East and Southern Africa

This event was at the 6 million pound African themed restaurant and event venue in Camden market. It was organised by destination specialists Travel Bulletin

There were quite a few Travel Counsellors and a few other friends in the industry so it was lovely to catch up with them

The object was to learn as much as we could about East and Southern Africa all the way from Kenya to South Africa. There were many familiar faces from South Africa Tourism, Kwazu Natal, African Pride, Africa Collectionu, SAA, Southern Sun Hotels

There were a few destinations that I have sold on occasions but need a refresher now and again and one of those places is Botswana which is absolutely stunning and there is some affordable accommodation there now. Botswana combines easily with South Africa, Namibia and Zambia all of which share a border

I learned of two more interesting destinations, Mozambique which is gaining popularity and accessible to the south through Kruger and to the north from Tanzania. Mozambique has stunning beaches and is a fabulous honeymoon destination which can be combined as a two centre

Another destination which I was surprised to learn will be featured in Africa 2013 brochures is Zimbabwe. I had so many problems trying to price a tailor made to Zimbabwe last year as nobody was interested in selling it. There is some lovely accommodation on the Zimbabwe side of Vic Falls which is more affordable than on the Zambia side and my clients had a lovely time

A destination I sold as a honeymoon recently was Madagascar which is gaining interest following the TV documentary

Our evening was a combination of networking, presentations and bowl food to suit all diets. I did feel I learnt more from the presentations than i did from the networking and I would have liked to see more of them as these bring the destinations to life making them a lot more memorable than by talking to someone briefly across a table

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