Two Livingstone lodges, located on the banks of the Zambezi River, have won four acclaimed international tourism awards as an endorsement for Zambia’s world-class tourism facilities.
David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa has been named as the 2013 global winner of the Best Luxury Lodge category and Best Luxury Safari Spa in Zambia.
On the other hand, Tongabezi Lodge has been named the 2013 winner of the Adrenaline Junkies Award of the Amadeus and WTM Travel Experience Awards as well as being one of the 100 best hotels globally.
The awards come barely months after Livingstone successfully co-hosted the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in August this year. Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) managing director Felix Chaila said the awards were an endorsement to the quality of tourism services the country was offering to the world. Mr Chaila, who visited the two lodges in Livingstone on Wednesday to congratulate them, said it was pleasing to note that the awards came following the successful co-hosting of the UNWTO General Assembly and after intensified efforts by ZTB to market the country abroad.
“With these awards, we can tell the whole world that Zambia has the best tourism facilities in the world and it makes us proud as ZTB.
“Zambia’s tourism industry is in the winning trajectory and 2014 will even make us above-board in terms of tourism promotion,” Mr Chaila said.
He was pleased that ZTB recently won seven tourism awards at the 2013 Zambia Institute of Marketing (ZIM) annual conference as well as the 2013 UNWTO Vettor Giusti poster competition. The poster, which depicts an aerial view of the majestic Victoria Falls capturing the beautiful background of the Zambezi River, has been displayed at the entrance hall of the UNWTO Headquarters building in Madrid, Spain.
Tongabezi proprietor Benjamin Parker said the awards would give a major boost to the marketing of Livingstone abroad. Mr Parker said his entity would continuously promote Livingstone, while there was also need for the Government to continue improving infrastructure in the tourist capital.
David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spar operations manager Keith Rissik said his entity would endeavor not only to maintain high standards but also exceed the expectations of guests in the years to come. Mr Rissik said gave credit to hardworking staff at the lodge and his beautiful property which he said was unique to guests.
From : Times.co.zm
By : Diran Chama
28 November 2013