Travvy Awards 2015 – Full List of Winners

Travvy Award winners were announced at a Gala banquet at the Marriott Marquis in New York City. These awards were created to honour the best of the best in all categories of travel, including cruises, tours, travel agencies, travel insurance, hotels and resorts, car rentals, airlines and more. South Africa got three awards in different categories: 1. “Sun International Table Bay Hotel” for the categoty of Best City Hotel Africa & Middle East. 2. “South African Tourism” for the category of Best Country Tourism Bureau Africa & Middle East. 3. “Sthu Zungu“, South African Tourism North America for the category of Most Innovative Africa & Middle East Tourism Executive.


Know the full list of 2015 Travvy Award winners :


Best Cruise Line Contemporary:- Royal Caribbean International

Best Cruise Line Premium:- Celebrity Cruises

Best Cruise Line Luxury:- Regent Seven Seas

Best Cruise Line Overall:- Royal Caribbean International

Best River Cruise Line:- AmaWaterways

Best Cruise Ship Contemporary:- Norwegian Getaway

Best Cruise Ship Premium:- Celebrity Reflection

Best Cruise Ship Luxury:- Seven Seas Mariner

Best Cruise Ship Overall:- Allure of the Seas

Best River Cruise Ship:- AmaSonata


Best Escorted Tour Operator Africa & Middle East:- Abercrombie & Kent USA

Best Escorted Tour Operator Europe:- Trafalgar

Best Escorted Tour Operator Mexico & Latin America:- Trafalgar

Best Escorted Tour Operator Pacific Asia:- SITA World Tours

Best Escorted Tour Operator US and Canada:- Collette

Best Tour Operator Adventure Travel:- G Adventures

Best Tour Operator Caribbean:- MLT Vacations

Best Escorted Tour Operator Overall:- Abercrombie & Kent USA

Best Vacation Packager Caribbean:- Travel Impressions

Best Vacation Packager Europe:- Europe Express

Best Vacation Packager Mexico & Latin America:- Apple Vacations

Best Vacation Packager Pacific Asia:- Down Under Answers

Best Vacation Packager US& Canada:- MLT Vacations

Best Vacation Packager Overall:- Travel Impressions


Best Hotel&Resort Chain Overall:- Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain Luxury:- Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Best Hotel Chain MidMarket:- Barcelo Hotels & Resorts

Best AllInclusive Resort Chain:- Sandals Resorts International

Best City Hotel Africa & Middle East:- Sun International – Table Bay Hotel

Best City Hotel Asia:- W Hong Kong

Best City Hotel Europe:- Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Best City Hotel Mexico & Latin America:- St. Regis Mexico City

Best City Hotel US &Canada:- St. Regis New York

Best Resort Asia:- Club Med Bali

Best Resort Caribbean:- Sandals La Source

Best Resort Mexico & Latin America:- Zoetry Paraiso

Best Resort US & Canada:- Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel


Best Car Rental Company Domestic:- Enterprise Holdings

Best Car Rental Company International:- Hertz


Best Country Tourism Bureau Africa & Middle East:- South Africa Tourism

Best Country Tourism Bureau Europe:- Visit Britain

Best Country Tourism Bureau Pacific Asia:- Tahiti Tourisme

Best US City CVB:- Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Best US State Tourism Bureau:- Colorado Tourism


Best Foreign Airline:- Air Tahiti Nui


Best Travel Agency Group (Consortium, Coop or Network):-

Best Retail Travel Agency:- Tzell Travel Group

Best Host Travel Agency:- Avoya Travel


Best Rail Travel Company:- Rail Europe

Best Train Experience Worldwide:- Rocky Mountaineer


Best Travel Insurance Provider:- AIG Travel Guard


Best Travel Technology Provider:- VAX VacationAccess


Most Innovative Africa & Middle East Tourism Executive:- Sthu Zungu, South African Tourism North America

Most Innovative All Inclusive Resort Executive :- Gordon “Butch” Stewart

Most Innovative Car Rental Executive :- Greg Stubblefield, Enterprise Holdings

Most Innovative Consortia or Agency Group Leader :- John Lovell, Leaders Group

Most Innovative Cruise Executive:- Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian

Most Innovative Escorted Tour or FIT Executive:- Kensington Tours Team of Global Destination Experts

Most Innovative Europe Tourism Executive:- Carl Walsh, Visit Britain

Most Innovative Host Agency Leader:- Brad and Van Anderson, Avoya Travel

Most Innovative Hotels Executive:- Chris Austin, Starwood

Most Innovative Rail Travel Executive:- Randy Powell, Rocky Mountaineer

Most Innovative River Cruise Executive:- Rudi Schreiner, AmaWaterways

Most Innovative Travel Agent:- Tammy Levent, Elite Travel

Most Innovative Travel Insurance Executive:- Ellison Scudder, AIG Travel Guard

Most Innovative Vacation Wholesale Executive:- Jeff Adam, Down Under Answers


INDABA 2015 (9-11 May) – Durban, South Africa

INDABA is one of the largest and must visit tourism marketing events on the African calendar. Durban is the host city for INDABA 2015. INDABA is owned by South African Tourism and organised by Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management (Pty) Ltd.



Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC)
Durban Exhibition Centre (DEC)

Show Dates

Show Days: 9-11 May 2015
International Trade Days: 9-11 May 2015
Local Trade Days: 9-11 May 2015

Show Times

09h00 – 18h00, 9 – 10 May 2015
09h00 – 17h30, 11 May 2015
Exhibitors can enter the halls from 08h00


South African Tourism:

Exhibitor Profile

INDABA brings together a showcase of South African tourism products and services for the international travel trade. Exhibitors in the Durban Exhibition Centre include provincial authorities and provincial products and African Countries. In the International Convention Centre, exhibitor categories include accommodation, tour operators, game lodges, transport, online travel, media publications and industry associations. Outdoor exhibitors include transport, camping and safari companies.

Buyer Profile

Inbound Tour Operators
Foreign Travel Agents

Media Profile

INDABA has a dedicated local and international media who provide extensive coverage of the exhibition for the local and international markets through radio, television, newspaper and dedicated travel publications.


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Best spots to hang out with penguins in South Africa

In South Africa, People come from all over the world to see the penguins at Boulders Beach in Simonstown and Stoney Point in Betty’s Bay – which are the best spots to view them. Other places are :

  • St Croix Island
  • Dassen Island
  • Robben Island
  • Dyer Island
  • Cape St. Francis Rehabilitation Center
  • South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre (Samrec) in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve
  • Two Oceans Aqarium
  • uShaka Aquarium
  • Bayworld
  • Bird Island

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Momentum Multiply Partnership with Avis Car Rental

Momentum Multiply is a rewards programme which offers momentum clients great discounts on products and services from more than 40 popular brands. You can save huge amount of money money on every deal. For example : Gym membership,online shopping & gadgets, fitness assessments, travel and more. Momentum Multiply members who rent their cars through Avis can get up to 40% discount on every car rental deal, depending on their ‘Multiply status’. eg. Bronze (15%), Silver(20%), Gold(25%) Platinum(30%) and private club (40%).




For more information, Visit AVIS official website and enjoy the offers.

All about WTM Africa 2015

WTM Africa is the leading business-to-business (B2B) exhibition for the inbound and outbound African travel and tourism markets. It provides a platform to launch new products, increase brand awareness, enter new markets and to develop new business relationships. It’s a three day event which will held at Cape Town International Convention Centre.


Know all the information about WTM Africa 2015 event :

Event Venue :

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Convention Square
1 Lower Long Street
Cape Town
South Africa

Show Dates :

Wed 15th April 2015: 10:00 – 18:00
Thu 16th April 2015: 10:00 – 18:00
Fri 17th April 2015: 10:00 – 17:00
If you would like to know more about exhibiting at WTM Africa please submit the enquiry form here :

Top 10 Oceanfront Cities : National Geographic

National Geographic released a list of top 10 Oceanfront Cities. It has picked Tel Aviv as a top oceanfront city, because of their glittering seascapes. Durban has ranked 8th position in the list. The full list is given below :

1. Tel Aviv, Israel

2. Tallinn, Estonia

3. St. John’s, Canada

4. San Diego, California

5. Marseille, France

6. Perth, Australia

7. Brisbane, Australia

8. Durban, South Africa

9. Vladivostok, Russia

10. Portland, Maine


The Garden Route – The Most Beautiful Route Through South Africa

The Garden Route is one of the beautiful and most visited places in South Africa. It is an approximately 750 km long coastal strip and is also the most popular travel route through South Africa. The itinerary was named for the former settlers and explorers came to this fertile and green area such as the garden of Eden.

It begins in Cape Town in the Western Cape and runs to the East Cape to Port Elizabeth. The approximately 300 km long route from Mossel Bay to the Sauer bridge is considered as a classic garden route. This route can be navigated easily by car on the road N2. Because N2 is the main highway that passes through the Garden Route. It offers travelers numerous border landmarks, spectacular attractions and beautiful scenery.

Garden Route                                                                      Image Courtesy : Smee.Bruce

In the touring of Garden Route, many viewpoints invite you to linger and relax. There are different hiking routes, which are good to recognize by coloured markings. The hiking trails are classified according to degree of difficulty. The best known and most popular trail is the Otter Trail. For this trail hikers should allow several days. A shorter trail is, for example the way to the suspension bridge called the storms River Bridge, directly located at the confluence of the storm.

Along the Garden Route, there are many major cities, such as the city of George near the coast or the popular seaside resort with seafaring tradition Mossel Bay. Here is the Bartolomeu Dias Museum, which was built to commemorate the sailors. Another attraction is the Tsitsikamma National Park, one of the best known and most beautiful national parks in South Africa. The National Park is home to many ostrich farms near Oudtshoorn, as well as the stunning lagoon of Knysna.

Cango Caves & Knysna Elephant Park

To explore the Cango Caves and Knysna Elephant Park is equally impressive. The Cango Caves is one of the most beautiful hidden treasures in South Africa. These caves are located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg range. Except Christmas Day, these Caves are open to the visitors every day of the year. Visit South Africa’s Garden Route each year and see millions of visitors and experience unforgettable impressions.

50 Miler Canoe Marathon 2014, KwaZulu Natal, Durban

Keep up to date with all the information and activities of “50 Miler Canoe Marathon 2014” event held in KwaZulu Natal, Durban (6-7 December 2014).


It’s a two day event which will start from Saturday 6 Dec.2014. In this event, there will be a great opportunity for Paddlers to experience the thrill of the rapids, weirs and obstacles along a route.

For the honor of people who are fighting against cancer & in memory of those people who have passed on, Umzinyathi Canoe Club is collaborating with Lettie Paddle (, which is an organisation that raise funds to help peoples who are suffering from cancer.

know all the useful info about Event :

Date : 6-7 December 2014
Venue : Umzinyathi Canoe Club, Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Entry Fees for Event :

– For Senior R495.00
– For Junior R300.00
– Late Entry for Senior – R495.00 + penalty fee (R150.00) = R645.00
– Late Entry for Junior – R300.00 + penalty fee (R150.00) = R450.00

Entry Methods : You will have two methods to enter.

1. For Online Entries : You can enter online by visiting
2. Email Entries : Visit & fill in the form.

Closing Date for Entries : Normal entries will be closed on Friday 28 November 2014 at 16h00.
Registration : Registration will take place at Keg and Trout, Hillcrest on Friday 5 December from 5pm-7pm

NB: Payment proof must accompany all fax and email entries.

Race Rules for Paddlers :

A wristband will be issued to all Paddlers. It will be compulsory to wear this band during the event. In case of absence of band, paddlers will be disqualified. get more details here :

Payment Method :

Send your proof of payment to Lana by emailing at :

NB: Use your Boat Number as your reference.

Banking Details :
Umzinyathi Canoe Club
Standard Bank
Hillcrest (Branch Code: 045726)
Account Number: 062550071

For detailed inquiries, you can visit official website of 50 Miler Canoe Marathon :

Geek Fest 2014 in Johannesburg

This November, enjoy the Geek Fest-The Dark Carnival with your family and pets.

1. Date, Time & Venue

– November 29, 2014 – November 30, 2014
– Saturday 10:00 AM – Sunday 12:00 AM


Ball And All Driving Range
Plot 126, Cnr Malibongwe & Lion Park Road
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

2.Things to do and see in Geek Fest 2014

– Geek Street Market
– Cosplay
– Pet Parade
– Beer Garden
– Robot Wars
– Hero Clix
– Movie Marathon
– Geek Quiz & Plenty Of Prizes
– Magic the Gathering
– Bands and much more…


3. Cost:

– At the Gate on that Day :

R60 per adult
R30 per child under 12

– Web Tickets :

R50 per adult
R25 per child under 12

– R10 parking per car

Want to hire a car in advance, visit :

4. Prohibited Weapons:

– Radio jamming
– High voltage electric discharge
– Liquids (glue, oil etc.)
– Lasers above 1 milliwatt
– Un-tethered projectiles
– Open combustion (fire, explosive etc.)
– Visual obstruction
– Halon

5. Cosplay Entry Fee: R20
Note : There will be three categories: Anime/Comics, Gaming & Sci-fi/Fantasy.

6. Pet Parade entry: R20 (All money will be donated to charity).
Note : All pets must be socialized.

7. All kinds of sellers are invited to Sell their Goods, Promote their Brand & advertise their Services.
Stall fee : Starts from R450

For detailed information, Visit :
To purchase tickets online, Visit the page :

Cape town “Big 6” is now “Big 7”

Street Life of Cape Town will now become the part of Big 6. The City Walk, a new urban attraction has introduced by the Cape Town Partnership which is a collaboration between public and private sectors work together to develop, promote and maintain Cape Town Central City. Cape Town Big 6 (Cape Point, Robben Island, Groot Constantia, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch and the V&A Waterfront) has now become Cape Town Big 7.

This project has been endorsed by the City of Cape Town and will unfold in the year 2015. Now from the next year, visitors will explore total seven attractions of Cape Town (Big 7) instead of exploring Big 6.

Tim Harris, head of the city’s investment directorate, said that for visitors such a route would provide an accessible and coherent means to experience Cape Town as a destination. “For locals such a route can open up the city, provide a sense of inclusivity and encourage the sense of Cape Town being a ‘crossroads’ or meeting point across divergent histories, cultures and demographics.”

Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, Cape Town Partnership CEO says, “The development of a curated route or cultural precinct is something that will involve the stakeholders and participants in this story. Speaking at the AGM, she appealed to the public to work with the partnership to co-create the route. “We envision a team of stakeholders who will be able to engage with us about the narrative of this route. We want it to be authentic, and to include diverse voices and perspectives.”


   “Cape Town Partnership’s 2014 AGM”

These type of voices will include all those cultural heritages, historical landmarks, institutions and organisations which are concerned with contemporary development and public life. They will also include residents, visitors, students, artists, entrepreneurs, researchers, ambitious people and everybody who finds themselves engaging with the city.

For further details, Visit:


Connect at Twitter : @ctpartnership  #CityWalkCT