Join us in The APTA Pavilion at the New York Travel Show January 2018

The New York Travel Show will be held on 26 January 2018 – 28 January 2018 at the Javits Convention Centre in New York.  This is the largest travel-trade show of its kind in the US, and the largest consumer travel show in the country, attracting more than 20,000 consumer attendees over 3 days.  More than 500 exhibitors and 100 countries participate.

 The Association for Promotion of Tourism to Africa is pleased once again to invite corporate members to participate in the APTA Pavilion at the New York Times Travel Show 2018

 We currently have only 8 booths available; this year the tables will be 6ft.  For more information please contact Valerie Sewell: 

 As usual, Friday’s program will be designed for- and open to the travel trade only.

 Participation will include Friday morning’s Focus on Africa seminar, also hosted by APTA.

 Depending on the booth location, booth cost in the APTA Pavilion is $2,000.00 (5 remaining) to $2,500.00 (sold out), . As the APTA Pavilion space is very limited, booths are confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis.  Final payment via cheque, PayPal or wire, is due upon confirmation.  Please contact Valerie Sewell for more information. 
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 Feedback from previous exhibitors:

 I would strongly recommend APTA to any trade partners seeking assistance and partnership in North America.
The New York Times is one of the best travel shows for developing business and getting one’s name out there.  It is a well-run show and in fact they have the best lead capture technology of any show that I do.  I particularly like participating in the show through APTA because, in addition to a substantial savings on booth costs, it also gives consumers confidence that you are part of APTA. Alan Feldstein from Infinite Safari Adventures.

The Seychelles Tourism Board has been an exhibitor at the New York Times Travel Show for the past 6 years.  Being a member of APTA has been of great benefit to the STB and we continue to gain a lot of assistance and benefit from being associated with APTA.  Our Booth has always been very active and very well visited all the time during the different shows.  I would strongly recommend APTA to any trade partners seeking assistance and partnership in North America.  David Germain from Seychelles Tourism Board.

 Lema and I really want to thank you for your hard work that made the shared APTA booth possible for us as exhibitors.  It really is a wonderful opportunity for companies like Serengeti Pride to exhibit at the New York Times Travel Show, while keeping costs down, compared to a full booth.  This opportunity really makes belonging to APTA pay off for us, although it’s not the reason we originally joined.  I know you put a lot of work into the show and the booth.  It was a pleasure seeing you and again, thanks for making this happen. Lema & Erika from Serengeti Pride Safaris.


Pollman’s Tours & Safaris gets top award for second year running

Pollman’s Tours & Safaris has received the award for Kenya’s Leading Inbound Tour Operator in the World Travel Awards for the second consecutive year. Managing Director of Pollman’s, Khalid Shapi, and Zaheer Moledina were on hand for the ceremonies in Kigali on 10 October, where they accepted this prestigious award.

 Speaking on behalf of Pollman’s Tours and Safaris, Mr. Shapi said, “We wish to thank all of our exceptional travel partners for their continued support, which has helped us receive this accolade. It is especially important as we plan for the celebrations of Pollman’s Tours & Safaris 60th anniversary.”

With its  head office in Mombasa and operations centre in Nairobi, Pollman’s Tours & Safaris employs more than 200 Kenyans and operates a fleet of more than 120 vehicles.  The company initiated a programme to phase out the use of safari buses in favour of using four-wheel drive vehicles for its safaris to Kenya’s popular parks, such as Amboseli National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park and, of course, the famous Masai Mara National Reserve.
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2017/2018 Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts line-up announced

The line-up for the 2017/2018 Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts has been announced.
Along with a string of local stars, three international acts have been added to the concert season, which starts on 19 November 2017 and ends on 1 April 2018.

Ismaël Lô from Senegal will be kicking off the Summer Sunset Concerts on 19 November 2017.
“We are bringing his 11-piece band to Kirstenbosch all the way from Dakar, as a special treat – some of the best music from West Africa,” reports Sarah Struys, events manager for Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.
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Fastjet launches schedule for domestic flights in Mozambique

With the festive season fast approaching, Pan-Africa’s low-cost airline, fastjet, has announced its schedule for domestic flights in Mozambique. 

The airline recently announced that it has established brand licence agreements with Federal Airlines and Solenta Aviation Mozambique, to gain the correct permissions for launching fastjet Mozambique.

Fastjet will also launch flights between Johannesburg and Maputo, a route that, until now, has been dominated by South African Airways (SAA) and Linhas Aérias Moçambicanas (LAM).
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Africa’s hotel supply projected to grow 11 per cent

In anticipation of the Africa Hotel Investment Forum, STR has highlighted Africa’s key hotel development and performance trends.

Based on August 2017 data, Africa currently shows 301 hotel projects in the pipeline, accounting for 57,011 rooms, or 11 per cent of the continent’s existing room supply.

Before his AHIF presentation on Wednesday, October 11th, Thomas Emanuel, STR’s director of business development, commented on recent performance trends in the market.
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Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa claims top honours at the World Travel Awards

At the Africa Gala Ceremony of the World Travel Awards, the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa received industry honours, not only as South Africa’s, but also as Africa’s Leading Boutique Hotel.

Shambala Private Game Reserve, which was officially included as part of the Saxons all-inclusive urban bush offering in 2015, also won honours as South Africa’s,  as well as Africa’s Leading Private Game Reserve.

In addition to these coveted awards (voted for by travel and tourism professionals), tribute was paid to the Saxon’s iconic Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, with the awards of both South Africa and Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2017.

Long-time managing director, George Cohen, credits the Saxon’s continued success to its core philosophy.
“Our offering is tailor-made, responding to individual requests with a uniquely South African touch…”
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Fastjet deal boosts presence in the region

Fastjet, the aspiring pan-African budget airline, has increased its presence in SA and Southern Africa through a brand-licensing agreement with Federal Airlines in SA and Solenta Aviation in Mozambique.
Travel industry publication, Travel Meetings & Buyer, reports that the airline has moved its head office from London to SA.

On Friday, holding company fastjet plc informed its shareholders on the London Stock Exchange’s Aim exchange that it had raised $28m in a share placement and had agreed to a further $44.2m subscription with Solenta Aviation, bringing the company’s capitalisation to about $50m.
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Tests begin for ‘fastest train in Africa’

 On Monday, the Moroccan rail office announced that engineers are preparing to test Africa’s first high-speed railway this week, with trains reaching 320kilometres (200 miles) per hour.

The ONCF reported that one train reached 275kph (170 mph) on Monday, along a stretch of track between the northern cities of Kenitra and Tangier. ‘This is already the fastest train on the African continent,’ declared French Foreign Ministe, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who was in Morocco to sign a loan deal between the ONCF and the French Development Agency.
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Tanzania tour operators: Conservation agenda takes center stage on Nyerere Day

Organizers have announced that conservation will feature prominently in an annual commemoration of Tanzania’s founding father, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, on October 14, 2017.

The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) expressed its  resolve to place more energy and time  into marketing Nyerere Day in Arusha, Tanzania’s designated safari capital this year, to recognize his outstanding contribution to conservation.

“In the wake of a general decline in the wildlife population of Tanzania and East Africa, we are organizing Nyerere Day in Arusha to raise awareness of the importance of conservation,” noted TATO Chairman, Wilbard Chambulo.
Research findings by scientists from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), also known as the World Wildlife Fund in the US and Canada, and the Zoological Society of London indicate that half of the population of wild animals on Earth has been lost in the last 40 years.
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SA’s Marine Dynamics wins global sustainable tourism award

SA’s Marine Dynamics wins global sustainable tourism award

 South African shark-cage diving company, Marine Dynamics, scooped a prestigious eco-tourism award at the Skål World Congress, Sustainable Tourism Awards 2017, in Hyderabad, India, on Friday, 6 October.

Skål International is an organisation of tourism leaders around the world, “promoting global tourism and friendship”.

Marine Dynamics won the award for Shark and Whale Eco-Tourism Benefiting Conservation and Community.

The popular shark-cage diving company, based in Gansbaai, Western Cape, is well known for its marine research and conservation efforts in co-operation with sister companies Dyer Island Cruises and the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary
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Happy birthday Table Mountain Cableway!

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company is celebrating its 88th birthday this week, with discount vouchers available in community newspapers.

The cable cars have been running up the mountain since 1929, taking Capetonians and tourists to great heights to see the best of the iconic natural landmark of the city.

Not only has the company been around for 88 years, but it’s also the 20th anniversary for the current cable car model since it was introduced in 1997.
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Tusk royal patron Prince William honours Africa’s wildlife warriors

The 2017 Tusk Conservation Awards took place in Cape Town on Wednesday evening, 4 October. Paying tribute to the “unrelenting dedication and commitment” of Africa’s wildlife heroes, Tusk’s royal patron, Prince William, addressed attendees via video.

“I worry a great deal that our generation is not meeting our moral obligation to leave this planet in better shape than we inherited it,” the prince said. “Our children and grandchildren will not thank us if we fail in our duty to reverse the decline in so many species.”
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