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Awards galore at Sanganai/Hlanganani as African Sun wins best overall stand

First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa presiding at Sanganai/Hlanganani awards ceremony

The highly subscribed 15th Edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo that was officially opened by First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds yesterday witnessed an award galore with African Sun winning the Best Overall Stand as companies exhibited their products and services following the return to normal after the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Ms. Winnie Muchanyuka, the Chief Executive of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) – the organisers of Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel Expo, said the quality of the exhibition of products and services had improved, a sign of the resilience of the tourism sector to global challenges.

“Since we are coming out of COVID-19-induced lockdowns that had negatively impacted the tourism sector, we had set a target of 250 exhibitors but we are happy to announce that we surpassed this target because 270 exhibitors including 30 foreign firms are participating in this year’s Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo, which is more than we initially anticipated.

“The industry is ready, not only for tourism recovery but its growth as evidenced by the high quality of products and services exhibited during the expo. Everyone who came to exhibit is a winner considering they are still offering high-quality products and services in spite of the global economic challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. I also congratulate all those who won awards today and urge them to continue working hard to improve the tourism sector,” Ms. Winnie Muchanyuka said.

Mr. Maxwell Moyo, the Group Sales Manager of African Sun Hotels was ecstatic about the two awards won by the institution and promised to continue offering the best products in the tourism and hospitality sector.

“The awards won by the African Sun today are testimony that we are a leader and giant in the tourism and hospitality industry. This gives us the ammunition to continue giving our customers the best products and services,” Mr. Moyo said.


Below, Spiked Online shares the awards and categories at Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel Expo:



  1. Best Public Institution Stand

2nd Runner Up             Civil Aviation of Zimbabwe

1st Runner Up              Allied Timbers

Winner                        Airports Company of Zimbabwe


  1. Best Publicity Association Stand

2nd Runner Up                               Harare Publicity

1st Runner Up                                City of Mutare

Winner                                          City of Bulawayo


  1. Best Training Institution Stand

2nd Runner Up             Lupane State University

1st Runner Up              Belvedere Technical Teachers’ College

Winner                        Chinhoyi University of Technology



  1. Best Tour Operator Stand

2nd Runner Up             Kuva Travel

1st Runner Up              Heritage Expeditions Africa

Winner                        Best of Zimbabwe


  1. Best Hotel Stand

2nd Runner Up                      Pote Hotel

1st Runner Up                       Rainbow Tourism Group

Winner                                 African Sun Limited

  1. Best Lodges Stand

2nd Runner Up                               Mpala Boutique Hotel

1st Runner Up                                Gwango Safaris

Winner                                          Hardy House


  1. Best Women Owned Facility Stand

2nd Runner Up                               Ndawo Safaris

1st Runner Up                                Mpala Boutique Hotel

Winner                                          Gwango Safaris

  1. Best SME’s Tourism Related Facility Stand

2nd Runner Up                      Mosi Oa Tunya Cigars

1st Runner Up                       Outbound Cargo and Trophy Exporters

Winner                                 Once Upon a Time

  1. Best Airline Stand

2nd Runner Up                               Fly Emirates

1st Runner Up                                South Africa Airlink

Winner                                          Ethiopian Airlines


  1. Best Motor Vehicle/Car Hire Stand

2nd Runner Up                      Impala Car Hire

1st Runner Up                       LED Travel and Tours

Winner                                 Easy Go


  1. Best Provincial Stand

2nd Runner Up                      Mashonaland West

1st Runner Up                       Bulawayo Metro

Winner                                 Matabeleland North

  1. Best International Stand

2nd Runner Up                      South Africa Tourism

1st Runner Up                       Rwanda Development Board

Winner                                 Zambia Tourism Agency


  1. Best Zimbabwe Stand

Winner                                          African Sun Limited                                                                          

  1. Best Overall Stand

Winner                                          African Sun Limited           


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