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AFRICA island
For sunbathing and romping in the ocean, don’t overlook the wonderful island choices off the coast of Africa. Zanzibar Island is a water hotspot. The overall Zanzibar Archipelago is in the Indian Ocean, just 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania. However, it could not be more different than the mainland.
Here you will find turquoise waters, shallow sandbars and if you head into the capital of Zanzibar City, be sure to visit the World Heritage Site of Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old quarter.

Published in September - October

AFRICA UAE
According to recent statistics issued by the tourism departments in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, these two emirates’ tourism numbers grew by 3.6 percent during the first three months of 2018, compared to the same period last year. Hotel occupancy increased by 1.2 percent and room occupancy rose by 5.7 percent.Dubai is nearing its 2020 tourism target as it welcomed a total of 15.79 million visitors last year, up by 6.2 percent over a year earlier. But it’s not just Abu Dhabi and Dubai that are experiencing an upswing in tourism. Other emirates in the UAE (there are seven in total), specifically Sharjah and Ajman, also saw a spike in their tourism sector.

Published in September - October

AFRICA SA
In Zululand. a guy just can’t propose to his woman and get married. No, the future groom must give his future bride’s family Labola, a dowry of 11 cows (roughly about US$8,030). He also provides another bovine to roast for the marriage celebration. Besides the cows, the future husband must build a private house for his bride. Know that Zulus can be polygamous, but Labola is the same for every wife. Most of the Zulu men that I meet think it more prudent to stay monogamous.

Published in July - August

AFRICA IsraelWe asked the team at the Dan Hotels (www.danhotels.com) to share some insights about traveling to the beloved land of Israel. In 1947, The Federmann brothers (two recent immigrants to Israel) purchased the “Kaete Dan”, a 21-room guest house on the Tel Aviv sea shore. Then, in 1953, the “Dan” hotel (i.e. The Dan Tel Aviv) was opened next to senior “Kaete Dan.” The hotel included 120 modern design rooms. Each room had wall-to-wall carpeting, colored bathrooms, telephones and a radio.
Today the Dan Hotels are located all along the Mediterranean from Ashkelon in the south to Haifa in the north. The collection features four hotels in Jerusalem and two in Eilat. All the hotels along the coast are in close proximity to the water - some are even on the beach, such as in Tel Aviv and Herzliya. Here is what the team told us about traveling to Israel.

Published in July - August

AFRICA ETHIOPIAEarly human anthropological findings, Christianity...and coffee. There’s a place in the horn of Africa with ties to the origin of all of those things-Ethiopia. Churches with ostrich eggs framing crosses, and the Arc of the Covenant, where the original 10 Commandments from the Bible are said to be housed, exist alongside the ruin of palaces, like that of the Queen of Sheba. And that religious history is in a country where the bones of Lucy, the earliest modern human, were discovered. This historical tour of Ethiopia can be complemented by ample coffee breaks, as the beverage is said by many to have originated in Ethiopia, and by sightings of animals ranging from Gelada monkeys in the country’s highlands, to hippopotamuses and crocodiles in its waters, and warthogs ambling through its resorts.

Published in May - June

AFRICA SAFARI
Do you have clients interested in planning a trip to East Africa to go on safari?
We reached out to  Nicky Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO of Angama Mara in East Africa for some tips on traveling to the region.

Published in May - June

AFRICA SoAfrica
The last set of the 20th Joy of Jazz concert had begun. It was nearly 1 a.m. and the indoor passageway from the Sandton Convention Center to my hotel was closed.

Published in March - April

AFRICA Israel
A tiny country - 8,630 square miles -packed with history, diverse geography and a Mediterranean coastline. That’s Israel.

Published in March - April

Africa Jordan
The sun beats down on the old 4x4 as we bump across Wadi Rum in Jordan. Atop camels, Bedouins almost fly between the red and tan striated sandstone and granite outcroppings, leaving only clouds of sand in their wake. Visions of Lawrence of Arabia and the stereotypical picture of the Hashemite Kingdom come to life.

Published in January - February

AFRICA LARGEIt is always a challenge selling destinations that have a history of unrest, but fortunately, although Ethiopia is occasionally in the news, it is not known for widespread violence. It is still important to be aware of current events and possible threats, and booking with well-established tour operators like Big Five Tours & Expeditions (www.bigfive.com) will ensure that your clients will have the safest and most worry-free trip. Advise your clients not to book last-minute side trips, and book them group excursions for exploring more remote areas.

Published in January - February
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