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Meikles scoops top award

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HARARE’S five-star Meikles Hotel has been named best hotel in Zimbabwe in the 2003 World Travel Awards which were announced recently in New York.



ial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The World Travel Awards are presented annually by the World Travel Group, a leading publishing house with a number of travel and tourism publications in its stable.


Voting for winners is undertaken by 80 000 travel agencies across the world and winners are named in country and continental categories.

This year’s presentation ceremony was the 10th annual announcement of the prestigious awards.


Meikles Hotel, which recently won the Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents award for best city hotel in Zimbabwe for the 11th year in succession, was named best hotel in Zimbabwe and commended for its standards of service and overall contribution to travel and tourism in Zimbabwe.


“This is a significant award and is a positive recognition of the hotel’s ongoing effort to maintain its status as the country’s premier hotel,” said Meikles Africa Hotels’ chief executive officer Roy Meiring.


“We are particularly delighted to be in the company of a large number of the world’s best-known and most important hotels in their own country categories, as well as in the continental standings.”


Meikles Hotel, which is part of the Meikles Africa Hotels group, will celebrate its 90th anniversary in 2005, marking nearly a century of operation and service to the local community and to travellers from across the world.


It is a leading destination for many business travellers and conference organisers, as well as tourists travelling to Zimbabwe.


Cape Town’s Mount Nelson Hotel, which won the overall best South African hotel award, was named best hotel in Africa.


Other leading country winners included names such as Raffles (Singapore), Chobe Chilwero Lodge (Botswana), Hotel Cardoso (Mozambique) and the Royal Livingstone (Zambia).


The full list of winners was published in a recent edition of leading tourism publication Travel Weekly, which is read by hundreds of thousands of trade professional across the world.

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