Zambia Tourism Board (ZTB) managing director Felix Chaila said in a statement that Zambia received eight awards out of the 23 categories.
The winning nominees were in categories such as Best Safari in Africa and Best Safari Property in Southern Africa, both scooped by Chiawa Camp-Lower Zambezi.
The other winning nominees were Best Safari House in Africa whose award went to Chongwe River House and Best Personal Contribution to Safari Tourism category scooped by Robin and Jo Pope.
Mr Chaila said the Best Agent in Southern Africa and Ocean Islands award presented to Voyagers Zambia was an important feat as it exemplified exceptional performance surpassing agents from busy destinations such as South Africa and Mauritius.
“In addition, it is also an indicator of the ground handling capacity that voyagers has and will serve to instill confidence in Zambia as a destination in the source markets,” he said.
He said Zambian travel industries such as Grant Cummings, Norman Carr Safaris, Luangwa Safari House-South Luangwa and Robin Pope Mobile Safaris were runners up in Best Contribution to Wildlife Conservation, Best Personal Contribution to Safari Tourism, Best Safari House and Best Guiding Team awards respectively.
“The Zambia Tourism Board intends to see these awards as a strong selling point in the source and emerging markets.”
ZTB participated in the Indaba Tourism Exhibition from May 7 to May 11, 2011 represented by 33 private sector members of the travel industry comprising lodges, airlines, hotels, ground handlers and travel agencies.
Indaba, owned by South African Tourism, is a largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and it is one of the top three ‘Must Visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.
Indaba has won the Africa’s Best Travel and Tourism award show for two years in a roll presented by the Association of the World Travel Awards.