Serena sweeps the board at WTA with 6 trophies


(Posted 18th October 2013)

(Graham S.E. Cooke handing over yet another WTA Award to Serena’s Director of Operations Mark Gathuri with this correspondent looking on)

Nairobi based Serena Hotels, a group presently owning and operating some 24 hotels, resorts, lodges and safari camps in the 5 African countries of Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Mozambique, have crowned Kenya’s sterling performance at the World Travel Awards for Africa ceremony yesterday when taking a staggering 6 awards home, including being named as Africa’s Best Hotel Brand.

This adds to the trophy cabinet as Serena already bagged a number of other awards this year, or remains in the running as the finals of for instance the World Luxury Hotel awards is still coming up.

Serena Hotels’ Maisha Spa’s: Finalists in the ‘Best Luxury Hotel Category- World Luxury Spa Awards’ 2013.

Lake Elmenteita Serena Camp: Bronze Award from the Total Eco Challenge, 2013 by the Total Group. This was in recognition of its commitment to protecting and conserving the natural environment whilst promoting responsible tourism practices.

Serena Hotels:Awarded ‘Best Corporate Hotel in Tanzania’ by theTanzania Society of Travel Agents (TASOTA) 2013.

Serena Hotels: Awarded ‘Best Africa Hotel Chain’ by the, Africa Travel Awards, 2013 (African Travel Market of West Africa).

Serena Hotels: Awarded ‘Most Desired Foreign Hotel 2013’ by the Gold List for China Tourism, initiated by National Geographic China.

Rhoda Wambui of Serena Hotels: Winner of the Kenya National Barista Championships of the Kenya Coffee Traders Association under the auspices of the African Fine Coffees Association and sanctioned by the World Barista Championships.

At hand last night to receive the awards was the entire top brass of Serena, led by CEO Mahmud Janmohammed, Director of Operations Mark Gathuri alongside Director of Sales and Marketing Rosemary Mugambi and colleagues Killian Lugwe, Charles Muia, Anthony Chege, Daniel Kangu, Rahim Azad.

Mr. Janmohamed, beaming with pride and joy after receiving the Africa Award, said: ‘The recognition for excellence is indeed an honor in itself and we are very proud to receive these six awards, which mark the sixth continuous year of our having been recognized by the World Travel Awards. The awards confirm that our strategy to invest on an ongoing basis, in both our hardware – the physical product, and our software – our human resources, continue to pay dividends. To all those travel professionals who voted for us we would like to say, thank you for valuing us as highly as we value you. Your faith in us will continue to be rewarded. To our staff, we would also like to offer a big ‘thank you’, because we know that it is entirely thanks to your unwavering dedication and loyalty that we have been fortunate enough to have attained the accolade of being Africa’s Leading Hotel Brand’.

The World Travel Awards, now in their 20th year, were established to ‘acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry’. Often dubbed as ‘the Oscars of the Travel Industry’, the much sought-after awards reflect the opinions and preferences of travel professionals across the globe. Issued in 50+ categories and covering the entire spectrum of the industry from airlines to hotels to DMC’s, the WTA’s are universally perceived as the ultimate global travel accolade.

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  1. wow bravo to serena hotels….am a fun of serena, through expirience have gone to serena mara, it such a great expirienc to have….

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