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Entries now open for the 3rd Durban Tourism Business Awards

BUSINESSES in the tourism and hospitality sector are invited to apply to be part of the 3rd annual Durban Tourism Business Awards. Entries opened on 20 November and closed on 23 February 2024.

To start the entry process, follow this link: https://durban- tourismawards.com

An automated response will be sent via email to confirm a successful online entry.

Entrants stand the chance to win development prizes. All category winners will take home up to R50 000 in cash, while exceptional achievement winners will be awarded R100 000 to attend an international tourism exhibition or study tour. The first runner-up will receive R35 000 while the second runner-up will receive R25 000.

CATEGORIES FOR THE AWARDS INCLUDE:
1. Service Excellence Category which includes the following subcategories:
• The Accommodations Awards: Hotels and non- hotels
• MESE Awards will include meetings, exhibitions, and special events venues.
• Visitor Experiences Awards will include scenic beauty, roots and culture, adventure and activities, wildlife, lifestyle, beach experience, and lap of luxury.
• Tourist Guides Awards will include nature guides, adventure guides, and culture guides.
• Tour Operators Awards includes both emerging and established tour guides.
• Rickshaw Pullers
• Crafters
• Event Organisers and promoters

2. The Sustainable Development Category awards those that promote universal accessibility and green tourism products.

3. The Entrepreneurship Category awards an emerging tourism entrepreneur recognising black-owned small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMME) tourism establishments.

4. The Upcoming Filmmakers Category.

5. The Exceptional Achievement Category includes five subcategories which are as follows:
• Investment
• Hospitality
• Rural and township investment development
• Creative Industry
• Persons with disabilities excelling in the sector.

After the entry process is completed, the tabulation and audit process for businesses will take place.
The entire awards process will be comprehensively audited. This will be followed by phase two which is public voting. This is keeping in line with the Awards’ objectives which is to achieve public awareness of local tourism products.
The third and final stage will see an independent panel of judges process the nominated products. This includes physical visits to the nominated businesses.

For more information email: info@durbantourismawards. com or call 031 322 4164.
Alternatively, visit www. durbantourimawards.com or follow @DBNTourism on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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