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Reproduced from the Go Newspaper March 29th 2007

Three local B&Bs awarded
 

THE semi-finalists in the 2007 AA Travel Guides and American Express Accommodation Awards programme have been announced – and at least three East London establishments have made the grade.

They are Haig House in Selborne, Princes Lodge in Vincent and Vincent Valley Lodge in Vincent Heights.

Now in its fourteenth year, 198 semi-finalists in 30 categories were announced. These include guest houses, bed and breakfasts, holiday apartments, game lodges and different types of hotels.

The programme, a widely used indicator for tourists choosing a place to stay, is the only established mechanism for consumers to voice their opinion about the quality of tourist accommodation in South Africa. 

More than 35000 consumers commented on approximately 1200 AA Quality Assured or star graded establishments across the country. Guests commented on aspects such as service levels, the quality of facilities, cleanliness, ambience and food. 



ONE OF THE BEST: Vincent Valley Lodge was amongst local B & B establishments to reach the semi-finals.

 

Sand said all information received from guests, whether positive or negative, is sent back to participating establishments: “This assists managers to improve certain aspects of their operations or to maintain existing high standards. The awards programme is, therefore, a very effective tool to respond to the needs of consumers,” explained Sands.

High scoring establishments were examined carefully and were visited by qualified and experienced assessors to verify that high scores were justified.High scoring establishments were examined carefully and were visited by qualified and experienced assessors to verify that high scores were justified.

 

 

High scoring establishments were examined carefully and were visited by qualified and experienced assessors to verify that high scores were justified.

The programme is open to any type of accommodation establishment that is a member of the AA Quality Assured Programme or the National Star Grading System and establishments enter the programme voluntarily. 

A complete list of the semi-finalists is available on www.accommodationawards.co.za. In the traditional and township accommodation categories semi-finalists will be announced during the next fortnight. All finalists will be announced in April and winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Tourism Indaba in Durban on May 13. 

 

 

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