The Blue Train was named as Africa’s Leading Luxury Train by the World Travel Awards – for the eighth consecutive year! The Blue Train has been the undisputed winner of this title since 2009!
The World Travel Awards, ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’, celebrated its 23rd anniversary at the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony held at Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on the 9th April 2016. Receiving a World Travel Award, which is considered the world over as the ultimate travel award, shows customers of your continuing endeavours to improve products and services, and pushing the limits of industry excellence.
“It is an absolute honour to receive this award. It couldn’t have come at a better time than this year, as we celebrate our 70th anniversary. Our Birthday celebrations have just started”, comments an elated Hanlie Kotze, The Blue Train’s Executive Manager.
“As an iconic brand, we continue to strive for excellence not just in the rail operator business, our area of expertise, but in the travel and tourism industry as a whole. We continue to offer our guests unsurpassed, memorable experiences and most importantly good value for their money – especially during these tough and trying economic times. We cannot afford not to! Luxury products, like ours, are the first people forgo in tough economic times, when they ‘tighten their belts’ a little. Our service excellence should not make this an option. We look forward to the Grand Finale where the World Awards will take place in the Maldives islands later in the year. The World’s Leading Luxury Train, has eluded us for the past three years. Hopefully this is the year we can reclaim it, as it coincides with our 70th Anniversary. Holding thumbs…” concludes Kotze.
The Blue Train celebrates its Africa win with other notable fellow South African products who also collected accolades in their respective fields; O.R. Tambo International – Africa’s Leading Airport, Abercrombie and Kent – Africa’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator, Singita Game Reserves – Africa’s Leading Game Reserve Brand, Sun City Resort – Africa’s Leading Resort, to name but a few.
The World Travel Awards (WTA) celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.
Attended by senior executives from major travel companies, operators, destinations, WTA events are universally respected as providing established, top level networking opportunities, regionally and globally.
The brand aims to celebrate those organisations who push the boundaries of industry excellence.
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Article by Fred Felton