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followme2AFRICA is a Destination Management Company with 20 years of experience of welcoming travellers to Southern Africa.
followme2AFRICA is a Destination Management Company with 20 years of experience of welcoming travelers to Southern Africa. We are proud to work closely with a number of highly respected travel companies and tour operators who appreciate the high standards of service we provide on the ground, and all that we do to ensure their clients will have a memorable and enjoyable holiday whilst in our care. If you would like to followme2AFRICA then your journey starts with our affiliates. If you are a tour operator, travel agent or otherwise involved in arranging travel and would like to find out how followme2AFRICA can help you to provide your clients with the experience of a lifetime, OR If you would like to learn more about direct access to online live availability at over 1000 properties, and over 300 specially developed touring options, OR If you would like to become a destination expert by attending one of our annual 10-day travel academies in South Africa then please contact us.
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followme2AFRICA is fully covered for both public liability and professional indemnity with territorial limits being anywhere in the world. This insurance has been arranged with Vantage Insurance Services Limited. Vantage Insurance Services Limited (VISL) is a leading, privately owned, independent Insurance Broker and Underwriting Agent providing insurance solutions to a wide range of customers including tour operators and travel agents. followme2AFRICA is a member of SATSA (Southern Africa Tourism Services Association) which provides financial protection in the event of insolvency of any of its members. For more information please visit the SATSA website: http://www.satsa.com. Should you have any further queries relating to the financial protection offered, please contact your dedicated consultant or contact us at info@followme2AFRICA.com
followme2AFRICA make providing you with financial peace of mind a priority, therefore we have made sure we hold all the international accreditation’s necessary to ensure your investment is safe with us. For further information and specific membership numbers, please see the details below.
o ABTA – membership number Y006 (followme2 Ltd)
o SATSA – membership number 1049 (followme2 Ltd)
• USTOA – Affiliate Member (followme2AFRICA)
• APTA – (followme2AFRICA)
• SATOA – (followme2 Ltd)
• ATTA – (followme2 Ltd)
followme2AFRICA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Followme2 Ltd
USTOA – followme2AFRICA is an Associate Member of the United States Tour Operators Association. However, followme2AFRICA is NOT a participant in the USTOA Million Travelers’ Assistance Program and is not held by USTOA to certain other standards required of Active Members.
SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
The commitment to be environmentally and sustainably-minded was in the DNA of our company from the beginning. This commitment is of growing importance to all of us, especially those in the tourism industry – where we consider we have an important role to play in ensuring positive and sustainable development in all the regions we serve. We have worked with the Wilderness Foundation in South Africa to establish an independently audited Green Leaf Environmental Standard (http://www.greenleafecostandard.net/) which has gained recognition throughout the African continent.
It continues to be a core element of followme2AFRICA to promote and develop tourism products and services that are environmental, socially and culturally sustainable. Our website details the environmental and socially responsible credentials of all the product that we work with.
We are immensely proud of the partners we work with – like we are of our own very special team. There is one partner in particular who very much feels part of the family: Ilios Travel.
From its inception in 1995, we chose to work with what was then a very small local transport operator. As a result of our support, Ilios Travel has grown to become one of the largest guided tour companies with offices in five provinces of South Africa. Not only that, but Ilios Travel is one of the most successful Black Economic Empowerment companies of its type. Here’s to the next twenty years of a mutually beneficial relationship.
We have invested significantly into IT development since Day 1. We’ve built our own b2b website www.followme2africa.com which provides our clients with product information, availability and reservations, and crucially, a unique flexible pricing capability allowing users to set commission rates and selling prices. XML links have been established with principal clients and suppliers giving direct access to the company’s vast amount of inventory via their own systems.
Our IT systems and support are second to none. We have long been used to dealing with large clients who have the highest of expectations when it comes to making the booking process seamless – expectations that we pride ourselves on always being able to match and challenging ourselves to exceed.
Our values are central to the way that we do business – in relation to our clients, as well as the wider communities that we are all a part of. We have been a long-standing supporter of Abaphumeleli Safe House in the Township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town and are continually humbled by the amazing work this organization provides.
This safe house/orphanage for children ages 0-18 years started in the home of a lady called Evelyn Makasi in 2004 and they now rent a building next door to accommodate the overwhelming number of children who require their love, help, and protection.
In Khayelitsha many parents are unemployed, are struggling to provide for their children and don’t have the funds to put them in pre-school, so the children would otherwise be subject to abuse or neglect. Although some children are orphaned, most are there because they’ve been abandoned or their parents are simply unable to look after them.
Unfortunately, it’s an ongoing situation, but we try to assist however we can, and whilst there are many townships throughout South Africa with the same problems, we are proud to be making a small difference to the children being lovingly cared for by the ladies of Abaphumeleli.
Our support includes an annual Christmas party outside of the township for all the children, monthly donations of food and toiletries, bedding, five computers, and ad-hoc help with any repairs. We are currently trying to raise funds for them to extend their building so that the children will have more sleeping space, and we plan on taking them to the movies, as it’s doubtful any of the children here have ever been.
Despite the sad nature of this charity, the children are delightful and it makes us all very proud to be involved with such a rewarding and worthwhile cause. If any of our clients, partners or friends would like to visit when they’re in South Africa, we will happily show them around.
For more information, see their website at Abaphumeleli House
We believe that by far one of the most valuable ways we can assist our clients is by offering expert training – allowing them to stay ‘Ahead of the Game’ when they are serving theirs. To this end, we have invested significantly in this area for quite some time.
One of the key training events is the annual Travel Academy in South Africa – one of the most highly regarded events of its kind in the industry. In partnership with an international carrier, we arrange for up to 70 agents to fly to South Africa to spend an intensive week of daily training sessions at the Academy, which is followed by up to five nights of site inspections across the country.
A wide selection of key suppliers is given this unique opportunity to present their products to frontline sales staff on home ground – allowing the agents to gain knowledge and an understanding of the region which would be unequaled if they did not visit the region. The training is intense and all agents are provided with a workbook to aid their learning and for future reference. We do our best to ensure that the trip is fun and memorable as well as an invaluable learning experience. To make sure both objectives happen four-hour sleep are not uncommon!