Grosvenor Tours is Fair Trade Tourism Approved

Grosvenor Tours is proud to announce that it has been Fair Trade Tourism approved and has joined a list of operators committed to showcasing Africa’s most responsible and forward-thinking tourism portfolio! Fairtrade Tourism is a non-profit organisation that promotes best practice for responsible tourism in Africa.

 

Peter-John Mitrovich, CEO of Grosvenor Tours, says, “We have joined Fair Trade Tourism as a proudly approved partner to ensure that we play an active role in the preservation of natural fauna and flora, to invest and uplift our communities in need and to become part of a family of brands that will help shape a sustainable future.”

 

In honour of our approval, we have created a “Fair Travel Through South Africa” package. This nine-day self-drive adventure will take you to some of the best parts of South Africa, while enjoying Fair Trade Tourism certified properties and excursions.

 

Your journey begins in Cape Town where you will be guided through the culture and heritage of South Africa before moving on to Grootbos Private Nature Reserve and Gansbaai, where you will brave the cage for great white sharking diving. Your travels continue to Plettenberg Bay with an exciting treetop canopy tour of the Tsitsikamma Forest along the celebrated Garden Route. The adventure ends at Shamwari Game Reserve, where an authentic and luxurious safari experience awaits in prime African Big 5 wilderness.

http://www.grosvenortours.com/new-packages/fair-travel-through-south-africa/

THE DOCKS, CITY OF FASHION AND DESIGN

The City of Fashion and Design is a building located at the site of the old general storehouses on the quai d’Austerlitz in Paris beside the Seine; it was designed by architects Jakob and MacFarlane and is one of the most remarkable contemporary monuments of Paris. Its architecture, which reveals and celebrates the existing structures, is inspired by the river’s movement, and is in metal and etched glass, owes its green colour to aquatic reflections. A place resolutely facing the future welcomes all events on more of 6000 sqm, on the banks of the Seine. The space can have a modular use having different capacities:

  • La Galerie d’actualité is a glassed-in space measuring 250 sqm. La Galerie can be used for meetings and conferences/talks for up to 150 persons;
  • Le Quai, located on the riverbank, directly on the Seine, measures 1,200 sqm and has a direct view over the river.  This space can host up to 1.000 persons;
  • Atelier is 270 sqm of 180° glassed-in space with a unique view over the Seine and Paris. L’Atelier can host 150 persons for a seated dinner or a talk followed by a cocktail reception, 300 persons for a cocktail reception or party.

 

FORMULE ONE IS BACK IN FRANCE AT PAUL RICARD CIRCUIT – LE CASTELLET

The Paul Ricard Circuit is an exceptional place dedicated to thrilling sensations in the South of France. Perfectly located at the heart of Provence, between the sea and the mountains Paul Ricard track in Castellet is the international reference in the world of Formula 1. It has one of the most longest straight lines of Europe, the Mistral straight: 1.8 km.

INCENTIVE ACTIVITIES: The Driving Center is a 1.6 km leisure track dedicated to motorsports for driving and road safety open to everyone. And it’s the first in France combining driving and road safety on one single site. The unique experience  for groups of 10 to 500 people with formats adjustable to your needs (half-day, day, evening…).

 

Glamourous Camping – Denmark

Camping in style

 

Glamourous Camping, or Glamping, is the concept of camping without the hassle of work or dirt. We combine the luxuries of a home, with the beauty and extraordinary elements of nature. We built a bridge between the people who don’t want it rough, with the fun hassle-free experiences nature has to offer.

Near one of Denmarks many mansions, is the shelter city ready to accommodate your delegates. With over thousands of square meters, your group will be able to tire themselves doing mental exercises, tree climbing, shotting with bows and arrows, or creating their own raft to cross the local river.

 

Contact booking@hadlerdmc.com for a talk about your next event. Lets us get to know you, so we can create your next awesome experience together!

Unusual Luxurious Hotel in Denmark

 

When travelling the world, all standard hotels will largely look the same, offer the same and feel the same. This is why we, at Hadler DMC Scandinavia, have gathered a short list of a few unique, creative, inspirational, and unusual luxury hotels from our destinations.

Copenhagen – Tivoli Gardens

Located in one of Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens, lies one of the city’s best-kept secrets – Nimb Hotel. This boutique belle offers 17 individually styled rooms and suites fusing clean lines, beautiful art and antiques, luxury fabrics and high-tech perks such as Bang & Olufsen TVs and sound systems. All rooms except three also feature a fireplace, while all bar one come with views over the amusement park.

Nimb Brasserie is amongst the hottest restaurants in Scandinavia with its French-inspired kitchen. The newly opened restaurant Nimb Gemyse offers its guests a unique 100% organic menu, consisting primarily of vegetables and exotic spices, executed in a Michelin worthy precision and style.

2019, Havana was founded 500 years ago…

2019 is the year to do your incentive in Havana Cuba. It was 500 years ago that the city was founded by the Spanish conquistadores. The city is shaping up for this unique celebration with new hotels right in the colonial quarter. This year in August opens the 5 star Gran Iberostar Packard at the Prado boulevard in Old Havana. Next year it is for new 5 stars Sofitel at the corner of Malecon and Prado. Doesn’t your incentive or event group want to stay there in that year full of surprises for the city.

Contact your partner Cuba for Travel, experienced DMC located in Havana. (www.cubafortravel.com /contact@cubafortravel.com).

Havana is a surprising city where layers of the past come together in the present. You see old Classic American Vintage cars of the 50 ies together with Ladas from the Soviet era right in the streets full of colonial buildings of the 18th and 19th Century. Many have been restored and can be the setting of your event. Many have that flavour of decay and the scars of times that make such a great picture or the background of your incentive party. But in Havana is the joy of life that comes with the mojitos and the salsa music and dancing.

Visit Havana before it changes for ever and becomes one of the many modern cities. Try the uniqueness of this place and celebrate with us the 500 years of this grand old lady.

Old Car Cuba

U.A.E. EN ROUTE IN SCANDINAVIA

GCT is pleased to be taking part in a Nordic road show organized by the National Tourism Programme/MInistry of Economy to promote all 7 UAE Emirates throughout Scandinavia.

Stops include Stockholm on the 17th. of September, Oslo on the 19th. of September and Copenhagen on the 21st. of September 2018.

The Road Show includes a presentation on the UAE and its many diverse places of attraction as well as a workshop with hotels from the UAE and local agents in Scandinavia, followed by a raffle draw and lunch.

We are very pleased to be taking part in this promotion of the UAE and look forward to reaching a wider audience.

Lets go on Safari, you are invited

Nelson Mandela said

And I dream of the vast deserts, the forests and all the wilderness of our continent, beautiful places that we should protect as a precious heritage for our children and for our children’s children. We must never forget that it is our duty to protect this environment”. Nelson must have dreamt about Uganda.

 

Our mission is simple…to understand Uganda, why it is as it is, and why it exists as the pearl of Africa.

Uganda is a land of contrasts. In half a day, you can drive from mist shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wild life, serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered, giving way to tangled jungle and rain forests with the musical accompaniments of chaotic, cacophonous bird life. It indeed presents Africa in one small place. It is amazing!

 

Uganda boasts of 10 National parks, 12 Wildlife reserves and 10 wild life sanctuaries. This is for the Wildlife enthusiasts. But that’s not all that Uganda offers the descending traveler. Our land always has something exciting for everyone. You can choose the Mountain Gorilla experience, go fishing, relax at the white sand beaches of Lake Victoria, and for the adrenaline junkies, a trip down the thundering river Nile on a white water rafting adventure will surely come in handy. And just so you know, Uganda is a birders haven. In Uganda, you can see all of Africa.

 

I always tell my clients that this country is remote, wild, stunning and beautiful. It doesn’t get better than this. It has big skies, vast Rocky Mountains and golden green plains dotted the big five and other mammals and birds.

 

It is this pivotal positioning of Uganda and its people that implores me to ask you to come with us not just to travel because of celebration, sadness or stress, but also in the process of conservation. Share our passion.

 

Lets go on a Safari!

Peter Mwanja

Managing Director

The Uganda Safari Chapter Ltd

Uganda…Wander and wonder… and then you fall in love!

I remember a story that we were told while growing up, about the Europeans who came to our motherland in the search for colonization. They wandered and roamed our land like butterflies, or at least with little sense of direction. In amazement, our forefathers then referred to them as Mzungu. This Swahilli word is loosely translated as wanderer. Today we still refer to whites as Mzungu.

But as they wandered on, they saw the wonder that is in Uganda. Little wonder, Winston Churchill wrote back describing Uganda as “The pearl of Africa”. This should have been the start of tourism in Uganda.

I never dreamt of showing up as a safari specialist, but the defining moment leading to my current love, was that school trip we took to western Uganda in the Queen Elizabeth national park when I joined the wild life club. We were not wandering but this awakened the inner wanderer in me.

Our first stop was at the Equator, the imaginary line that divides the world into two- the Northern and Southern hemispheres. I stood at this point with one leg on either side of the line. It’s amazing, how one becomes lighter while on this line. Here water runs down in sinks to the clockwise in the Northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the Southern hemisphere. The guide called it the coriolis effect… I called it the Equator magic.

Then we were on our way to the queen Elizabeth national park, overnighting in the dorms. We saw elephants in the night by our camp.

In the days that followed, we went to the katwe salt works to see how salt is mined, we took morning and evening game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel.

Queen Elizabeth has a variety of Flora and Fauna and it’s acknowledged to be a habitat for over 95 mammal species with about 612 species of birds. The various species in this park, has made it a unique park most liked by tourists. It has five levels of vegetation. Namely bushy grassland, Acacia woodland, Lakeshore or swamp vegetation along with forest grassland.

We saw wildlife such as Cape buffalo, Uganda Kob, waterbuck, warthog, lion, leopard, hyena, giant forest hog as well as elephants. Then it was time for us to return home. And this time, we took a train. This ride showed me Uganda. The wonder of Uganda.

Our country is a land of contrasts. In half a day, you can drive from mist shrouded volcanic mountains to hot hazy savannah, dappled with wild life, serene undulating hills of tea plantations, lush but ordered giving way to tangled jungle and rain forests with the musical accompaniments of chaotic, cacophonous bird life. It indeed presents Africa in one small place. It is amazing!

At this moment, I realized, promoting Uganda tourism starts with me.

This formed my current opinion of our country and it was from this trip that I was determined to show Uganda to every one willing to visit.

People are very friendly, welcoming and the food is awesome.

I have since travelled the whole country to learn more so as to tell this story. I have indeed wandered this wonderland.

Up north, we have the Kidepo valley national park and Murchison falls. This region is famous for the big five and exclusive lodges. The iconic BIG FIVE – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – have long dominated the list of must-sees on a Ugandan safari.

But that’s not all that Uganda offers. The Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee that have increasingly become a “bucket list” item for many a traveler to this part of Africa.

The adventurers will want to try Bungee jumping and white water rafting in Jinja, horse riding and mountain climbing.

The leisure and honeymooners have the luxury of lazing away at the beaches of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest water body.

Uganda has it all. And our mission at the Uganda Safari Chapter is simple… It is complete understanding of Uganda, why it is as it is. And why it exists as the Pearl of Africa.

As we always say, out of Africa, there is always something new. When visiting Uganda, choose the Uganda Safari Chapter, and lets take you on a Safari. Only with us, it is not wandering like the Mzungu. It is an African Safari full of wonders.

 

Lets go on a safari!

Peter Mwanja

Managing Director

The Uganda Safari Chapter.