Hotel and gaming group, Sun International, received the prestigious award for South African Chain of the Year at the 2015 Expedia Awards staged at the Indaba tourism trade exhibition in Durban in May 2015.
Sun International also won the award for Africa Travel Campaign of the Year and its exquisite The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City in the North West Province was ranked as the Top Room Night Producer: Inland.
The Expedia group is one of the world’s largest travel companies with an extensive brand portfolio that includes leading online travel brands, such as Expedia.com®, a leading full service online travel agency with localised sites in 31 countries, and Hotels.com®, the hotel specialist with localised sites in more than 60 countries, including South Africa.
The Expedia Awards are based on stayed production between April 2014 and March 2015, and serve to recognize and honour partners that have excelled on the Expedia group and Hotels.com platforms in a variety of categories.
“Sun International is honoured to receive the award for the top hotel chain in South Africa in this year’s Expedia Awards. South Africa’s hospitality industry is competitive with a diverse choice of quality hotels and destinations to choose from, many of which enjoy a presence on Expedia’s online booking platforms.
“That Sun International achieved such impressive volumes on Expedia’s online booking platforms, especially considering the youthfulness of our relationship with Expedia, is a significant source of pride.
“The awards not only bear testimony to our commitment to delivering on our promise of quality facilities and experiences, but also to Expedia’s enthusiasm and commitment to work closely with us to align their solutions with our requirements in order to achieve growth.
“We look forward to working with Expedia to notch-up our hotels in Johannesburg and Cape Town as top destination producers,” says Anton Van Wyk, Revenue Manager of Sun International
Expedia’s Group Area manager, Ross Kata, says: “The awards allow us to celebrate those partners who have shared their own challenges and allowed Expedia to assist them to reach the coveted international traveller through its innovative marketing solutions, and drive growth.
“We congratulate Sun International on achieving three awards in this year’s awards programme.”