Travelopia’s South African Le Boat office has been recognised as the firm’s top performing division on the back of a whopping increase in yachting holidays over the past year, South African sailing website sailing.co.za reports.

The SA Le Boat office recorded the best growth of all Le Boat offices, beating off competition from the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, France and the rest of Europe, the website reports.

“This was the fourth time in five years that South Africa posted the best growth for all international Le Boat offices. The number of South Africans booking international canal boat and yachting holidays increased by 35% over the past year,” the news report said.

Liesl Nel, Le Boat SA manager, also received a separate award for the most effective canal boat marketer in the world.

Commenting this week Nel said she was “very happy as I am so passionate about the product.”

“The holiday allows South Africans to explore the rural areas of Europe at their own pace and at a very affordable price. It allows ‘experiencing’ rather than just seeing,” Nel told IBI.

Le Boat is one of Europe’s top boating holiday companies, boasting the world’s largest fleet of canal boats.