Johannesburg, Thursday, 07 September 2023: Africa Tourism Partners is thrilled to announce the top 5 finalists of each of the 9 categories of the Africa Tourism Leadership Awards (ATLA 2023). The Awards recognizes and honours change-makers and innovation pioneered by Africans, in Africa, for African travel, tourism, hospitality and aviation stakeholders. The Awards’ process included the following steps:

  • Opening of entries – 23 June
  • Deadline for Awards nominations – 15 August 2023
  • Announcement of top 5 finalists of each category – 07 September 2023
  • All scores have been audited by BDO, Audit and Tax Advisory, South Africa.

Over 200 nominations for the nine categories were received from across the African continent for awards. That was followed by a rigorous adjudication process by international panel of judges to select the top five (5) finalists per category.

The Africa Tourism Leadership Forum and Awards categories are as follows.

  • Leading in Progressive Policies’ Award
  • Outstanding Entrepreneurship Award
  • Outstanding Africa Tourism Media & Marketing Award
  • Championing Sustainability Award
  • Most Innovative Business Tourism Destination Award
  • Outstanding Accommodation Facility / Group Award
  • Outstanding Tourism Transportation Award
  • Destination Africa – Lifetime Award

Please click here to view the shortlisted finalists

Announcement of the winner, first and second runner up is scheduled for 06 October 2023 at an Awards Gala Dinner in Gaborone Botswana. The programme preceding the Awards Gala Dinner will include among others, high level trading day and training (B2B sessions, desktop exhibition, destination showcase, tourism entrepreneurship Masterclasses), networking cocktails, AfCFTA Forum on Tourism, Creative Arts and Cultural Industries and the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum sessions. These will take place from 03 to 06 October 2023.

Over 500 physical participants from across the world including thought-leaders, media, travel trade, industry practitioners, hoteliers, policy-makers, renowned experts and are expected to attend the Africa Tourism Leadership Forum & Awards (ATLF) 2023 in Gaborone Botswana.

Space is available to register for physical attendance, one-on-one B2B session, desk-top exhibition and destinations showcase.  Register now or contact the Registration Hotline on +27 (0)81 303 7030 or

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