Lilizela Awards: call for judges

Mar 4, 2015

South African Tourism (SAT) is inviting embers of the tourism industry to form part of the adjudication panel for the third Lilizela Tourism Awards.

The awards recognise and celebrate tourism businesses for excellence, for their contribution to South Africa’s global competitiveness, and for growing tourism’s contribution towards GDP and job creation.

The following awards will be handed out at the nine provincial awards ceremonies as well as the national award ceremony, taking place in September:

1. The Minister’s Award for outstanding, unique people, events and organisations that have performed in a way that urges the industry closer to tourism’s 2020 plan. This award is at the sole discretion of the Minister of Tourism. No adjudication is necessary.

2. The following awards fall under the category of Service Excellence and are adjudicated using a scoring mechanism that takes into consideration consumer reviews and judges’ scores. The consumer reviews account for 80% of the score, with the judges’ votes accounting for 20% of the total score.

a. The Accommodation Awards are based on the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) definition of accommodation establishments.

b. Visitor Experiences Awards have categories including awards for scenic beauty, roots and culture, adventure and activities, wildlife, lifestyle, beach experience and luxury.

c. Tourist Guides Awards, which include Nature Guides, Adventure Guides and Culture Guides.

d. Tour Operator Awards, which award operators who allow tourists to experience the vast authentic experiences in South Africa.

3. The following award for Entrepreneurship focuses on the entrepreneur and all the initiatives undertaken to grow their businesses. While consumer reviews are collected for this area, they are used mainly as a guide and not to determine the winners.

a. The ETEYA Lilizela Award (Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year Award) recognises black-owned SMMEs that have achieved notable success since starting up.

4. The awards for Sustainable Development focus largely on the motivation provided by the entrant as well the quality of the presentation of their respective businesses as per the rules of each category and are as follows:

a. Universal Accessibility Awards, which are based on the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa definition of Universal Accessibility.

b. B-BBEE Awards, which include Exempted Micro Enterprises (EME), Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSE) and Large Enterprises.

All members of the tourism industry are eligible to apply to be become a judge in any of the seven adjudication panels as long as they meet the following conditions:

A minimum three years’ working experience in the tourism industry; extensive knowledge and understanding of the tourism industry; only one category can be selected. No judge is allowed to sit in more than one category, and no judge can sit in the panel they have entered into, but are, however, allowed to sit in any other category.

There is no monetary compensation for the adjudication panel, however all travel relating to the adjudication will be covered by SAT. Adjudication will take place between June and July.

Please submit your detailed CV and a written motivation detailing your experience in the tourism industry by March 27 to Mashoto Zimba, Brand Manager: Lilizela Tourism Awards, via email on or (011) 895 3175.

The successful candidate will be informed telephonically by April 13.

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