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Port of Port Elizabeth vying for title as “Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2018”

The Port of Port Elizabeth is one of three South African Ports that have been nominated for the Africa & Indian Ocean segment of the 25th annual World Travel Awards in the category of "Africa’s Leading Cruise Port 2018”. 

Members of the public have until 19 August 2018 to vote for their favourite to be in line to take the prestigious title home, with the Ports of Port Elizabeth, Durban and Cape Town up against Kenya’s Port of Mombasa and Tanzania’s Ports of Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar.

The gala awards ceremony will take place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Saturday, 6 October 2018.

Founded in 1993, the World Travel Awards seek to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. Global travel and tourism industry leaders will be recognised at the various World Travel Awards gala ceremonies across the world, with Durban hosting the Africa and Indian Ocean nominees, delegates and media for the third time.

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) General Manager: Corporate Affairs and External Relations, Moshe Motlohi said: "To have been nominated for the annual World Travel Awards is a huge honour for TNPA because it means that the work we have put into positioning Durban and Cape Town as stimulus cruise home ports is being recognised, while the Port of Port Elizabeth is also taking its rightful place on the map for luxury world cruise tourism.”

South Africa’s growth as a cruise destination sees its ports increasingly featuring on the itineraries of luxury cruise line operators. Annual escalations in the number of visitors and liners have afforded TNPA, and the country at large, positive socio-economic spin-offs such as tourism development, job creation, skills development and supplier development.

The Port of Port Elizabeth in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality provides a big boost for the local economy during its cruise season, allowing tourists on stopovers to access tourism, leisure and wildlife experiences in and around the Metro.

One of the highlights of this cruise season was the visit of the Queen Mary 2 on 29 January 2018. She is the biggest passenger vessel to have visited the port with an overall length of 345m and gross tonnage of 149215.

To cast your vote for the Port of Port Elizabeth, Durban and/or Port of Cape Town, register an account on A verification email will be sent to your email account and you will need to click the verification link before you can login to cast your vote. Voting is open until 19 August 2018 at midnight.

 Statement courtesy of Transnet National Ports Authority.


Issued by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office (041 506 1555 / / @NMBmunicipality).

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