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Close to 150 travel agents from across Sydney joined South African Tourism last night in an exciting showcase of what South Africa has to offer the Australian tourist.

The South Africa Road Show was held at Exhibition Hall, featuring an evening of relaxed, interactive networking sessions at the Meet South Africa Market between travel agents and wholesalers; while enjoying South African entertainment, food and wine.

“Our 2014 Road Show has been the largest and most thrilling yet with many of the events selling out early,” said Ms. Lalie Ngozi, South African Tourism General Manager Australasia.

“We have been on a journey to build long lasting relationships with trade and it was great to see so many new faces and new relationships being built during the networking sessions. We hope that everyone enjoyed meeting South Africa in Sydney,” continued Ms. Ngozi.

The showcase gave travel agents the opportunity to ‘Meet South Africa’ and gain valuable product knowledge, while networking with airlines, Australian wholesalers and South African operators and provinces.

Guests also downloaded a useful mobile app which was especially designed for the Road Show as a way for travel agents to obtain and retain information from the presenting operators and wholesalers.

Two lucky agents Renzo Favaloro, Freedom Travel & Zaia Bazi, Jetaround Holidays even won the opportunity to join an agent familiarisation in 2015, thanks to South African Tourism and South African Airways, a key partner of the event series.

South African Airways Country Manager for Australasia, Tim Clyde-Smith said SAA was very pleased to be part of the 2014 South Africa Road Show.

“As the leading airline serving South Africa from Australia with daily direct flights, we’re delighted to take part in this important industry event to help showcase the very best of what South Africa has to offer,” said Mr. Clyde-Smith.

“Working with South African Tourism to support the Road Show together with key wholesalers and industry operators is the best way to show the breadth of product on offer, from small luxury hotels and game parks to major ground operators.”

“And as Africa’s most awarded airline with the largest network to all major South African destinations, what better way to explore some amazing destinations than flying with the airline that knows South Africa best,” concluded Mr. Clyde-Smith.

Operators from South Africa’s tourism industry who presented at the event included Cape Town & Western Cape, Franschhoek Wine Valley, Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, Cape Grace, SUNLUX Collection by Sun International, Makutsi Safari Springs, Mala Mala Game Reserve, Taj Hotels, African Secrets Management, Mantis Collection, Seasons in Africa, Essential Travel Info, Camp Jabulani, Tsogo Sun, Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Africareps.

“We would also like to thank our supportive wholesalers who continue to offer Australian travellers an incredible variety of product to choose from when booking their South African holiday,” concluded Ms Ngozi.

Wholesalers who attended included: Above and Beyond Holidays, Adventure Destinations, Adventure World, African Travel Specialists, Bench International, Swagman Tours, The Africa Safari Co, This is Africa, Wildlife Safari and World Journeys.

SAT Road Show Sydney - Scott McRae, Lalie Ngozi, South African Tourism with winners Renzo Favaloro, Zaia Bazi & Julian Hall, SAA

SAT Road Show Sydney – Scott McRae, Lalie Ngozi, South African Tourism with winners Renzo Favaloro, Zaia Bazi & Julian Hall, SAA

SAT Team - Yana Shvarts, Jessica Kulakowski, Melyne Nercessian & Lalie Ngozi enjoy the Sydney Road Show 2014

SAT Team – Yana Shvarts, Jessica Kulakowski, Melyne Nercessian & Lalie Ngozi enjoy the Sydney Road Show 2014

South African Wholesalers and Operators enjoy the Sydney Road Show 2014

South African Wholesalers and Operators enjoy the Sydney Road Show 2014

Sydney Travel Agents intrigued to learn more of South Africa's unique offerings

Sydney Travel Agents intrigued to learn more of South Africa’s unique offerings

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