2015 Business Traveller Africa Awards unveils nominees

Posted: August 14, 2015 in general

satThe nominees for the 4th annual Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards have been announced, with the winners in each category due to be revealed at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, September 1, 2015.

Times Media Events and Business Traveller Africa magazine – in association with headline sponsor Absa and corporate partners ABTA (African Business Travel Association), Air France-KLM, ASATA (Association of Southern African Travel Agents), British Airways, ExecuJet Africa, Kerzner International, Thebe Reed Exhibitions, and Travelport – will be hosting the event.

Launched in 2012 in association with Business Traveller Africa magazine, the awards ceremony is an event for the South African business travel trade, covering all aspects of business travel, including hotels, airlines, car rental and travel management, along with related categories such as travel credit card provider, foreign exchange, visas, private aviation and conferencing.

As in previous years, South African Airways has picked up nominations in the ‘Best African Regional Short-Haul Airline’ and ‘Best African Long-Haul Airline’ categories, yet unlike in 2013 and 2014, it has not made the nominees list in the ‘Best Business Class’ and ‘Best Airport Business Lounge’ categories.

Air Mauritius, Mango, Comair, British Airways, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Michelangelo Hotel, and Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort are all double nominees, whilst the Emirates lounge in the international departures section of O.R. Tambo International Airport is a nominee in the ‘Best Airport Lounge’ category, making it a hat-trick of nominations for the Middle Eastern airline.

In the main hotel category, the ‘Best South African Hotel Group’ prize will be contested by City Lodge, Legacy Hotels & Resorts, Sun International, and Tsogo Sun.

The ‘Best Travel Management Company’ category sees American Express Travel Services, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, HRG Rennies Travel, and Travel with Flair up against each other.

Of the other main categories, the ‘Best Car Rental Company’ category has Avis, Bidvest Car Rental, Europcar, First, Hertz and Thrifty contesting the prize, whilst the award for ‘Best Large Conference Venue’ will go to one of Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Emperors Palace, International Convention Centre Durban, and Sandton Convention Centre.

This year sees one new category being contested – ‘Best African Low-Cost Airline – and the nominees in this category are Fastjet, FlyAfrica, FlySafair, Kulula and Mango.

“What is encouraging is the number of responses we’ve received to the voting survey this year,” said Dylan Rogers, editor of Business Traveller Africa magazine. “The survey went out to 1,700 ASATA-registered travel agents and 500 ABTA-registered corporate travel buyers, with the latter group also being tasked with coming up with the nominees and winner in the ‘Best Travel Management Company’ category.”

Business Traveller Africa magazine will also hand out the ‘Travel Personality of the Year’ award, which in previous years has gone to outgoing Avis CEO and OUTA Chairman Wayne Duvenage (2012), Comair CEO Erik Venter (2013), and ASATA CEO Otto de Vries (2014).

Sun International’s The Maslow Hotel will host the Business Traveller Africa Conference & Awards ceremony for the third time. Along with the handing out of the awards, the morning’s line-up will include topical interviews, speeches and panel discussions, with the much talked-about changes to South Africa’s visa regulations headlining the subject matter, together with the event’s first ever ‘corporate travel buyer roundtable’.

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

African Long-Haul Airline

Air Mauritius

Air Namibia

Ethiopian Airlines

Kenya Airways


African Low-Cost Airline






African Regional Short-Haul Airline


Air Mauritius

Comair (BA & Kulula)



Airport Business Lounge

Bidvest Premier (ORTIA – International)

Emirates (ORTIA – International)

SLOW Lounge (ORTIA – International)

SLOW Lounge (ORTIA – Domestic)

Virgin Atlantic (ORTIA – International)

Business Class

British Airways



Qatar Airways

Virgin Atlantic

Business Hotel in SA

Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre

Radisson Blu Gautrain

The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

The Maslow Hotel

The Michelangelo Hotel

The Westin Cape Town

Car Rental Company


Bidvest Car Rental


First Car Rental



Forex Supplier

American Express Foreign Exchange

Bidvest Bank


Global Distribution System




International Hotel Group

Four Seasons





International Long-Haul Airline

British Airways



Qatar Airways

Virgin Atlantic

Large Conference Venue

Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Emperors Palace

International Convention Centre Durban

Sandton Convention Centre

Luxury Hotel in SA

One&Only Cape Town

Taj Cape Town

The Michelangelo Hotel

The Oyster Box

Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa

Private Aviation Operator

Air Charter Service

Comair Flight Services

ExecuJet Africa

Federal Air


Small Conference Venue

African Pride Mount Grace Country House & Spa

Blue Lagoon Hotel & Conference Centre

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Focus Rooms

Indaba Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre

Lagoon Beach Hotel

Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa


Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

The Blades

The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

The Maslow Hotel

South African Hotel Group

City Lodge Hotels

Legacy Hotels & Resorts

Sun International

Tsogo Sun

Travel Credit Card Provider

American Express

Diners Club



Travel Management Company

American Express Travel Services

Carlson Wagonlit Travel

HRG Rennies Travel

Travel with Flair

Travel Sales Team

Beachcomber Tours

Bidvest Car Rental

Corporate Traveller

Flight Centre Business Travel

Protea Hotels

Thompsons Travel

Visa Service Provider

Blade Express

MDS VisaPak


Visas & Passports Unlimited

Visa International


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