Maliba Lodge wins gold at the 2010 HICA Awards.

The fourth instalment of the Hospitality Investment Conference Africa (HICA) ended on a high note on 2nd November 2010, with a sleek lunch event held at the Sandton Sun Hotel, Johannesburg.

Stephen Phakisi at HICA awards

Mr. Stephen Phakisi speaking at the HICA Awards ceremony

Previously called the Tourism Business Awards, the HICA Awards have become synonymous with the celebration of excellence in Hospitality. They recognise and reward companies and individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution in lifting the profile of the Travel and Tourism sector as well as the Hospitality as a sub-sector, through promoting growth, investment, innovation.

Maliba Mountain Lodge is proud to accept the award in the “Best New Non-Hotel Tourism Investment” during the 2010 HICA Awards ceremony.

“This is indeed a great honour and privilege for us to be considered fit to even be nominated let alone being the finalist.” Mr. Stephen Phakisi (Maliba Lodge Director)

Stephen Phakisi accepting HICA award
Finalists in the category Best New Non-Hotel Tourism Investment are Maliba Lodge in Lesotho, the East London International Convention Centre and the new 6th floor of the Sandton Sun Hotel.

The Best New Non-Hotel Tourism Investment Award is a new category for the HICA Awards and has been introduced in recognition of the many high quality submissions of accommodation establishments made in previous years that could not be considered under the ‘New Hotel Investment’ category. Nominees for this award will include quality accommodation establishments such as lodges which have contributed to increased local and international investment into these types of products. The criteria used to assess nominations will include size of the project, functionality and fit with target markets, responsible tourism practice an impact on the wider community.

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