With some of the best safaris and luxury lodges, the countries of Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana have been gaining popularity year over year. In Zambia, for instance, authorities have expressed optimism that the country will be able to capture the targeted 1 million tourists arrivals by the end of 2015. The country’s Minister of Tourism and Arts, Jean Kapata, stated the increase was partly due to the 20th United Nation World Tourism Organization general assembly held in his country in 2013.
A safari vacation can be a bit on the pricey side no matter how you slice it. The term “affordable” is relative when considering a safari option. Of course, there are tips you should consider when trying to book a budget safari for your client. Consider having them travel in the off-season (in South Africa, for instance, the quieter May-July winter months offer cooler temps and better animal viewing), select owner-operated safari lodges and lesser-known game reserves. If your client is adventurous, have them try a self-drive safari. In some instances in Namibia and South Africa, the roads are good and parks fees low. Below are some options for a safari that won’t break the bank...relatively speaking.
Don’t send your clients to Egypt. Send them several times to gaze again and again in wonderment at the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx at Giza, the tombs of Nefetari and Ramesses I, the colossal statues of the Pharaohs, the temples at Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbal.
“Wherever you dig in Israel, you find history-often layer upon layer of civilizations,” said Michal Neumann, who was guiding our small group of travel trade journalists on a whirlwind seven-day history-focused journey through Israel. Licensed guides in Israel undergo rigorous training and testing and meet ongoing requirements and can greatly enhance a visit. We were standing at the Israel Museum’s giant model of ancient Jerusalem as Michal unfurled five feet of cards listing the names and dates of the major waves of peoples who have left their marks here. The cards would come out throughout our trip, adding perspective to sites like Acre, where an Ottoman walled town sits atop remains of a medieval Crusader capital.
While on camera Mutirl wa Bashara offered his opinion of Indaba, Africa’s largest annual travel and tourism conference. He did it in French. Others said the same, whether in English, Zulu or any other language used in or out of Africa. The confluence of tongues was heard from dignitaries, those representing African countries and companies, and the international journalists reporting on the event, held at the International Convention Center in Durban (ICC), in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
In the ancient Kingdom of Morocco, what’s old is always new. That’s especially true in Marrakech, from Jemaa El Fna, the famous square known for its snake charmers, storytellers and nightly food stalls, to the kaleidoscopic souks of the medina, or old town.
With a recent New York Times article naming Tanzania one of the top places to visit in 2015, it’s no wonder The tourism minister has announced a $1.5 million rebranding project to film and produce a television commercial to broadcast worldwide, including on CNN and the BBC. The re-branding “Destination Tanzania” project is expected to result in an increase in the number of tourists entering the country to at least 2.5 million tourists per year in the next 5 years, with a goal of increasing tourist arrivals to as many as 5 million by 2010. The tourism sector currently represents nearly 3.4% of the total GDP of Tanzania and
employs approximately 500,000 Tanzanians. And, in 2013, a total of 1,135,884 tourists visited Tanzania, bringing earnings from the Tanzania tourism sector to a historical high of $1.8 billion. With numbers like this, the future definitely looks bright for this East African country.
A trip to Kenya is a trip of a lifetime for most of your clients. The country, which has a rich heritage and an array of tourist attractions along with breathtaking landscapes, makes Kenya an ideal holiday destination. In central Kenya there are cool temperatures and expansive tea and coffee farms.
There are many destinations to visit while in Israel, despite most folks arriving and immediately heading to Jerusalem and then completing their tour in Tel Aviv. Israel is a country where an astonishing amount of history sits front and center alongside the modernity of Tel Aviv. Take some time while traveling and head out to the countryside where some of the lesser known, but equally interesting stops will tell the bigger story.
Travel agents all have at least one client seeking a unique vacation, one that offers a sense of discovery and greater world knowledge.
For that next one-of-a-kind adventurer consider Ethiopia, located in the horn of Africa.
One of the lesser traveled regions, Ethiopia has a fascinating history that actually begins with human civilization.
Ethiopia, entrenched with indigenous tradition and ceremony, is enjoying an uptick in tourism. Tourists will find that the people are friendly and curious about them.