Air Mauritius Announces Winners Of This Year’s Travel Oscar Awards


Yesterday evening, Air Mauritius announced the winners of its annual Travel Oscar Awards, held at the Houghton Hotel in Johannesburg.

The annual Travel Oscar Awards recognise Air Mauritius’s partners, and their diligence. Thus, the theme for this evening’s awards was especially fitting – Follow your dreams; they know the way.

“Tonight is about the partners who have worked extremely hard… This year was a tough year and we witnessed commitment and partnership at its best,” said Carla da Silva, Air Mauritius Regional General Manager:  Africa and Latin America. It is this commitment and partnership that have contributed to the successes of both the airline and the Mauritius region – now a billion-rand operation.

The Awards recognised performance across a number of categories, including Marketing, Commitment, Groups, Growth, Corporate Business, and Retail Consortium.

Beachcomber Tours was awarded the Top Partner Award for 2019, having contributed significantly to the revenue growth of the airline. The Top Marketing Partner Award was bestowed on Travel Start. The Holiday Factory was recognised as the Top Commitment Partner to the airline.

“Without partnerships, like-minded organisations and peers, businesses do not grow and achieve great things. We are very grateful for the partnerships that help us achieve our value chain goals,” said da Silva.

Da Silva also noted that for aviation to be the catalyst for prosperity, borders must be open to people and to trade. “The more people are connected through flying, the greater the benefit to all people of the world,” she said.

For its part, Air Mauritius is committed to a superior flight experience for the traveller, through investment in fleet modernisation and technological advancement. “Air Mauritius is a four-star International Airline, carrying 1.7 million passengers in two new-generation aircrafts – the A350-900 and A330-900 Neo. Air Mauritius is the first airline, globally, to operate both of these aircraft simultaneously,” said da Silva. These aircraft emit lower carbon emissions – a significant benefit for the airline.
Air Mauritius also continues to invest in a number of corporate sustainability and social responsibility initiatives, such as its One Take-Off, One Tree programme as well as its partnership with the Reach For a Dream Foundation.

The airline’s strong focus on service and customer experience has earned da Silva and her team accolades and awards. “I am very excited to announce that Air Mauritius is working towards injecting new and additional capacity into Cape Town and Johannesburg, effective April 2020. We have established both Leisure and Corporate value propositions, offering more value for money so that travel becomes more accessible,” said da Silva.

“We continue to appeal to all our travel partners to support Air Mauritius, so that we can continue to grow in this region,” she said.

The Travel Oscar Awards herald a positive start to what is set to be a remarkable year – and decade – for the travel industry.

Air Mauritius Travel Oscar Award recipients:

Category 1: Marketing

Top Marketing Partner 2019: Travel Start
Top Travel Smart Marketing Partner 2019: The Holiday Factory

Category 2: Commitment

Top Commitment Partner 2019: The Holiday Factory
Top Travel Smart Partner 2019: Beachcomber Tours
Top Committed Seats Partner to Air Mauritius Network 2019: One Stop Travel and Tours
Special Commitment Awards: Jackie Turnbull, Holiday Factory; Terry Munro, Beachcomber Tours

Category 3: Groups on Air Mauritius to Mauritius

Top Groups Partner 2019:
• 3rd Place: Tourvest Travel Solutions
• 2nd Place: Cullinan Holdings
• 1st Place: Beachcomber Tours
Top Groups Partner Beyond Mauritius 2019: One Stop Travel and Tours

Category 4: Market Share Award

Top Market Share Partner 2019: Cullinan Holdings

Category 5: Strategic, Collaborative, Innovative and Authentic Leader Award

Top Strategic, Collaborative, Innovative and Authentic Leader 2019: Morne du Preez, Tourvest Travel Solutions

Category 6: Highest Growth Partner

Highest Growth Partner 2019: Club Med
Category 7: Top Corporate Business

Top Corporate Business 2019: Tourvest Travel Solutions

Category 8: Top Retail Consortium Partner

Top Retail Consortium Partner 2019: Club Travel

Category 9: Southern Africa Top Performer

Southern Africa Top Performer 2019: Lucky Sky Travelling Agency (Botswana) and Rennies Travel Namibia

Category 10: Partnership Awards

Partnership Awards 2019:
• Mauritius High Commission
• Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa
• Reach for a Dream Foundation
• IT Evolution
• Vault Marketing
• Vaughn’s Creations
• Now Media
• Bidair
• South African Airways Passenger Handling
• Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)
• Wesgro
• The Hunter Group

Category 11: Top Ten Partners
Based on revenue support and growth

10: One Stop Travel & Tours
9: Travel Start
8: Club Med
7: World Leisure Holidays
6: Cullinan Holdings
5:  Club Travel
4: Tourvest Travel Solutions
3: Flight Centre
2: The Holiday Factory
1: Beachcomber Tours

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