The development could not have come at a better time than when Kidepo Valley Park made 50.The nomination also comes on the heels the same pristine protected area having scooped an accolade from the CNN Travel site as the third best national park on the African continent.

Online voting has just closed with the organizers of the awards having encouraged both trade and consumers to submit votes in order to determine those companies and organizations who excel in travel, tourism and hospitality in the Africa region.

According to the organizers” Awards are to find the leading companies and organizations across different categories including “Leading Airline”, “Leading Tourist Board”, “Leading Destination”, “Leading Boutique Hotel Brand”, “Leading Golf Resort”, “Leading Business Hotel” and “Leading Safari Company” and “Leading Safari Lodge” and many others.

World Travel Awards is celebrating a landmark 20th year as the Oscars of the Travel Industry. In the Africa region, travel, tourism and hospitality companies from 31 countries will compete for the prestigious top accolades culminating in a glittering Gala Presentation Ceremony in Kenya fully endorsed by the Kenya Tourism Board.

Besides Kidepo, other African parks nominated for the awards include: Central Kalahari Game reserve in Botswana, Etosha National Park, Namibia, and Kruger National Park in South Africa, Masai Mara National Reserve-Kenya, National Park-Rwanda and National Park Tanzania

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.

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