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This category is open to properties managed by hotel chains that offer complete luxury across all areas of operation. Guests should enjoy an extensive range of facilities and a comprehensive or highly personalised service relevant to the accommodation type. Properties short-listed for this award will display excellent design quality and attention to detail.
The Best Beach Hotel Experience award recognises a privately owned hotel that provides a range of services that merges effortlessly with comfortable amenities, creating a memorable stay for guests.
The Best Boutique Hotel Experience award recognises a hotel with less than 20 rooms that provides a range of personalised services with comfortable amenities giving an experience of cosiness with a unforgettable home away from home feel.
This category recognises venues, which provide high quality facilities specifically designed for business events e.g. meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
The Best Dining Experience award recognises a dining establishment that provides customers with a memorable experience through their concept, ambience and delivery of top-notch service on the beach. The successful finalists of this category will offer a high-quality menu, utilize local produce and offer seasonal menu items. Delivering an experience heightened by knowledgeable staff offering genuine hospitality.
The Best Stone Town Hotel Experience award recognises a hotel that provides a range of personalised services in the heart of Stone Town.
The Best Dining Experience in Stone Town award recognises a dining establishment that gives its customers a memorable experience through their concept, ambience and delivery of a top-notch service.
In Stone Town or on the beach – this award is for a locally owned and managed restaurant that offers authentic Zanzibar cuisine and excels in taste, quality of premises and value for money.
This award recognises the luxury and charm of locally owned guesthouses. The finalists of this award will have provided a haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Providing guests with a calm and relaxed ambience, with an expert team to fulfil every need. The focus of this award is on both the facilities and services that enhance the tourism experience.
Chefs will be nominated by hotels and will be given the highest recognition of their performance. Their innovation, creativity and pursuance to excellence are important. The Best Chef award will demonstrate innovative use of spices to create a fusion of mouth-watering cuisine along with alternative cooking methods to produce an impeccable menu to tease the senses. Their approach, design and execution of dishes will have clearly stood out from the crowd and impressed the diner.
This award honors the Best International airline, which operates from Zanzibar and has set a benchmark of airline excellence for international flights connecting the world and Zanzibar.
The award for Best Domestic Airline is a most important, quality distinction for airlines, which operate within Tanzania and serve various cities from Zanzibar. Regional airlines are defined as full service carriers that primarily operate domestic sectors in Tanzania.
This award recognises a major contribution to tourism through the combined contribution of touring and transport services. This category is open to local Zanzibari companies only who are members of ZATO. They should have been established for 3 years and above to qualify for this award.
The natural environment is a vital component of the Zanzibar tourism industry and a key competitive advantage. Responsible tourism is about respecting, protecting and benefitting local communities, cultures and the environment. This category recognises an environmentally sustainable tourism business that embraces such practice. The winner will have successfully minimised its environmental impact, conserved natural resources, respected local cultures and benefitted local communities while being a financially sustainable and growing business.
An overall award for the company or individual that has done the most to promote Zanzibar as a tourism destination over the years.