FOR the 11th year in a row, Plettenberg Bay has received a nomination in the World Travel Awards as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination - a most prestigious honour for the Garden Route beach town. This is the 27th annual competition acknowledging global travel and tourism.
“We are extremely excited about the nomination, and in particular that this is the 11th year running that Plett has been nominated,” says Plett Tourism CEO Marius Venter.
“It’s important that fans of Plettenberg Bay participate - both travel professionals and consumers are eligible to vote,” adds Plett Tourism spokesperson Patty Butterworth.
“The destinations with the most votes in a particular category are named as the winner, which ensures that only the most deserving businesses walk away with one of these prestigious accolades.”
World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Each year, World Travel Awards covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to celebrate the achievements and strengths of the travel industry, within each key geographical region.
It is no surprise Plettenberg Bay has been nominated 11 years running. With the dedication and assistance from Bitou Municipality and the team at Plett Tourism, the area has won several accolades and award for its Blue Flag beaches and other coastal treasures.
Visit www.worldtravelawards.com/vote to cast your vote.
About Plett’s beaches
Plettenberg Bay has some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa. The town’s 20 kilometres of picturesque Indian Ocean coastline features pristine, unspoilt sandy beaches. Throughout the year, you’ll find beachgoers of all ages soaking up the sun and enjoying the many outdoor activities on offer.
Plett has received Blue Flag status for six beaches during the 2019/20 season. This includes Robberg 5 (11th year), Keurboomstrand (9th year), Nature’s Valley (8th year), Lookout (6th year), The Dunes (4th year) and Singing Kettle Beach (3rd year).
About World Travel Awards
Celebrating its 27th anniversary, World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade. In their quest to identify and reward excellence, organisers invite those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence to participate in their annual programme. Visit www.worldtravelawards.com for detailed criteria and info on the award process.
About Blue Flag
Blue Flag is the prestigious, voluntary eco-label for beaches, boats and marinas that is recognised as a trusted symbol of quality and is regarded by the World Tourism Organisation as the most well-known global eco-label. The Blue Flag Programme, which has been running internationally since 1987, is focused on the conservation of marine and coastal habitats, and is designed to raise environmental education and awareness, and increase sound environmental practices among tourists, local populations and beach management.
To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria spanning over four aspects of coastal management have to be met: water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, and safety and services. The criteria are assessed by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education).
Each Blue Flag site is compelled to conduct several environmental education activities during the year, and to practice effective and efficient conservation management. Visit www.blueflag.global for details.