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Tanzania: Serengeti Wins Global Tourism Award

The Serengeti National Park has been chosen the 2013 global winner of International Award in Tourism, Hotel and Catering Industry.

The Tanzania's second largest National Park won the award from the Selection Committee for the 38th International Award for Tourist, Hotel and Catering Industry which chose it above all other worldwide tourist destinations.

The Tanzania National Park's Public Relations Manager, Mr Paschal Shelutete explained in a statement that TANAPA would be collecting the prestigious award for Serengeti on the 30th of January this year during a special occasion to be staged at in the Madrid City of Spain.

The International Award for Tourist, Hotel and Catering industry was created by the Global Trade Leaders Club which is an International Businessmen Club with membership base of more than 7,000 associated companies globally.

The International Award for tourist, hotel and catering industry on the other hand, was created to recognize the prestige of companies and organizations working for the tourism, hotel and catering industry as a means of encouraging as well as stimulating those working in this sector which is of vital importance for the development of their respective countries.

Horse riding tourists in Serengeti National Park.

This year's award ceremony will be attended by tourism professionals from over 40 countries around the world and will coincide with the International Tourism Fair in Madrid, which is one of the main meeting points for the tourist industry worldwide.

Established in 1959, Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular park, which is also a world heritage site. Serengeti it is famed for its annual ungulates' migration involving mass movements of six million hooved mammals.

The migration includes more than 1.5 million wildebeests, some 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thompson gazelle in the territorial trek from Ngorongoro plains up to Serengeti Savannah and onto Kenya's Maasai Mara.

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