Liliesleaf recognized as one of the best new tourism projects in the world.






Liliesleaf recognized as one of the best new tourism projects in the world.

At the British Guild of Travel Writers Annual Awards this month, Liliesleaf was honoured with a Merit Award, recognizing it as one of the best new tourism projects in the world. Each year, the British Guild of travel writers gives out its own special awards at a gala dinner on the evening of World Capital Travel Market. Some of these awards include; Best overseas tourism Project, given for the best new overseas tourism project which not only has a tourist potential, but is of benefit to the local community and the environment. Another Award up for grabs is, The Best UK Tourism project awarded for the best new tourism project in the UK, which likewise has tourist potential, but also benefits the local community and environment. The final Award on offer is, The Globe Award, inaugurated in 2001, this is given to a major new tourism project worldwide, with projected visitor numbers of over 250 000 per year. Like the other awards it should combine responsible tourism development, with local economic, environmental and community benefits. All these new tourism projects are proposed by members of the guild and then judged by the 270 Journalists, Authors, Editors, Photographers and Broadcasters, who are members of the organization that, this year, celebrates its 50th Birthday.

Nicholas Wolpe CEO of the Liliesleaf Trust Says “It is a privilege to receive such an award for it honours and recognizes the collective effort, hard work and dedication of all those people involved in restoring and preserving this iconic and unique historical site.”

Liliesleaf, a heritage site, had been purchased by the Communist Party in August of 1961, which evolved into the High Command of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC, until the raid in July 1963, which resulted in the much publicized ‘Rivonia Trial.’ Liliesleaf forms a crucible for the liberation movement as it commemorates a seminal and strategic point in South Africa’s history in the struggle for liberty and equality.

The Mantis Group is honored to be associated with the Liliesleaf legacy project as it embarks upon a joint venture of developing a luxurious Boutique Hotel in the New Year. The hotel will be the final component of the legacy project and will become an expression of what Liliesleaf personifies. It will be a place of engagement, dialogue and a journey of discovery.

For more information on The Liliesleaf Development please contact Nicky Arthur on

021 4050754 or email

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