Travel Oscars
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Drum roll, red carpet, and glamour!

From Frances McDormand’s inspiring acceptance speech to ‘The Shape of Water’ taking home the big Oscars prize for the Best Movie, the 90th Academy Awards was filled with excitement!

Also at Amadeus, the excitement is running high as we announce the first ever listing of top travel movies as voted by African Travel Consultants.

More than 1850 consultants throughout Africa shared their preferences with us.

Here are the results:

Best Adventure Travel Movie – Under the Tuscan Sun

 With 628 votes, travel agents were most inspired by the writer who impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life, in ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’.

Italy is on the bucket lists of favourite destinations for many clients. From sipping wine under the Tuscan sun to admiring the history and art of this beautiful region in Italy, the destination has so much to offer.

The runner-up in this category with 625 votes was ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’.

Other nominated movies include ‘The Best Exotic Hotel Marigold’ and ‘The Darjeeling Limited’.

Best Experience Travel Movie – Eat Pray Love

Elizabeth Gilbert’s soul-baring memoir, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’, not only inspired thous

ands of women to change their lives, it also inspired travel consultants. 794 consultants voted for this “experience travel movie” about a 34-year-old who sets out on a journey to find herself by visiting Italy, India and Bali.

The runner-up in this category with 578 votes was ‘Into the Wild’.

Other nominated movies include ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’.


Best Business Travel Movie – Up in the Air

Shrinking travel budgets resonate with travel agents across Africa. 925 travel consultants voted ‘Up in the Air’ as the Best Business Travel Movie, which makes this the movie with the most votes in our survey.

‘Up in the Air’ depicts a corporate hatchet man, who is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes the travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he’s worked toward for years: reaching five million frequent flyer miles.

The runner-up in this category was ‘The Accidental Tourist’ with 510 votes.

Other nominated movies include ‘Lost in translation’ and ‘Welcome to the Sticks’.

Best Exceptional and Different Travel Experiences Movie – The Terminal

How often do travel agents advise their clients on long layovers at the airport and lounge access options?

With 727 votes, The Terminal was selected as the Best Exceptional and Different Travel Experience Movie. In this movie, Viktor Navorski is a visitor to New York from Eastern Europe.

Unauthorised to actually enter the United States, he is stranded at the airport and must improvise his days and nights in the terminal’s international transit lounge.

Runner-up in this category is ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ with 387 votes.

Other nominated movies include ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Up’.

Best Travel Movie Overall – The Terminal

‘The Terminal’ was also voted as the Best Travel Movie Overall, followed by ‘Eat, Pray, Love’.

Other movies travel consultants mentioned were ‘The Beach’, ‘Out of Africa’, ‘The Bucket List’, ‘Eurotrip’ and ‘Before Sunrise’.

We would not have been able to put together this historic shortlist of favourite travel movies as voted by African travel consultants without your help!

Paul De Villiers, Vice President, Africa at Amadeus IT Group selects the lucky winners.

 Here are the winners for every region:

East Africa:      Nicholas Mulimira

Ghana:              Massoud Abdul Mumuni

Madagascar:    Mialy Mandresy Noroarisoa Randriambololona

Nigeria:            Omobolanle Olatoto

Southern Africa: Talene Deetlefs

Representatives from our local offices will be in touch with the winners shortly.