Villa Monticello, Ghana’s premier luxury boutique hotel was crowned Ghana’s Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards (WTA) red carpet African Gala ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda on 10th October, 2017. Villa Monticello was also recognized at the ceremony as Ghana’s Leading Boutique Hotel and Ghana’s Leading Hotel Suite for its Kwame Nkrumah Presidential Suite. Since its inception in 2011, the Accra based hotel has won a total of six coveted World Travel Awards. The World Travel Awards acknowledges, rewards and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the global tourism industry. WTA winners were selected by online ballot entries between March and August 2017.
Villa Monticello’s General Manager, Tapfuma (Taps) Shinya, and Guest Relations Manager, Matilda Mikekpor joined hospitality leaders from across the continent to accept the 3 WTA trophies at the African Gala which was hosted by CNBC Africa presenter and producer, George Ndirangu, and Rwandan DJ and media personality, Makeda Mahadeo.
“Since our launch in 2011 as Ghana’s first luxury boutique hotel, it has been a distinct honor for Villa Monticello to be recognized by World Travel Awards, an entity which celebrates travel and hospitality organisations around the world who push the boundaries of industry excellence. These awards are truly a reflection of our team’s culture commitment, dedication and vision in setting exceptional standards in hospitality excellence in Ghana and the West African region,” shares Tapfuma Shinya who has over 20 years in the African hospitality industry with leadership positions at The Stanley & Livingstone Hotel and Game Reserve (Zimbabwe), Humula beach Resort & Spa (Mozambique) and Cresta Hospitality (Zimbabwe/Botswana/South Africa/Namibia).
“Each year, we seek to improve the quality of our staff training, customer experience and updates to the design and interiors of our suites and meetings rooms. This year we have introduced amenities such as a new Brasserie, VM’s Finest Things gift Shop, complimentary mini-bars in all suites, and Rapport Catering, our event catering unit. We believe our efforts were well received by clients which resulted in the overwhelming public support for Villa Monticello during the WTA voting process.” adds Tapfuma Shinya.
Villa Monticello joins other pan-African industry leaders including Avis (Africa’s Leading Business Car Rental), Kenya Airways (Africa’s Leading Airline and Africa's Leading Airline - Business Class), Cape Town International Airport as 2017 WTA winners who will advance to compete in the World Travel Awards Grand Final this year taking place in Vietnam on 10th December.