DISCOVER AFRICA ROADSHOW THIS SPRING
For those agents who would like to tackle selling the vast continent of Africa but don't know where to begin, the Association for Promotion of Tourism to Africa's (www.apta.biz) Discover Africa Road Show might be a good place to start. The biannual, four-city promotional tour takes place at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, presented by the Pacific Northwest Chapter, on March 4; the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, presented by the Los Angeles chapter, on March 6; the Phoenix Zoo, presented by the Arizona chapter, on March 10; and the Colorado Museum of History in Denver, presented by the Rocky Mountain club, on March 12. This event serves as a good way for agents to meet with representatives of various airlines, lodges, camps, hotels and tourist boards in Africa. For more information, contact Beth Lincoln ([email protected] or [email protected]).
Barceló Opens Second Property, a Seafront Resort, in Tunisia
The Barceló Hammamet joins Barceló Carthage Thalasso as Barceló Hotels & Resorts' (www.barcelo.com) properties in Tunisia. The hotel, which was formerly managed by Miramar Group, was incorporated into the Barceló portfolio on January 1. Barcelo Hammamet, which is on the seafront less than two miles from the center of Hammamet, features an à la carte restaurant, swimming pool, tennis courts and leisure activities. Travel agents sending clients can e-mail [email protected] for further information. The Spain-based company operates 161 hotels with more than 41,000 guest rooms in 15 countries.
LUXURY SAFARIS IN TANZANIA
If you have clients who are looking for a posh dash of exclusivity to add to their African safari experience, look toward Choroa Luxury Safaris (www.choroa.com) of Tanzania. The luxury operator offers unique tours of Tanzania led by Themmy Bamwenda, a native Tanzanian born and raised in Bukoba town in the Kagera region. One highlight of the safari experience includes a Serengeti balloon ride. If travelers are willing to extend their experience in Africa to engage in voluntourism, Choroa has a partnership with Nomad Charities (www.nomadcharities.com)—an organization that works on through programs and services to improve the quality of life for people affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya. Travel agents can contact Sarah Fazendin ([email protected], 303-993-7906), who will point them in the right direction or guide them through the process of booking.
South Africa to Host 2009 ASTA
International Destination Expo
Although it is a ways away, agents should mark their calendars for the ASTA International Destination Expo, which will be held in South Africa in 2009. The host country for the expo, which will run from March 8-12, 2009, at Sun City, a Sun International property, was a unanimous decision on the part of ASTA's Board of Directors. The main sponsors of the event will be South Africa Tourism (www.southafrica.net), South African Airways (www.flysaa.com) and Dragonfly Africa (www.dragonfly.co.za). As a bonus to go along with the event, South African Airways will offer special industry fares for International Destination Expo participants. For more information, contact Tiffany Ball at [email protected].