Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2014

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KENYA RAMPS UP ITS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CAMPAIGNS T his Spring, the Kenya Tourism Board introduced its campaign for conservation in the U.S., in an effort to demonstrate the importance of wildlife conservation in Kenya. The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB), along with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), hosted a wildlife conservation-focused media luncheon for key media, trade partners and industry executives at the Harvard Club in New York on April 15, 2014. The event featured new programs and current initiatives being imple- mented in Kenya. A number of conservationists, research scientists from the KWS, and community cultural ambassadors participated in the event. Featured speakers included scientists Shadrack Mumo Ngene and F R O M T H E M O T H E R L A N D B M & T ••• May/June 2014 ••• 54 SAA VACATIONS® SHOWCASES SOUTH AFRICA'SKWA-ZULU NATAL REGION WITH SPECIALLY-PRICED "SUNNY SOUTH AFRICA" PACKAGE 8-Day Immersion in the Region's Rich History Includes Stay Overlooking Durban's Famed Golden Mile Beachfront plus Tours S outh African Airways Vacations® (SAA Vacations) is showcasing South Africa's vibrant and diverse Kwa-Zulu Natal region, also known as the "Sunshine Coast," with a specially-priced package that starts at just $1,999* (restrictions apply). The "Sunny South Africa" air-inclu- sive package features five nights at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, locat- ed on Durban's famous Golden Mile beachfront. A half-day city tour of Durban is complemented by a full-day tour of Shakaland, for an immer- sion in the culture of the region's storied Zulu tribe. Time spent at leisure will encourage travelers to explore and discover this city's rich history and beautiful beaches that overlook the Indian Ocean. Your clients can plan on having the experience of a lifetime with this 8-day journey to a region of South Africa that is filled with unique cultural experiences and famous South African hospitality. For more information on the "Sunny South Africa" package, travel professionals please call (855) FLY-SAAV or visit "The Kwa-Zulu Natal region and its main city of Durban are South Africa's undiscovered gems, with a melting pot of cultures and a rich histo- ry, all overlooking the Indian Ocean," said Terry von Guilleaume, president of SAA Vacations. "Whether discovering the history of the famed Zulu war- riors, the city that shaped Ghandi's views before returning to India or the Dr. Charles Musyoki, and cultural conservation ambassadors, Samson Parashina and Josephine Ekiru from the Maasai and Samburu communi- ties. "Wildlife tourism is the backbone of Kenya's economy, therefore wildlife conservation is critical to Kenya's tourism industry. It is important that we increase awareness for wildlife conservation efforts to ensure that Kenya remains the premier wildlife and safari destination in Africa," said Al Merschen, regional director for the Kenya Tourism Board in the U.S. The Kenyan government has increased its campaigns and awareness efforts for wildlife conservation, including placing stiffer penalties on poachers, as the threats of animal poaching and wildlife extinction remain throughout the region. mix of Indian and African cuisine that has evolved, Durban and its sur- rounding areas will satisfy first-timers and South Africa enthusiasts alike." The "Sunny South Africa" package includes flights on South African Airways, Africa's most awarded airline, plus accommodations on a bed and breakfast basis, tours, ground transfers and meet and greet by SAA Vacations professionals. For more information, visit

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