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One of South Africa’s foremost destination management
companies, Dragonfly Africa, reports there has never
been a better time than right now to take groups on a
tour of the country thanks to the incredible exchange rate.
Director of sales and marketing for Dragonfly Africa, Yolanda
Woeke-Jacobs, reports that many international currencies have
increased in value in comparison to the rand in recent years, with
some, including the Australian dollar by well over 20 per cent.
The value of the Australia dollar in May 2011 was equivalent to
7.32 South African rand whereas in June 2014 it was equivalent
to 9.90 rand. This is an increase in value of 25.7 per cent in the
last three years.
“This is the best time to plan your next incentive trip or holiday
to South Africa and take advantage of the fantastic value the
destination has to offer," Ms Woeke-Jacobs said.
Through its bankers, Dragonfly Africa is also able to assist
clients with incentive programs to buy forward, thereby obtaining
an even more favourable and guaranteed rate.
With superb hotel properties including well-known brands
such as Belmond, Four Seasons, Westin and Taj, great
infrastructure, modern airports and transport systems, amazing
wildlife, top quality food and wine, and direct flights from Sydney
and Perth, South Africa really is one destination that makes
sense for meetings and incentive travel rewards.
Dragonfly Africa has been involved in providing a wide range
of services across a broad spectrum of tourism for more than 30
years. The company’s main business is incoming tourism from
all over the world in the form of individual travellers, groups,
meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
With the acquisition of Green Route Africa in 2010, Dragonfly
now has a fully-fledged operation in East Africa. With operational
offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi, Dragonfly
offers DMC services across 10 countries - South Africa,
Botswana, Zambia, Victoria Falls, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya,
Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, and now also Mauritius.
For those who haven’t been to South Africa before, or haven’t
been for a conference or incentive in southern Africa, it really is a
surprise package, with plenty of exciting options for groups of all
shapes, sizes and budgets.
Clearly something that you have to do is visit a game reserve
to view South Africa’s incredible wildlife. And it doesn’t have to
cost you a fortune to do so. You can take off to Kruger National
Park for the day or, if you have more money at your disposal
immerse yourself in one of the many game lodges that are
scattered throughout the country.
Affordable internal flights mean that visiting groups can combine
a game experience with a city and coastal one, and explore some
of the historical destinations in-between.
The township of Soweto, for example, once home to Nelson
Mandela, can be toured by bicycle in complete safety. Off the
coast of Cape Town groups can visit Robben Island where
Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison.
Also a must-see in Cape Town is the wine region of
Stellenbosch where lunches and dinners can be tailor-made for
visiting groups depending on their requirements and wishes.
The Cape of Good Hope is another natural attraction that
should be visited, followed by a viewing of the penguin colony at
Boulders Beach at Simon’s Town before returning to the city for
a night of culture and fine food.
For those serious about the conference side of their visit there
are high quality convention facilities in Cape Town, Durban, and
the Sandton Convention Centre.
If you’re serious about taking a group to South Africa check
out www.meetingsafrica.co .za. This is a once-a -year trade show
(February 23-25 in 2015) held near Johannesburg.
International hosted buyers go through a strict qualifying
process before being approved to attend the show and will form
part of the pre-scheduled online appointment schedule to
maximise their time and value at the exhibition.
International hosted buyers enjoy sponsored flights,
accommodation, as well as a pre or post show tour as part of
their hosting. They are also given first-hand knowledge and
education about the destination in order to prepare them for
sales and motivation for their next event or group itinerary. m
Save, Save, Save
in South Africa
There are plenty of reasons to reward your
high achievers with a trip to South Africa,
and none more so than the value for money.
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