DAVID Livingstone Safari Lodge and SPA, which is one of the enlisted official venues for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly next year, has won the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards (WLHA) category of the 'Best Safari Lodge and SPA in Africa'.
The award was presented to David Livingstone Safari Lodge and SPA director Steve McCormick at the annual WLHA award banquet held recently in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
WLHA is a recognised global organisation providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world-class facilities and services excellence.
Zambia's Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo and Botwana Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism Tshekedi Kharma, who unveiled the award in Livingstone at the weekend, commended the lodge for emerging victorious.
Ms Masebo said the award was evidence that lodges and hotels, as well as the people of Livingstone and Zambia in general, were ready for the UNWTO general assembly next year.
And Mr Kharma, who was accommodated at the same lodge for two days last week, said the resort deserved the award because of its excellent services.
"Honourable Minister, you have wonderful infrastructure and services for you to host the UNWTO general assembly next year and I wish you all the best as you prepare for this event," Mr Kharma said.
Mr McCormick said the award was a triumph for Zambia as it showed that there were world-class lodges in the country waiting to welcome visitors from across the globe.
David Livingstone Safari Lodge and SPA, which is located on the banks of the Zambezi River, has an excellent design style and architecture and spacious rooms among other facilities.