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The 2011 Safari Awards – and the nominees are…

We are delighted to inform you that Onsea House has been nominated for a Good Safari Guide Award (2011).

Voting for this year’s Good Safari Guide Awards has now closed with 1696 nominators having voted for 351 safari lodges and camps in Africa. 80% were Luxury Travel Specialists of which 65% were Tour Operators and 15% were Travel Agents. 11% of those voting were Ground Handlers and 8% DMC’s.

A judges’ panel of highly respected independent tour operators who are specialists in safaris will select the awards winners using their tried and tested process. The awards winners are only revealed at The Good Safari Guide Awards Gala Ceremony held at Moyo in Durban the night before INDABA 2011 – Africa’s best travel and tourism show - starts, Friday 6th May, at 7.30pm.

Support the Onsea House nomination as your votes will count in the event of a tie-break. Please continue to vote via: www.safariawards.com/vote

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.