Courant Best of Bloem

Clarens was awarded the Best Weekend Getaway in a 500-km radius by the Best of Bloemfontein Readers’ Choice Awards and last week it was time to pick up the award.

The Atrium of the Hotel School at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) was the backdrop of the glitz and glam that could only be associated with the Best of Bloemfontein gala evening. The theme of the awards, “Bring the Bling”, brought a touch of elegance and class to the ceremony. The evening’s proceedings were further complimented by the fine dining cuisine of the Hotel School and the smooth jazzy sounds of local band Pure Delicate Artistry (PDA).

The big winners of the evening was the LEjit Lekker Restaurant in Preller Walk, who scooped up an amazing six awards, as well as Campus Key Student Living, who became only the second Bloemfontein business to win the Most Innovative Business Award.  Stephen Gooch, FNB Free State Regional Head, said the idea behind the Innovation Award is to recognise and celebrate those local businesses that really embrace innovation in their business. FNB is the main sponsor of the event. – Pieter Delport

Di Jones, Karen vd Merwe and Bridget Bach represented the Clarens Tourism Forum, picking up the award

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