2019 VAAL EXPLORER AWARDS

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2019 VAAL EXPLORER AWARDS

Vaal Explorer is the Greater Vaal River Region's largest on-line Tourism & Services information platform for tourists, visitors and local residents in the region.

The 2019 Vaal Explorer Awards took place on the 27th November at the beautiful Three Rivers Lodge Villa Anna Sophia. The black tie event was attended by representatives of the business community, Sedibeng Tourism, Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce, sponsors who were, Club Marine Insurance, 90.6FM Stereo, Magico and Three Rivers Lodge Villa Anna Sophia. The stars of the event were the top three finalists in 10 categories. Winners in 8 of these categories were decided by public vote and the categories for individuals were decided by public input and a panel of adjudicators.

The Vaal Explorer Awards is focused on all stakeholders who have worked hard in making their establishments a success, attracting visitors to the region and who delivered consistent service excellence. The event honours these stakeholders, where they can receive acknowledgment and appreciation and to celebrate the effort they have made to ensure a memorable experience for their patrons.

The region under the Vaal Explorer banner is the most unique in South Africa as it includes part of 4 provinces and includes the following towns: Balfour, Greylingstad, Val, Villiers, Heidelberg, Heilbron, Vredefort, Parys, Potchefstroom, Lindequesdrift, Loch Vaal/Barrage, Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, Sasolburg, Meyerton, Midvaal, De Deur, Klipriver, Henley on Klip, Deneysville, Vaal Marina, Frankfort, Oranjeville and Walkerville.

Recipients who received Awards are as follows:

LEISURE ACTIVITIES:

Gold Award: - Aquadome @ Emerald Resort & Casino

Silver Award: - Stonehaven on Vaal River Cruises

Bronze Award: - Krugerskroon Heritage Museum, Lindequesdrift

ACCOMMODATION - HOTELS

Gold Award: - Emerald Resort & Casino Hotel

Silver Award: - Pont de Val Boutique Hotel

Bronze Award: - Merchant Business Class Hotel

ACCOMMODATION – LODGES

Gold Award: - Three Rivers Lodge Villa Anna Sophia

Silver Award: - Stonehenge on Vaal River Lodge

Bronze Award: - Ingwe Guest Lodge

Bronze Award: - Waterfront Guest Lodge & Spa

Bronze Award: - Emerald Resort & Casino Bush Lodges

ACCOMMODATION – SELF-CATERING

Gold Award: - River Rock Guest House

Silver Award: - Liquid Lounge Houseboats

Silver Award: - Vaal Prive Holiday Resort & Charters

Bronze Award: - Emerald Resort & Casino Self-Catering Chalets

Bronze Award: Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve

GOLF COURSE CATEGORY

Gold Award: Heron Banks Golf Course

Silver Award: Val de Grace Golf Course

Silver Award: Emfuleni Golf Course

Bronze Award: Parys Golf Course

WEDDING VENUES CATEGORY

WEDDING VENUES CAPACITY 250+

Gold Award: - Three Rivers Lodge Villa Anna Sophia

Silver Award: - Emerald Resort & Casino

Bronze Award: - Benvenuti Wedding & Function Venue

WEDDING VENUES CAPCITY BELOW 250

Gold Award: - Pont de Val

Silver Award: - Zomerlust Country Estate

Bronze Award: - Renovatio River Estate

SPA & WELLNESS CENTRES CATEGORY

Gold Award: Always Upstairs Spa – Emerald Resort & Casino

Silver Award: Annona Spa @ Three Rivers Lodge

Bronze Award: Belle Foi Spa @ Pont de Val

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES CATEGORY

Gold Award: Skydive Parys

Silver Award: Animal World @ Emerald Resort & Casino

Bronze Award: Tapimanzi Adventures

RESTAURANT CATEGORY–RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Gold Award: - Gas Monkey Pub & Grill

Silver Award: - Urban Eatery Vereeniging

Bronze Award: - Anna's Kitchen @ Three Rivers Lodge

CONFERENCES & FUNCTION VENUE CATEGORY

CAPACITY 250+

Gold Award: - Three Rivers Lodge Villa Anna Sophia

Silver Award: - Emerald Resort & Casino

Bronze Award: Benvenuti Wedding & Function Venue

CONFERENCE & FUNCTRION VENUES CAPACITY BELOW 250

Gold Award: - Pont de Val

Silver Award: - Doringboom Restaurant & Venue

Bronze Award: - Merchant Business Class Hotel

Bronze Award: - The Art Farm

Bronze Award: - Liquid Lounge Floating Venue

Bronze Award: - Renovatio River Estate

TOUR GUIDES CATEGORY

Gold Award: Graeme & Karen Addison – Otters Haunt

Silver Award: Lisa de Speville & Celliers Kruger – Vagabond Kayaks

Silver Award: Tony Burisch – Heidelberg Heritage Tours.

Bronze Award: Ludwig Ankiewicz – Balfour Tours

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY

Bridge Builder Gold Award – Mark Hands – Emerald Resort & Casino

Outstanding Individual Contribution Gold Award – Klippies Kritzinger – CEO Golden Triangle Chamber of Commerce

Vaal Blanket Drive – Gold Award – Jaco Verwey – Guinness Book of World Records – Two records Achieved.

Vaal Explorer is very proud to be associated with the high standard and calibre of tourism establishments in the Greater Vaal River Region and endeavours to support, promote and assist establishments to build the tourism sector to a major contributor to the economy of the Greater Vaal River Region.