World Travel Awards to be held alongside continental hotel forum in Kigali

World Travel Awards president and founder, Graham Cooke, said it will be an honour to visit Rwanda for the first time.

Rwanda will welcome World Travel Awards for the first time, with the Africa Gala Ceremony 2017 set to take place in Kigali on 10th October.

“It will be an honour for the World Travel Awards to visit Rwanda for the first time, later this year,” said World Travel Awards President and Founder, Graham Cooke. “The heart of Africa, Rwanda has become rightfully known for its spectacular scenery – think thundering waterfalls, towering mountains and virgin rainforests – and rare wildlife. This is a fantastic opportunity for Rwanda to claim its rightful place as Africa’s rising star.”

The World Travel Awards Africa Gala Ceremony 2017 will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre alongside the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) and AviaDev Africa from 10th to 12th October.

AHIF is the leading hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from international and local markets, driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa, and is attended by top international hotel investors.

AviaDev Africa brings together airports, airlines, governments, industry suppliers and tourism authorities to determine the future air connectivity and infrastructure development of Africa. The event provides an opportunity for the aviation and hotel development communities to share intelligence on their future plans, catalysing tourism development on the continent.

“I’m delighted that the World Travel Awards has chosen to hold its Africa ceremony on the main stage at AHIF,” said Jonathan Worsley, Chairman of organiser Bench Events. “The combination of AHIF for hotel investment, AviaDev for aviation route planning and the WTA for excellence in travel, all happening at the same time and in the same place, is bound to focus more attention on the importance of a successful travel and hospitality industry to the economic future of Africa – and that has to be a good thing.”

A full list of nominees for the World Travel Awards can be found on the organisation’s website, and voting concludes on the 21st August 2017.

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, it is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.

  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 27th July 2017

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