Nominees Announced for 2017 Business Traveller Africa Awards


Future Group has released the names of the nominees for the sixth annual Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards – in association with ExecuJet – with this year’s event taking place at the Hilton Sandton on Friday (1 September 2017) morning.

Launched in 2012 in association with Business Traveller Africa magazine, the awards ceremony is an event for the South African business travel trade.

Friday will see 24 awards handed out, with a number of winners and nominees from previous years once again featuring in the list of finalists.

Future Group once again engaged ASATA (Association of Southern African Travel Agents), ABTA (African Business Travel Association), and SAACI (Southern African Association for the Conference Industry) in an attempt to source the most credible nominees in each category, and this year also broadened the voting scope to the wider South African business industry, along with engaging the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA).

In another change to the voting system, Future Group appointed a board of experienced travel professionals to oversee the announcement of the winners in each category. This board was made up of SA Tourism Chief Marketing Officer Margie Whitehouse; former SANParks CEO and SA Tourism Executive Director Mavuso Msimang; ASATA CEO Otto de Vries; Grant Thornton Johannesburg Deputy CEO & Head of Advisory Gillian Saunders; and former CEO of the International Marketing Council of South Africa Yvonne Johnston.

The Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards is hosted by the Future Group, in association with headline sponsor ExecuJet and corporate partners ABTA, Amadeus, ASATA, SAACI, SA Tourism, SATSA, and Travelport, along with display partners Air Mauritius, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Comair Flight Services, Europcar and TAAG.

The full list of nominees is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Adventure/Sporting Tourism Event

  • Absa Cape Epic
  • Cape Town Cycle Tour
  • Comrades Marathon

African Long-Haul Airline

  • Air Mauritius
  • Kenya Airways
  • SAA

African Low-Cost Airline

  • FlySafair
  • Kulula
  • Mango

African Regional Short-Haul Airline

  • Airlink
  • Comair (BA & Kulula)
  • SAA

Airport Business Lounge

  • Bidvest Premier (ORTIA – International)
  • Emirates (ORTIA – International)
  • SLOW Lounge (ORTIA – International)

Business Class

  • British Airways
  • Emirates
  • Virgin Atlantic

Business Hotel Group in SA

  • City Lodge
  • Marriott
  • Tsogo Sun

Car Rental Company

  • Avis
  • Bidvest Car Rental
  • Europcar

Cruise Operator

  • Cruises International
  • MSC Cruises

Forex Supplier

  • American Express Foreign Exchange
  • American Express Global Card
  • Bidvest Bank

Global Distribution System

  • Amadeus
  • Sabre
  • Travelport

International Hotel Group

  • Four Seasons
  • Hilton
  • Marriott

International Long-Haul Airline

  • British Airways
  • Emirates
  • Virgin Atlantic

Large Conference Venue

  • Cape Town International Convention Centre
  • International Convention Centre Durban
  • Sandton Convention Centre

Large Hotel Conference Venue

  • Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre
  • Century City Conference Centre

Luxury Hotel in SA

  • One&Only Cape Town
  • Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa
  • The Oyster Box

Private Aviation Operator

  • Comair Flight Services
  • ExecuJet
  • Federal Airlines

South African Hotel Group

  • City Lodge
  • Sun International
  • Tsogo Sun

South African Tourist Attraction

  • Kruger National Park
  • Table Mountain

Tour & Transport Operator

  • Hylton Ross Tours
  • Springbok Atlas Tours & Safaris
  • Thompsons Tours

Travel Credit Card Provider

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Travel Management Company

  • American Express Travel Services
  • Club Travel
  • Corporate Traveller

Travel Sales Team

  • Amadeus
  • Protea Hotels by Marriott
  • Thompsons Travel

Visa Service Provider

  • Visa Express
  • Visa International
  • Visas & Passports Unlimited

For more information:
Dylan Rogers
071 670 6667

To attend the Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards. click here.