Lion World Travel Receives Top Honors at South African Tourism's Ubuntu Awards and Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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DELRAY BEACH, FL, April 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lion World Travel was honored as "Top Producing Tour Operator" for the fifth year in a row at one of the tourism industry's most celebrated occasions, the annual South African Tourism's Ubuntu Awardsceremony.

The honors were bestowed at the fifth annual Ubuntu Awards at an elegant dinner reception at New York City's Gotham Hall on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The Ubuntu Awards recognizes South African Tourism's outstanding trade partners in business and leisure travel while celebrating South Africa's upcoming 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy.

The event was hosted by Ms. Sthu Zungu, President of South African Tourism, North America. U.S. South African Broadcasting Corporation Correspondent Sherwin Bryce-Pease served as Master of Ceremonies. The Hon. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, South Africa's Minister of Tourism, delivered the keynote address to distinguished guests including Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, South Africa's Ambassador to the United States. Jonathan Butler, South-African born, Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and guitarist, entertained guests with his mix of rhythm and blues and jazz fusion music.

"It is rewarding to be honored by South African Tourism with an award for selling a destination that we are so passionate about," said Lucille Sive, President of Lion World Travel, as she accepted the award. "We strive to give our clients and visitors to South Africa as many options and price points as possible. Our inspired travel itineraries and local knowledge have always distinguished us from the competition. It is so gratifying to see our team's hard work endorsed for the fifth year by our partners at South African Tourism."

Lion World Travel is proud to be the long-standing leader in North American travel to South Africa. Lion World Travel celebrated their 50th Golden Anniversary last month and is celebrating by undergoing a complete digital presence transformation, including re-branding the website, upgrading the brochure and introducing several exciting new initiatives.

About Lion World Travel
Lion World Travel is the leading tour operator from North America specializing in group and individual tours to Southern and East Africa, and is a member of the renowned Travel Corporation, which also includes: Trafalgar Tours, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Insight Vacations, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. In its 50th year, clients continue to benefit from Lion World Travels' destination knowledge, expertise, and emphasis on customer service. With their safari specialists all having first-hand knowledge of Africa, Lion World Travel can confidently assist clients in creating an African adventure that fits their specific interests as well as their budget. Extraordinary service, affordable luxury and value for money are what keep clients coming back to Lion World Travel.

Winner of the South African Tourism Ubuntu Awards "Top Producing Tour Operator for
North America" for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Winner of the South African Airways "Award of Excellence in Travel and Tourism for
North America" for 2012

Winner of Travelzoo Award for "Best Overall Provider of Vacation Package Deals to
Warm Weather Destinations" for 2012

About The TreadRight Foundation
Lion World Travel is a part of a joint initiative with The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation to encourage sustainable tourism within our own family of brands and in the places we visit. To date, TreadRight has donated more than US $2 million to sustainable tourism projects around the world. To find out more about our work with TreadRight visit: