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Safari bookings to Tanzania to go up in 2009

The year 2009 is ushering in brisk business for tour operators booking safaris to Tanzania, stakeholders in the US have said in recent reports.

Their optimism contradicts local players in the sector who have in recent months been reporting a slump in business.
They are also predicting a drop in tourism receipts in the wake of the economic recession in major source markets of tourists to the country.

The Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) is, however, optimistic that Tanzania will weather the financial crisis storm in the travel industry.
“In a year when people are conscious about cost/value, Tanzania offers an excellent travel experience where the dollar buys much more than is available in other countries.

America is Tanzania’s number one source of tourism. We are encouraged by the positive feedback we have received that this growth will continue even during a challenging economic climate,” Tanzania Tourist Board said recently. 

US Tour Operators have seen no evidence of a travel slowdown when it comes to Tanzania.
“While the media was filled with doom and gloom for the past few months about the US economy in general,” she says, “right after the elections and the holidays we resumed normal -if not higher- quote requests on bookings to Tanzania.
“People see that the sky isn’t falling; they know that Tanzania is a beautiful and peaceful country (we have never had a problem in any part of Tanzania), and they’re ready again for a good travel experience.”

An recent article in USA Today (December 2008) stated Tanzania as “One of the Top Two Safari Destinations in the world”.�
Voice of America told listeners (January 2009) that “the price structure in Tanzania now, combined with its beauty, make it the must-go-to destination this year. Take advantage of its good deals while you can!” 

US operators note that their sales of safari packages to Tanzania are also brisk.
“Few people are cancelling or postponing for economic reasons. We are more than pleased. People aren’t putting their lives on hold.”
“Many Americans are fulfilling a dream in keeping and creating travel plans to Tanzania”.

TTB confirms that they expect to hold or increase the market share in 2009 as a result of “the increase in hi-end accommodations to meet the demand of the luxury travel segment and improved air access combined with ongoing advertising on CNN and other US media.”

Onsea House got as intimate high-end hotel accommodation and tourist agent in Arusha, an increasing number of demands compared to the same period last year. Do not wait too long to book your trip, including a stay at Onsea House in Arusha! Contact info@onseahouse.com for further information.

Thuis bij Belgen in Tanzania

Sire, er zijn nog Belgen (in het buitenland) titelde de Standaard in zijn Reizen special van 20/21 december 2008.

“Sinds 1988 zendt La Première, de Radio 1 van de RTBF, elke zondagochtend het populaire programma Les Belges du Bout du Monde uit. Daarin komen Belgen op antenne die zich in het buitenland gevestigd hebben. Adrien Joveneau presenteert het programma sinds het begin en heeft ondertussen al tweeduizend Belgen in het buitenland geïnterviewd. Ter gelegenheid van de twintigste verjaardag van het programma hebben Joveneau en zijn collega Frédérique Thiébaut zopas honderd van die interviews gebundeld in een (Franstalig) boekje dat iedereen met emigratieplannen moet hebben. Het leest als een trein en doet ook dankzij de foto’s wegdromen.”

“Belgen zijn joviale, discrete, harde werkers, die zich gemakkelijk aanpassen aan hun nieuwe omgeving, maar ontzettend trots blijven op hun land”, zo stelt auteur Adrien Jovenau. De jovialiteit merk je als je logeert in een van de vele hotels of gastenverblijven die door Belgen in het buitenland worden gerund. Onsea House in Tanzania is 1 van de favoriete adressen die in het boek voorkomt, zo zegt coauteur Frédérique Thiébaut aan De Standaard: “Iedereen moet gaan genieten van de gastvrijheid van Onsea House in Tanzania”.

Onsea House is 1 van de slechts 4 vermelde vakantieadressen in het artikel in De Standaard. Daarnaast was Onsea House uit Arusha 1 van de speciale gasten in het live-programma op La Première ter gelegenheid van de 20ste verjaardag van het radioprogramma, op zondag 21 december (foto, met dank aan Noel Salazar).

In 2008 zat Onsea House helaas nog niet in het assortiment of een reisbrochure van een Belgische tour operator of reisagent. Via info@onseahouse.com brengen we u in contact met een operator die een verblijf bij Onsea House combineert met een safari, een beklimming van de Kilimanjaro en/of strandverblijf in Zanzibar.

Parmi les 101 plus belles rencontres réalisées sur les ondes

L’émission radiophonique Les Belges au Bout du Monde, diffusée le dimanche matin sur La Première, souffle ses 20 bougies cette année. Pour fêter l’événement, la RTBF programme des émissions spéciales et publie un livre.

Les Belges du bout du monde donne aux réveils dominicaux un parfum d’évasion et de liberté. En mettant à l’honneur ceux qui ont osé réaliser leurs rêves et ceux qui préfèrent le goût de l’aventure à celui du confort, cette émission s’est, petit à petit, imposée comme un phare dans la morosité ambiante.

“Dans le livre, nous en avons choisi cent et un ‘qui ont la frite’. Cent et un tempéraments qui sont allés au bout de leurs rêves, se sont investis dans l’humanitaire ou se sont plongés dans le monde des affaires, sans jamais se défaire de ce côté bonhomme, la marque de fabrique du Belge qui ne se prend pas (trop) au sérieux”, explique Adrien Joveneau, animateur de l’émission “Les Belges au Bout du Monde” depuis 20 ans.

Ces Belges du bout du monde étant généralement d’une hospitalité proverbiale, ils n’hésiteront pas à vous livrer leurs plus précieux conseils, à vous entraîner sur les sentiers de traverse de leur pays d’adoption, à titiller vos papilles avec des délices d’ici et de là-bas ou à vous ouvrir leurs portes à prix d’amis : au fil des pages (et avec un photo du Serengeti sur la couverture), vous trouverez ainsi Onsea House, des chambres d’hôtes de luxe au pied du Kilimandjaro et à côté des parcs national d’Arusha, Tarangire, Manyara et Serengeti et le crater du Ngorongoro…

Contactez info@onseahouse.com pour tout info concernant Onsea House, un safari en Tanzanie, l’ascention du Kilimandjaro et/ou un sejour à l’île d’épices Zanzibar.

L’ouvrage touristique Les Belges du bout du monde de Adrien Joveneau et Frédérique Thiébaut est publié chez Editions Racine (Lannoo) et est disponible depuis 25/11/2008.

ISBN :  978-2-87386-576-4
Prix public :  19,95 EUR
Date de parution :  25-11-2008, disponible *
Format :  140 x 220
Couverture :  Brochée
Tirage(s) :  1
Nombre de pages :  224

Today Show struggling up Kilimanjaro

The Today Show‘s Ann Curry has been sent on assignment to climb Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 52-year-old only got that assignment three weeks ago, leaving her little time to train. She describes it as “climbing a Stairmaster for six hours a day with 20 pounds on your back.”

Her stunt is for the NBC morning show’s “Ends of the Earth” feature, which begins Monday. It’s plotted out so if she does make it to the summit of the 19,000-plus-foot mountain, it’ll be shown during Friday’s edition of “Today.”

Kilimanjaro Education Foundation, (KEF), founded by Todd Grossmann, will be featured on the Today show today Tuesday between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Todd and the KEF board of directors had dinner at the Onsea House restaurant.

Learn more about the foundation and contribute via their website.
Contact info@onseahouse.com for more info on climbing the Kilimanjaro and/or booking Onsea House accommodation or dinner before or afther the climb.

Reviews of luxury retreat in Arusha

Many honeymooners, romantic couples or small families still do not find Onsea House in Arusha yet when they want to book an intimate luxury honeymoon safari, spa, villa or lodge retreat in Arusha or Tanzania in general.

Onsea House has however received excellent reviews in Lonely Planet, Rough Guide and on several websites. With 20 million reviews and opinions of properties around the world, TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel community, is the source travellers trust most. Due to the extreme small size of our operations, we however get only few reviews compared to bigger hotels and are also listed in the B&B category instead of the more obvious hotel category. Taking all this into account, Onsea House is in fact the best reviewed place in Arusha.

Karibuni sana – you are most welcome to visit the www.onseahouse.com website or check our TripAdvisor reviews. Please contact info@onseahouse.com for any further information.

&BEYOND new name for luxury lodges CC Africa

Luxury lodge and adventure travel company CC Africa (Conservation Corporation Africa) currently owns and operates numerous lodges in Africa and in India, and is soon to welcome guests to another corner of the globe – Latin America. As such the company has changed its name to &BEYOND to more appropriately reflect where and how it operates.

The new name was launched on the 1st of November and our new agent Dorien Onsea was witness of the launch, while staying at &BEYOND Grumeti Serengeti Safari Camp. A new website www.andbeyond.com to encompass both the lodge and travel components of the business has been one of the major projects of the renaming.

Exporting their successful luxury responsible tourism model out of Africa has provided the company with the perfect opportunity to reassess their brand needs and to change their current name to one that evokes the notion of luxury adventure travel to many more beautiful wilderness places on the planet.

&BEYOND’s commitment to responsible sustainable travel, a practice that has enabled them to make small but meaningful differences to their world and to that of their guests, will remain at the core of &BEYOND’s rollout to exciting new regions and countries.

In other developments the company opened two new lodges in Botswana in August: &BEYOND Xudum Okavango Delta Lodge and &BEYOND Xaranna Okavango Tented Camp. Two additional lodges, Banjaar Tola and Pashan Garh, both in the central Madhya Pradesh province in India, are to open later this year.

Over and above opportunities in Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Costa Rica, the group has further exciting developments in the pipeline for Africa, too, including Tanzania, Kenya and Madagascar.

Contact info@onseahouse.com for recommendations if you want to include a stay at &BEYOND properties into your safari to Tanzania, before or after a stay at Onsea House in Arusha.

Chem Chem Safari Lodges is set to open two luxurious lodges in Tanzania.

Chem Chem Tarangire will open on 20 December with eight suite-style tents, a holistic spa, swimming pool, fusion restaurant and viewing terrace.
The 100sqm tents feature a bedroom, reading salon, private terrace, campfire facilities and bathroom with both indoor and outdoor shower.
Activities include walking safaris, canoe trips on Lake Manyara, private lessons in photography, track-reading and ranger training, cultural trips to local Maasai villages, 4×4 game drives to Tarangire National Park and/or Lake Manyara National Park, bird watching, Swahili cooking lessons, private picnics and sleeping out in the bush.

The launch will be followed in June 2009 by Chem Chem Serengeti.
Located on the Northern Circuit, the semi-permanent camp follows the migration.
It features six tented suites, each with a bedroom, reading salon, dressing salon, full bathroom with inside shower, terrace with view and outdoor campfire facilities.
Other amenities include a gourmet ‘bush’ restaurant, lounge bar and terrace.
Activities here include game drives (both in and outside of the Serengeti National Park), walking safaris, private sessions in track-reading and flora appreciation, cultural tours to Maasai villages, bird-watching, private picnics and sleep-outs.

Contact info@onseahouse.com if you want to combine a stay at Chem Chem Safari Lodges before or after Onsea House Arusha.

After the Will Smith booking, BBC cast discovers Onsea House in Arusha

The Arusha Times reported this week on the frontpage on the visit of highly rated actors, performing under the auspices of the BBC to spearhead the success of a Sitcom recorderd in Arusha, to be broadcast worldwide under the name of “Taking the Flak“.

The crew and what they intend to do in Arusha became talk of town only after Will Smith, the American actor who was recently described by Newsweek as the most powerfull actor on the planet. He was in Tanzania as UNICEF goodwill ambassador, visited some health projects and made a booking at the Onsea House restaurant!

After Will Smith, the cast of BBC now has discovered Onsea House. This weekend, we had several seperate room bookings from the BBC, including “Smack the Pony” star Doon Mackichan. Rumours have spread that Onsea House in Arusha is a nice and intimate place to relax, eat and overnight.