Belfast based Mahlatini Luxury Travel was named overall winner of the Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holiday Company prize at the prestigious 2017 British Travel Awards this week.
The announcement was made at a Gala Awards ceremony in London with Mahlatini picking up gold in front of over a thousand travel industry people.
The British Travel Awards are the 'Oscars of the travel industry' and are voted by the public.
Mahlatini Luxury Travel is based in Belfast and operates as a global provider of specialist luxury holidays to Africa and the Indian Ocean with a network of agency and destination partners all over the world.
The travel specialist services clients from North America, the Far East and Australasia as well as throughout the UK and Europe.
Chris Goldring from Mahlatini said: “For an independent company like Mahlatini to beat such travel bastions as Virgin Holidays, Hayes and Jarvis, Titan and Saga is fantastic.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be named overall winner of the Best Safari, Wildlife and Nature Holiday category. It proves that companies from Northern Ireland can operate and compete on a global scale.
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton added: “Mahlatini is to be congratulated on being named overall winner in the Best Safari, Wildlife & Nature Holiday category.
"The British Travel Awards is the largest awards programme in the UK and this year 722,473 votes were cast by the travelling public to determine the winners and to win is truly an accolade.”
Meanwhile, the Giants Causeway also picked up an award on the evening and was named Best UK Heritage Attraction for the third year in a row.