Recently the Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents (AZTA) Awards was held at Circolo Italiano on 21st September 2013, the theme being Arabian Nights.
AZTA was formed over 60 years ago by a group of travel agents intent on joining forces to become one voice to suppliers and authorities, thereby ensuring it would be represented and respected as an industry player. The AZTA Awards are the principal means by which the members recognise colleagues across the travel and tourism sector for their efforts in achieving excellence in their given fields.
Africa Albida Tourism did extremely well at the AZTA Awards evening this past Saturday, winning a number of awards for their various Lodges around Zimbabwe.
- Lokuthula Lodges: Best Self Catering Property
- Victoria Falls Safari Club: Best New Property
- Victoria Falls Safari Club: Best Boutique Property
- Victoria Falls Safari Lodge: Best Safari Lodge over 20 rooms
1st Runner Up
- Victoria Falls Safari Lodge – Conservation / Green Award
AZTA has grown to a membership of 75 throughout Zimbabwe and is registered with the following associations:
IATA – International Air Transport Authority – Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland. IATA represents all registered airlines throughout the world and liaises closely with UFTAA. To be accredited by IATA, travel agents have to submit bank guarantees, have IATA trained staff, have secure offices and be easily accessible to the traveling public UFTAA – United Federation of Travel Agents’ Associations – Headquarters, Nice, France. UFTAA represent all registered travel agents throughout the world and liaise closely with IATA.
FESATA – Federation of Eastern and Southern African Travel Agents. This Association comprises 18 countries in the region, which come together at least twice per annum to discuss matters of common interest.
ZCT – Zimbabwe Council for Tourism – Headquarters, Harare, Zimbabwe. This Council comprises all the private sectors of the Tourism Industry of which AZTA is a member. ZCT liaise very closely with ZTA.
ZTA – Zimbabwe Tourist Authority – Headquarters, Harare, Zimbabwe. This is the Government arm of Environment and Tourism and liaises closely with ZCT.
As you can appreciate AZTA’s members are highly qualified to take care of all travel needs, and with all the above associations the general public should feel confident that they are dealing with professional, efficient and financially stable organizations.
AZTA has a constitution with a code of conduct to ensure that integrity is not compromised and a high standard of service is delivered with consistency and commitment to the valued traveller.
Date: 24 September 2013