Shining stars of African tourism: The 2023 Africa Tourism Leadership Awards’ winners


It was a night of glamour and celebration as the crème de la crème of Africa’s tourism industry gathered for the prestigious 2023 Africa Tourism Leadership Awards. The event took place at the Gaborone International Convention Centre and was attended by dignitaries, industry leaders, and celebrities from across the continent, marking the end of this 2023 Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards.

As the evening unfolded, the stage was set for a remarkable display of talent, dedication, and innovation in several fields of tourism. The awards ceremony began with a warm welcome from the host, a renowned African actor, who set the tone for an evening of recognition and inspiration.

The Award Winners
Leading in Progressive Policies Award
Affairs under the Office of the President of Ghana.

Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award
Lizanne Du Plessis, Eco Africa Digital – South Africa

Outstanding Africa Tourism Media and Marketing Award
CNBC Africa, South Africa.

Women in Leadership Award
Lizanne Du Plessis, South Africa

Championing Sustainability Award
African Wildlife Foundation, Kenya

Most Innovative Business Tourism Destination Award
City of Cape Town, South Africa

Outstanding Accommodation Facility/Group Award
The Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles

Outstanding Tourism Transportation Award
Ethiopian Airlines

Destination – Africa Lifetime Award
Philda Nani Kereng, the Minister of Environment and Tourism in Botswana

Special Recognition Award
Emeritus Prof Ernie Heath, South Africa

Minister’s Special Award Presented by Philda Nani Kereng
Minister Philda Nani Kereng presented the “Minister’s Special Award” to two remarkable individuals, Kinson Kgaga from the Botswana Guides Association and Mrs. Mmankudu Glickman from Bahurutse Cultural Village.

The 2023 Africa Tourism Leadership Awards were not just about recognizing excellence; they were a testament to the passion, innovation, and dedication that drive Africa’s tourism industry forward.

The night concluded with a festive gala dinner, where attendees networked, shared stories and looked forward to a brighter future for African tourism.


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