Rainbow Tourism Group dominates 2023 Sanganai Hlanganai Tourism Awards

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Leading hospitality company, Rainbow Tourism Group (RTG) stole the limelight when it bagged accolades in four categories at the 2023 Sanganai/Hlanganani World Tourism Expo hosted in Bulawayo yesterday.

Officially opening the World Tourism Expo and the wards ceremony, Hon Rwodzi, the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, said she was impressed by the quality of Zimbabwe’s tourism products which she said enhances the quality of visitors’ experiences.

She hailed tourism players’ commitment to bringing innovative and ubiquitous services to consumers of various tourism products and services and said the Government of Zimbabwe will continue to work on providing an enabling environment for tourism to thrive.

“The government provides the framework, infrastructure, and policies to support tourism, while the private sector brings innovation, investment, and operational expertise. Together, we can create a vibrant and sustainable tourism ecosystem,” Hon Rwodzi said.

Under the Best Tour Operator Brand category, RTG’s Heritage Expedition was the winner while its sister entity, Gateway Stream was the second runner-up.

The Rainbow Tourism Group was also the first runner-up in the Best Hotel Stand category. It was also the second runner-up in the Best Overall Stand category.

Speaking to this publication after amassing the accolades in a tightly-contested competition, Pride Khumbula, the Public Relations Manager of the Rainbow Tourism Group said the entity feels buoyed to continue working hard so as to maintain its reputation of being among leaders in the hospitality industry.

“The four awards from the 2023 Sanganai/Hlanganani Tourism Expo are a testament to the Rainbow Tourism Group’s commitment to providing innovations that give our clients complete satisfaction. We also look forward to giving our clients all products and services in tourism under one roof.

“We also look forward to collaborating with the government, regulators, and other stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry in our pursuit of excellence,” Khumbula said.

There were 365 exhibitors at the 2023 Sanganai Hlanganani World Tourism Expo held in Bulawayo from 12 to 14 October. The awards competition was stiff as most of the stands were up to standards.


Below, Spiked Online Media shares a summary of the awards:


Best Public Institution Brand

2nd runner-up Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe

1st runner-up Zimbabwe Regulatory Authority

Winner National Handling Services


Best Publicity Association Brand

2nd runner up Victoria Falls Publicity

1st runner up Harare Publicity

Winner City of Mutare


Best Training Institution Brand

2nd runner up University of Zimbabwe

1st runner up Chinhoyi University of Technology

Winner Mutare Polytechnic


Best Tour Operator Brand

2nd runner up Gateway Stream

1st runner up RouxGold Travel

Winner Heritage Expedition


Best Hotel Stand

2nd runner up Clevers Hotel and Resorts

1st runner-up Rainbow Tourism Group

Winner African Sun Hotels


Best Lodge Stand

2nd runner up Mavuna Guest Lodge

1st runner up Greater Bulawayo

Winner Antelope Park


Best Safari Camp

2nd runner up Heritage Expedition

1st runner up Big Cave

Winner Ngamo Safaris


Best SMEs Tourism Related Facility Stand

2nd runner-up Marketers Association of Zimbabwe

1sr runner-up Kyperr Connect

Winner Ashava Designs


Best Airline Stand

2nd runner up Air Botswana

1st runner-up Ethiopian Airline

Winner Air Zimbabwe


Best First-Time Stand

2nd runner up Manyeni Resort Safari

1st runner up Murare Car Rental

Winner Find and Go


Best Motor Vehicle Car Hire Stand

2nd runner up LED Travels and Tours

1st runner up Easy Go Car Hire

Winner Murare Car Rental


Best Provincial Stand

2nd runner up Harare OPC

1st runner up Matebeleland North

Winner Bulawayo Metropolitan


Best International Stand

2nd runner-up up Rwanda

1st runner up Zambia

Winner South Africa Tourism


Best Eco-Friendly Stand

2nd runner up Victoria Falls Hotel

1st runner up Museum and Monuments

Winner Mobile Museum of African Liberation


Best Overall Stand

2nd runner up Heritage Expedition

1st runner-up Air Zimbabwe

Winner South African Tourism