MAROPENG IMPRESSES AT WEST RAND TOURISM AWARDS
Maropeng has been awarded the best four-star hotel award at the West Rand Tourism Awards which took place at the Maropeng Visitor Centre on 17 February. Here all the West Rand’s top tourism business owners, tour operators and tourist guides gathered in recognition of excellence within the local tourism industry.
Adding to Maropeng’s accolades, Sterkfontein Caves’ supervisor and tourist guide, Reuben Tsime, received the award for best site guide.
“My staff couldn’t sleep last night after hearing about this award. We are so excited because we know that there is a lot of competition in the accommodation industry in the Cradle of Humankind,” says Maropeng Hotel Manager, Khathu Negondeni
Tsime feels it is hard work that led to him winning this award. “I’m really happy,” he says. “If I look back to where I was two years ago and to where I am now, I can’t believe it. It’s thanks to the management team and support of my colleagues that I’ve managed to reach this achievement.”
Chief Director of Destination Management at the Cradle of Humankind Management Authority and Gauteng Tourism Authority, Matthew Sathekge, says the awards contribute to growing the local tourism industry and economies. “Tourism holds a critical position in our economies, creating much-needed jobs for economic growth and investment from businesses,” he says.
Maropeng’s great conference facilities and beautiful location meant it was the ideal location for the awards evening. Sathekge says that holding the awards in the Cradle of Humankind also sits well with the tourism industry. “Tourism is a counterpoint to palaeoanthropology; it¬ shows survival of the fittest. A good tourism provider thrives when the going gets tough,” he says.
Sathekge says the evening’s Wild West theme reflects the tourism industry in the region. “The West Rand of Gauteng is indeed wild in its own way – both in respect of the excellence of small game reserves and the wild adventures available, including zip lining, quad biking and bungee jumping, among others.”
The awards also demonstrate that the West Rand is a competitive region where tourism services are top quality. “The awards demonstrate uncompromised excellence,” concludes Sathekge.
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