Honouring those brands that have provided superior South African business travel service, the 7th annual Business Traveller Africa Awards announced its 2018 winners last week.
The awards programme, launched in 2012 in association with Business Traveller Africa
magazine, is aimed at the South African business travel trade and the broader business travel community.
The voting survey is compiled and sent to the business travel industry, via various organisations (ASATA, SAACI, SATSA and ABTA), where industry professionals nominate the best in business.
The votes are collated before being vetted by a voting panel of senior industry members, led by Gillian Saunders, currently Special Advisor to the Minister of Tourism.
Emirates was the biggest winner of the evening, taking home three awards for the ‘Best Airport Business Lounge’, ‘Best International Long-Haul Airline’ and ‘Best Business Class’ categories. All three finalists in the Business Lounge category are situated at international departures at OR Tambo.
Tsogo Sun, HRG Rennies Travel and Comair each received two awards, with Tsogo Sun taking the best SA and business hotel group categories, HRG Rennies beating out competition from BCD Travel for both best travel management company and sales team, and Comair's Kulula.com and BA being named the best African low-cost and best regional short-haul airlines respectively.
Shaun Pozyn, head of Marketing at Kulula.com and British Airways (operated by Comair) said, “We’re ecstatic to receive the awards for Best African Low-Cost Airline, as well as the Best African Regional Short-Haul Airline for a second consecutive year. Receiving these accolades are very encouraging as they are proof that both our offerings to travellers and travel-buyers are on par when customers are looking for maximum value for money, especially in the current tough economic climate.”
The 2018 BTA Awards winners
|African Long-Haul Airline||SAA||Air Mauritius||Ethiopian Airlines|
|African Low-Cost Airline||Kulula||FlySafair||Mango|
|African Regional Short-Haul Airline||Comair (Kulula & BA)||Airlink||SAA|
|Airport Business Lounge||Emirates (ORTIA – International)||Bidvest Premier (ORTIA – International)||SLOW Lounge (ORTIA – International)|
|Business Class||Emirates||Qatar||Virgin Atlantic|
|Business Hotel Group in SA||Tsogo Sun||City Lodge||Marriott|
|Car Rental Company||Avis||Bidvest||Europcar|
|Cruise Operator||MSC Cruises||Cruises International|
|Forex Supplier||Bidvest Bank||Amex Foreign Exchange||Travelex|
|Global Distribution System||Travelport||Amadeus||Sabre|
|International Hotel Group||Marriott||Hilton||Radisson Hotels|
|International Long-Haul Airline||Emirates||BA||Qatar|
|Large Conference Venue||Sandton Convention Centre||Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre||Cape Town ICC|
|Large Hotel Conference Venue||Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre||Century City Conference Centre||Sun City|
|Luxury Hotel in SA||One&Only Cape Town and The Oyster Box (joint winners)||Michelangelo|
|Private Aviation Operator||Comair Flight Services||ExecuJet||Federal Airlines|
|Small Hotel Conference Venue||Champagne Sports Resort||Emperors Palace||The Westin Cape Town|
| South African Hotel Group||Tsogo Sun||City Lodge||Sun International|
|Travel Credit Card Provider||Visa||Amex||MasterCard|
|Travel Management Company||HRG Rennies||BCD Travel||Flight Centre Business Travel|
|Travel Sales Team||HRG Rennies||BCD Travel||ExecuJet|
|Visa Service Provider||Visa International||Visas & Passports Unlimited||Visa Express|