Travelstart Wins ‘Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency’ At 2016 World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards 2016

Travelstart announces its win in the 2016 World Travel Awards – voted ‘Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency’.

CAIRO, 10 April 2016 -- Travelstart is pleased to announce its win in the 23rd World Travel Awards, being selected ‘Africa’s Leading Online Travel Agency’ for 2016.

The awards were voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, with the winners announced at the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony hosted by La Gemma dell'Est in Zanzibar, Tanzania at the weekend.

Commenting on the win Head of Communications Russell Jarvis said:

“Africa is one of the last frontiers in online travel and we’re delighted to receive this globally-recognised accolade from the World Travel Awards.

“We recently secured US$40m in funding and our next step is to cement our position as the number one online travel agency on the African continent.”

Travelstart, which has been in Africa since 2006, earlier this year announced a US$40m capital injection by UK-based global technology investor Amadeus Capital Partners. It operates in 10 countries in Africa, not including its operations in Turkey and the Middle East. The company, which is headquartered in Cape Town South Africa, also has local offices in Nigeria, Egypt and Tanzania.

Jarvis attributes the win to a “sweet spot” of innovation and service delivery excellence which the company strives for, “Growth in Africa’s middle-class and travel suppliers has helped widen our footprint throughout the continent. A flood of airlines, independent low cost carriers and business opportunities have created a vibrant travel industry despite the challenges first-movers face in this part of the world.

“We’ve built a robust platform to serve consumers and significantly lower fares for all travellers. We take all the complexities out of travel for both travellers and suppliers and solve real problems that only exist in the most diverse of markets,” said Jarvis.

Recognised as the “Oscars” of the global travel and tourism industry, the World Travel Awards exists to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the industry. Winners are identifiable by the World Travel Awards Winner Shield located on the website’s home page. See the full list of winners in the 2016 World Travel Awards.


About Travelstart

Founded in 1999 in Sweden, Travelstart started up in South Africa in 2006 to focus on the emerging market opportunity. Travelstart addresses complexities in the African travel market by directly accessing local supply, solving language and currency problems as well as the diverse plethora of payment methods. In addition to its technology platform which meets the need of travel bookers on mobile and desktop devices, Travelstart prides itself on delivering an exceptional service experience to its customers.

Travelstart provides travellers with real-time access to thousands of flights from all carriers and serves 2 million monthly users in 16 countries. Travelstart has offices in Cape Town, Dubai, Istanbul, Lagos, Cairo and Dar es Salaam. For more information, please visit

About World Travel Awards

World Travel Awards was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Today, the World Travel Awards brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire. In 2016, World Travel Awards will celebrate its historic 23rd anniversary year.


Russell Jarvis
Press release issued by Russell Jarvis, Head of Communications, Travelstart [email protected] | +2721 468 4306


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