Africa Albida Tourism & Zimbabwe Celebrate!


Our partners at Africa Albida Tourism had reason to celebrate recently at the AZTA Industry Awards (Association of Zimbabwe Travel Agents). They were honored with four prestigious awards including ‘Best Resort Hotel’ for Victoria Falls Safari Lodge; ‘Best Boutique Hotel’ for Victoria Falls Safari Club; ‘Best Self Catering Lodge’ for Lokuthula Lodge; and the ‘Service to Industry’ award going to the incomparable Wendy Bourne.

The celebrations continued when the latest figures for the four AAT properties showed occupancy levels above 80% for the month of August–shattering records at VFSL since it’s opening in 1994. This is a strong indicator that tourism to Victoria Falls is thriving once more as properties are reporting high occupancies and strong forward bookings into 2015. Director of Travel & Tourism Association Southern Africa, Mr. Ross Kennedy, said there was an 11.7% increase over last year’s numbers and the boom in tourists had impacted across all sectors from 2 star to 5 star accommodation, and big hotels to exclusive boutique properties.

In addition to the positive trends in occupancies, there is the ongoing expansion of the Victoria Falls International Airport, expected to be complete in July 2015. Coupled together, these things make the tourism sector in Zimbabwe optimistic about the future…cause for celebration, indeed!

Further information on Africa Albida Tourism’s properties can be found online.

EUROPA 2: Five-Stars-Plus Once Again!


The Berlitz Cruise Guide 2015 awarded Hapag-Lloyd’s MS EUROPA 2 the distinction of ‘five-stars-plus’ for the second consecutive year. The MS HANSEATIC was also honored as the world’s only five-star expedition ship. Author Douglas Ward and his team tested a total of 270 cruise ships around the world and scored them based on criteria such as ship fittings, menus, restaurant quality, service, crew, entertainment and the cruise experience.

Book a cruise or get information here!

Bakubung Bush Lodge Updates and Additions

Not only do they have fabulous walking safaris, bird walks, reptile talks, junior ranger programs and star gazing, Bakubung Bush Lodge in Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa is adding new rooms to boast about! Construction has started on the fresh modern rooms will have the latest technology. Book your guests into the 10 King Suites, 2 Executive Rooms, and 13 Standard Queen which will be available in early 2015.

Click here to visit The Bakubung Bush Lodge website.

The Leela Palace New Delhi: What Women Want


The Leela Palace New Delhi proudly introduces the Kamal Experience, quintessential services for women only. Kamal, which means Lotus, is the national flower of India and is closely associated with Hindu goddess Lakshmi. She is the goddess of wisdom and generosity who epitomizes femininity. The Kamal Experience is an ode to every female traveler from across the globe. The team at Leela Palace New Delhi has spent endless hours in anticipating and addressing the unique needs of their discerning guests and perfecting their vast repertoire of bespoke female-friendly services tailor-made to provide maximum comfort and privacy.

Handcrafted amenities and well thought-out features of Kamal are sure to spoil your female travelers with choice:
• Two-way airport BMW Limousine transfers
• Handcrafted welcome and turn down amenities
• Female housekeepers
• Female butlers
• Dedicated Kamal concierge
• Dedicated female pre-visit advisors
• Personal Chef on call
• Dedicated trainers at the gym
• Kamal pool basket
• Yoga mats
• Breakfast at our all day dining restaurant, The Qube
• Complimentary beauty kit by Gilchrist and Soames
• Complimentary mini bar including soft beverages
• National and International Newspapers & Lifestyle Magazines
• Free internet services
• Fully equipped business desk in room
• Traditional Indian departure souvenir
Additional services on request include special offers by ESPA, private yoga sessions, personal cooking demonstrations with a Master Indian Chef, and a guided day tour to the Taj Mahal in Agra. Packages range from approximately $33 per person per night and are based on a minimum two night stay.

Click here for the Kamal Experience fact sheet

E-Visas for Travel to Myanmar
Last month, Myanmar introduced an online e-visa system for travelers from 41 countries at a charge of 50 USD per visa. The process currently takes 5 working days and the validity of the visa is for 3 months with a maximum permitted stay of up to 28 days.

Countries eligible for the e-visa include:
Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Czech, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea (DPR), Korea (Republic), Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam.

If you have any questions about the new e-visa process or would like to learn more about travel to Myanmar, please contact our colleagues at Destination Asia Myanmar.

For more information and to apply for a visa, click here.


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