Bangalore, October 18, 2016: As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to put on the planning hats and book those long due vacations. Rising to the occasion, South African Tourism has partnered with Orbit to offer exciting travel packages and deals for Indian travellers. Tourists eager to enjoy their Diwali and Christmas holidays in South Africa, now have the opportunity to take advantage of the special, fun-filled, activity and experience rich holiday itineraries from Orbit in association with South African Tourism.
Commenting on this joint marketing activity, Ms. Hanneli Slabber, Country Manager, South African Tourism said, “We constantly endeavor to create exciting and innovative experiences for our visitors. We would love for more Indians to come and witness the wonder that is South Africa – to truly experience and know the country like the locals. In close partnership with a leading travel trade partner like Orbit, we hope to ensure that our Indian visitors have the best and most memorable experience from the minute they begin planning their trip. With a favorable exchange rate, Indian travellers going to South Africa will get an exceptional value on the ground as they can partake in so many more activities and experiences in their desired budget.”
Anahita Avari, Business Head – Leisure Tours, Orbit Corporate & Leisure Travels (I) Pvt. Ltd. says, “This year Orbit has enjoyed the privilege to partner with South African Tourism Board for Joint Media Activity. SAT has encouraged us to offer innovative packages for our Customers. We specialize in Customized Holiday Packages catering to families; honeymooners and small family groups for South Africa. Our range of itineraries offer services to meet the specific requirements per market segment. The JMA has assisted Orbit to be recognized as a Tour Operator who specializes in South Africa. With a network of 14 offices we have a Pan India reach.”
Elaborating on the trends noticed amongst traveler, Anahita said, “Travel trends like stay in a vineyard; self-drive are gaining prominence for Indian Travellers. South Africa has emerged as adventure capital in the African continent. At least 1 of the activities like Bungee Jumping; Sky diving; Shark Cage Dive; Gliding; Canopy Walk is a must in every itinerary!”
As part of their special packages, Orbit has been promoting various game reserves of South Africa such as Kruger, Pilannesburg, Amakhala Game Reserve, Gondwana Game Reserve, Mabula Game Reserve, Entabeni Game Reserve. Itineraries have also been customized in order to allow travelers to complete the scenic Garden Route experience from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth as an alternative to Sun City. Other interesting itineraries include stay in beautiful vineyard properties in Cape Town and special adventure package that include shark cage diving, stay in Hermanus during the whale watching season, covering Tsitsikama National Park for canopy walk, white water rafting and Bloukrans bunjee among other activities.
According to the recent tourist arrival figures, an increasing number of Indian tourists have been traveling to South Africa. As per the latest arrival figures for July 2016, 58,876 Indian tourists have visited South Africa between Jan 2016 to July 2016 which is an increase of 28.1% vis-à-vis the same period last year.
The growing popularity of South Africa in India can be substantiated with the number of awards and accolades won by the tourism board in the recent years. South Africa has been voted the Best Destination for Wildlife (International) for five consecutive years since 2012 by Lonely Planet magazine and also at the Safari India National Tourism Award 2016. It has also bagged the Best International Adventure Destination award by Today’s Traveller earlier this year. In addition, the Kruger National Park was awarded the prestigious Best in Wildlife
Destination title at the Outlook Traveller Award 2016. South African Tourism board has also received the best National Tourism Organization distinction at Travel Trade Journal Award 2016 and India Travel Awards (West) 2016 for the outstanding support extended towards Indian Trade Partners. All these recognitions not only reiterate the growing popularity of the Rainbow Nation but also encourage South African Tourism to enhance its consumer and trade engagement programmes to continue promoting the destination in India.
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About South Africa Tourism:-
South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for the marketing of South Africa as a preferred tourist destination. It is headed up by Chief Executive Officer Sisa Ntshona, Chief Operating Officer Sthembiso Dlamini and Chief Marketing Officer, Margie Whitehouse.