremony for provincial finalists and winners.