Monday, 8 May 2017

Earthstompers Represents - 2017



We’ve had a very busy year so far, both on the road and in the office. All the more reason to keep exploring new business avenues to make sure we stay busy. 
We’ve grown exponentially in our Customized tours sector and our scheduled Garden Route & Addo tours have been very consistent.

We have grown so much that we’ve needed to hire yet another staff member to assist with tour planning. Welcome Togeda! She is no stranger to us, having worked in the industry for many years already. She started on 1 December and we literally threw her in the deep end. She has completely taken control of the situation and is now managing multiple things including our weekly tours, organizing guides and vehicles and managing our sister company; Cape Food & Wine. Looking back now, we have no idea how we did it without her!

We are attending all the big travel and tourism shows this year, always working towards attaining new agents and getting fresh ideas for our tours. We are especially looking into alternative and niche ideas for our customized tours

World Travel Market 19-21 April
WTM was once again an awesome experience. This year we shared a stand with South African Youth Travel. We only had a few scheduled meetings, but had a lot of interest and conversation from people passing by. 


I attended a few workshops that were really interesting. They guys from Instaeats did a workshop on how to optimize your Instagram account and following which I found very interesting and could apply to day-to-day marketing for Earthstompers. 



I also attended the African Responsible Tourism Awards where five of our SAYTC members were nominated for awards. Four of them took prizes home of which one, Coffee Shack Backpackers, was voted one of the Overall Winners for Best Accommodation for Social inclusion. We’re super proud!

All in all we felt that the show was a success and we enjoyed attending. All the office staff had a turn to attend the show. We even had William at our stand on the Thursday. The whole team representing J 




We also attended most of the afternoon and evening events including a lovely opening party at the Grand Café and Beach, hosted by WTM. These are great fun and more importantly, a very casual way of networking and getting to know people in the industry.


 Indaba 16-18 May

We are attending Indaba next week, as a local Hosted Buyer. Thanks to SATSA and South African Tourism, we have been sponsored to attend Indaba 2017. There are some exciting new developments to expand the variety of products presented, like the "Hidden Gems" campaign.

A total of 90 small businesses or "Hidden Gems" from around South Africa have been selected to attend Indaba 2017. This initiative is funded by the National Department of Tourism through its Tourism Incentive Programme and is being executed by South African Tourism in partnership with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA). 
It is aimed at broadening the variety of tourism products on the market while upskilling and empowering black-owned small enterprises operating in this sphere.- See more at: http://www.indaba-southafrica.co.za/news/INDABA-2017-ninety-hidden-gems-chosen-to-dazzle.aspx#sthash.BXEcueSF.dpuf

Youth Travel Conference 12-14 September
I have just registered for the Youth Travel Conference in September. This year it will be hosted by the Eastern Cape and will take place in Port Elizabeth. It sounds like our Eastern Cape friends are putting together an amazing conference for us. Looking forward!


Another VERY important and SUPER exciting announcement…Check out the awesome new branding on our buses #mybusiscoolerthanyours





Other than that, we are loving our new offices overlooking the driving range in Somerset West. It’s a big change from the tiny desk in Hendrik & Chrissy’s lounge that I used to work from when I started (only 18 months ago!).





A lot of traveling for me this month, so exciting! I'll keep you posted!

Safe Traveling
Cindy


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