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Sherwin Banda’s picks reflect his African heritage and ATI’s commitment to sustainability

October 23rd, 2017, by Joanna Bielawski

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 19, 2017 – For the past two years, African Travel, Inc., has been led by Sherwin Banda, a proud native of Cape Town, South Africa. Banda has spent the last 19 years working in international hospitality in destinations around the world, but remains passionately devoted to all things African. 

Though Banda is thrilled with all 28 itineraries offered by African Travel, Inc. in the new 2018 brochure, several trips are particularly special to him. Some evoke fond memories of his formative years in South Africa, while others speak to his efforts to allow guests to find meaning in their travels and give back to the communities they visit. 

“Africa is a special place that changes you,” said Banda. “I love that I work for a company where I get to share the magic of Africa that I know and love, while also helping guests make a difference on the continent.” 

Here are some of Banda’s favorite trips for 2018, along with the reasons why he picked these particular itineraries: 

Majestic South Africa: “Not only does this thrilling 10-day itinerary cover many of my favorite attractions, culinary hotspots, and hotels in my hometown, Cape Town, it also lets guests discover the beauty and wildlife of the African savanna at Shamwari Game Reserve,” said Banda. “As a child I remember being dazzled by the big game that roams there: rhinos, elephants, hippos, kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, zebras, and hyenas, plus smaller animals and unique plant life.” Though 95 percent of the world’s rhinos have been lost to poaching in the last 40 years, Shamwari Game Reserve is committed to preserving rhino populations. When guests book this trip, African Travel, Inc. makes a contribution in their name towards construction of the reserve’s new rhino boma, a safe haven to rehabilitate injured and orphaned rhinos until they are strong enough to be released back into the wild. 

ME-to-WE Adventure to Kenya: “Education is the key to uplifting African communities,” Banda said. “I am very proud to offer this culturally immersive experience in conjunction with ME to WE, on which guests can have a positive impact by working alongside community members on a sustainable development project.” During this journey guests will participate in activities that integrate them with life in the village, including helping to build a village school alongside Maasai and Kipsigi community members, learning the art of traditional Maasai beading from local women, and visiting a local market and health center to learn about the economics of the village. Also included is a trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage, where guests will see these fascinating animals up close, and learn what is being done to protect them. 

Ultimate South Africa with Victoria Falls: “South Africa is a rainbow nation, and this trip more than any other showcases the many languages, cultures and cuisines that can be found there,” Banda said. “Guests get numerous chances to interact with local people and experience firsthand the dynamism and diversity of the new South Africa, while being surrounded by the ultimate in luxury and African hospitality.” New on the itinerary this year is The Silo, the recently refurbished Cape Town landmark which now houses a stylish hotel and an exciting new museum of contemporary African art. The trip ends at Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, where guests will explore the magnificent landmark and stay in the exquisite Victoria Falls River Lodge Island Treehouse Suites. 

    
For more information or to book a 2018 adventure contact your favorite travel professional, call African Travel, Inc. at (800) 727-7207, or visit www.africantravelinc.com. CST 2071444-20

Don’t forget to check out African Travel, Inc.’s Journal Page!  Get travel tips, photos and testimonials, and stories from the bush. Subscribe to the RSS feed to get all of these things in one place. 

Follow African Travel, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation using the hashtag #WeKnowAfrica. 


About African Travel, Inc. - "We Know Africa"
For over 40 years, African Travel, Inc. has created luxury, handcrafted safaris ensuring immersive and authentic cultural encounters across the continent. “We Know Africa” because our passionate and knowledgeable experts have lived and traveled extensively throughout Africa and can craft extraordinary, life-changing vacations tailored to each guest’s individual needs and preferences, with exceptional five-star service every step of the way. For information and inspiration, visit www.AfricanTravelInc.com.

About USTOA
African Travel, Inc. shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of TravCorp USA, Inc. In addition, TravCorp Financial Services Limited provides a guarantee of $20 Million.    
About The TreadRight Foundation 
Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come.  Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment. To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.  

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Media Contact
Arnelle Kendall
Vice President of Public Relations
African Travel, Inc.
arnelle.kendall@ttc.com
561.330.0850   


African Travel, Inc. is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation (TTC) and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.    

African Travel, Inc. Unveils 2018 Brochure

September 13th, 2017, by Joanna Bielawski

African Travel, Inc. Unveils 2018 Brochure 

~ Featuring three new itineraries, plus increased focus on sustainability and conservation    

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Sept. 12, 2017 – African Travel, Inc., the leader in handcrafted safari vacations to Africa, is pleased to announce that its 2018 brochure is now available. Featuring three spectacular new itineraries and more than 20 perennial favorites, these journeys immerse guests in the unique wildlife, delicious cuisine, and authentic cultures of southern and eastern Africa.  

When guests book any one of African Travel, Inc.’s extraordinary itineraries, they will not only have the safari adventure of a lifetime, but they will also help uplift local communities and protect wildlife in Africa. African Travel, Inc. is deeply committed to sustainable travel and conservation. Through local partnerships and its work with the TreadRight Foundation, they ensure the communities and environments guests visit remain vibrant for generations to come. As part of the #AfricanTravelCares program, on select itineraries a contribution is made in each guest’s name toward rhino conservation and in support of sustainable development, African Travel’s partnership with ME to WE  allows guests the opportunity to participate in a culturally immersive experience in Kenya. Additionally, in 2018, guests who book an east Africa trip with African Travel will also help support children’s education by sending a child to school for a year.  

“To know Africa is to reinvest in it,” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc. “Our commitment to wildlife conservation and sustainability is at the core of who we are and what we do. It allows our guests to delve deeper into Africa and have a truly authentic and memorable experience on their trip of a lifetime.” 

African Travel, Inc. strives to create unique, unforgettable and magical journeys that can be customized to suit each individual guest’s travel style, interests, and budget. Guests can select their own departure dates, where they want to go and what they want to see. African Travel’s knowledgeable Safari Specialists will seamlessly create a personalized itinerary with expert recommendations ensuring a truly hassle-free vacation. Let African Travel’s new brochure spark your imagination and help you find the perfect combination of dates, places and activities to create your own safari vacation. 

New trip offerings for 2018 include: 

Majestic South Africa: This thrilling 10-day experience includes four nights in Cape Town and three nights at Shamwari Game Reserve. Guests explore the vibrant sights, sounds and flavors of the “Mother City,” and spend their nights at the luxurious five-star Table Bay Hotel. Then they move on to Shamwari, where twice-daily game drives and nature walks provide plenty of opportunities to see big game such as rhinos, elephants, hippos, kudu, gemsbok, wildebeest, zebras, and hyenas, plus smaller animals and unique plant life. 

Enchanting East Africa: This 11-day odyssey shows guests the urban pleasures of Nairobi, the iconic game reserves of Kenya and Tanzania, and the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. Guests start in Nairobi, where they stay at the famed Giraffe Manor and visit an elephant orphanage before heading off for five glorious days of game drives at Maasai Mara National Park and Serengeti National Park. Then it’s on to Zanzibar for a blissful seaside stay, and two days of relaxation and exploration of the island’s captivating architecture, food and sea life. 

Ultimate South Africa with Victoria Falls: This stunning 11-day odyssey is the ultimate sensory journey, offering cosmopolitan exploration, wildlife viewing, and a visit to a bucket-list icon. Highlights include a helicopter ride over the stunning Cape Town skyline, wine tasting in the South African winelands, Big Five game viewing at Lion Sands Reserve, and exploration of the breathtaking Victoria Falls. Along the way guests stay in stylish, exclusive surrounds at Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, the five-star Silo Hotel in Cape Town, and the magnificent treehouse suites at Victoria Falls River Lodge. 

    
For more information and to book an exciting safari for your clients, contact your favorite Travel Professional, call African Travel, Inc. at (800) 727-7207, or visit www.africantravelinc.com. CST 2071444-20

Don’t forget to check out African Travel, Inc.’s Journal Page! Get travel tips, photos and testimonials, and stories from the bush. Subscribe to the RSS feed to get all of these things in one place! 

Follow African Travel, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and join the conversation using the hashtag #WeKnowAfrica. 
About African Travel, Inc. - "We Know Africa"
For over 40 years, African Travel, Inc. has created luxury, handcrafted safaris ensuring immersive and authentic cultural encounters across the continent. “We Know Africa” because our passionate and knowledgeable experts have lived and traveled extensively throughout Africa and can craft extraordinary, life-changing vacations tailored to each guest’s individual needs and preferences, with exceptional five-star service every step of the way. For information and inspiration, visit www.AfricanTravelInc.com.

About USTOA
African Travel, Inc. shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of TravCorp USA, Inc. In addition, TravCorp Financial Services Limited provides a guarantee of $20 Million.  
  
About The TreadRight Foundation 
Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come.  Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive Officer, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.  

    
Media Contact
Arnelle Kendall
Vice President of Public Relations
African Travel, Inc.
arnelle.kendall@ttc.com
561.330.0850 

African Travel, Inc. is a member of the family-owned The Travel Corporation (TTC) and is renowned and trusted for its outstanding quality, service, value, reliability and financial stability.    

African Travel, Inc. Welcomes Garrett Landry as Northwest DSM

August 29th, 2017, by Joanna Bielawski

 African Travel, Inc. Welcomes Garrett Landry as Northwest DSM

 DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Aug. 30, 2017 – African Travel, Inc. is pleased to welcome Garrett Landry as the new District Sales Manager for the northwestern United States, covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and parts of northern California. Landry, who started on Aug. 21, is based in Seattle and reports to Director of Sales, Kevan Cowie.  
 
Born and raised in the greater Seattle area, Landry attended the University of Washington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus on marketing, in addition to a certificate in sales. 
 
Before joining African Travel, Inc., Landry spent three years at Europe Express, a leading wholesale travel provider to Europe. He spent a year as a Marketing Coordinator before being promoted to Inside Sales Specialist, a position which involved maintaining agent relationships, attending trade shows, and served as a key liaison between the outside sales team and internal teams. He worked diligently in his role to improve processes and systems to increase accessibility to product and streamline bookings for agents. Prior to that he was Executive Team Lead at a Seattle-area Target store, where he oversaw “hard lines” of merchandise. A passionate sports fan, Landry did sales and marketing internships while he was in college for both Seattle Reign, the city’s women’s soccer team, and for UW Intercollegiate Athletics. He is also member of the Seattle chapter of Young Travel Professionals. 
 
“We are thrilled to have Garrett join our team,” said Sherwin Banda, president of African Travel, Inc. "His enthusiasm and passion for travel is infectious and will help us achieve our goal of promoting travel to Africa in his region. We are confident Garrett’s prior experience in sales and marketing will be a great help to agents and our loyal industry partners."
 
Landry’s love affair with traveling started as a child, during his family’s many road trips throughout the 50 states, and was cemented during a life-changing 2007 trip to Peru. Since then he has visited dozens of countries in Central and South America, Europe and the Caribbean. Although he has never been to Africa, he is fascinated by the continent and cannot wait to immerse himself in its food, culture and wildlife. 
 
“I am beyond ecstatic to join the African Travel, Inc.'s tribe,” Landry said. “I think that every traveler should go to Africa at least once in their life, and I’m looking forward to working with the agents in my territory to bring this goal to fruition.” 
 
Landry is an avid road cyclist, and proudly completed the Seattle-to-Portland bike ride in one day. When he’s not on the back of a bike, he can be found exploring new restaurants or playing Ultimate Frisbee. He can be reached at garrettl@africantravelinc.com. 

For more information and to book an exciting dream safari for your clients, contact African Travel, Inc. at (800) 421-8907, or visit www.africantravelinc.com. CST 2071444-20

Don’t forget to check out African Travel, Inc.’s Journal Page! Get travel tips, photos and testimonials, and stories from the bush. Subscribe to the RSS feed to get all of these things in one place!

Follow African Travel, Inc. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using the hashtag #WeKnowAfrica.

About African Travel, Inc. - "We Know Africa"
African Travel, Inc. is a safari operator with more than 41 years of experience focused solely on planning and operating safaris in Africa. Specializing in tailor-made safaris customized to fit all budgets and bucket lists, travelers are paired with expert safari specialists who take the time to craft their perfect African experience. African Travel, Inc. offers dedicated and experienced teams in Africa, an extensive transportation fleet, and numerous hotels, camps and lodges throughout The Travel Corporation's Africa-based associate companies. Refer to www.AfricanTravelInc.com for a wide variety of ideas and safaris. 

About USTOA
African Travel, Inc. shares the coverage available under the USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program with affiliates of TravCorp USA, Inc. In addition, TravCorp Financial Services Limited provides a guarantee of $20 Million.  

About The TreadRight Foundation 
Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s (TTC) family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come.  Founded by Brett Tollman, Chief Executive Officer, TTC, to date TreadRight has supported more than 40 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. As an official Diamond Sponsor of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017, TTC is dedicated to bringing the industry together with a shared goal of benefiting local communities and the environment.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.  

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Media Contact
Arnelle Kendall
Vice President of Public Relations
African Travel, Inc.
arnelle.kendall@ttc.com
561.330.0850 

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