PUBLIC URGED TO VOTE IN DURBAN TOURISM BUSINESS AWARDS
It’s all systems go for the second phase of the inaugural Durban Tourism Business Awards with the public voting phase opening on Friday, 11 March from 8:00 am. This allows the public to vote for the various tourism products that were entered into the competition. Voting is open until 18 March at 11:00 pm.
To cast your vote, go to: www.durbantourismawards.com. Public voting is only open for the Service Excellence Category which encompasses six subcategories that are customarily experienced by tourists.
The awards that are open for public vote are Rickshaw Pullers, Tour Operators, Accommodation, Visitor Experiences, Tourist Guides, and Meetings, Exhibitions, and Special Events venues.
The first phase of the awards saw around 200 business owners entering their tourism products.
The awards, set to take place in May, aim to reward excellence in the Durban tourism sector.
They further aim to create awareness about the importance of tourism in growing the local, provincial, and national economy and the need to incentivise tourism products, especially with COVID-19 and the impact it has had on the tourism sector.
EThekwini Mayor Councillor Mxolisi Kaunda said: “The public will be voting based on their experience of these attractions. This will assist the independent panel of judges to reward deserving establishments.”
There are cash and development prizes up for grabs. The winner in each category will take home a prize with a monetary value of up to R50 000. This includes a laptop, iPad or tablet, development, and maintenance of a website for six months, and data for six months.