JOHANNESBURG – In an exciting new partnership, TripTide Southern Africa has established partnership with the Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA) to develop Southern Africa’s leading travel community. Their aim is to create a comprehensive resource of user generated advice on things to see and do matched with inspiring holidays run by local operators.
TripTide Southern Africa is an online travel portal which brings travelers and the local community together onto a single platform, from which visitors can access and share tourism products, definitive information, experiences and advice about Southern Africa.
The TripTide concept is based on the premise that the immense, largely untapped resource of insider knowledge held by the local community and tourism suppliers, combined with the experiences and the powerful word-of- mouth from repeat visitors, gives new travelers the very best information on which to draw when both planning and enjoying a holiday.
Partner Manager, Olly Wheatcroft says of the partnership:
“We are very excited to be working with RETOSA as they are an internationally respected institution that is committed to the sustainable development of tourism in Southern Africa. Through our partnership we will give local businesses across the region access to an international audience and provide prospective travelers trusted advice based on firsthand experience. Our aim is to provide people with invaluable travel ideas and information and to work with operators that run outstanding holidays that aren’t listed on more mainstream travel sites.
Southern Africa offers an amazing diversity of landscapes and cultures and through our partnership; we are allowing people to experience the very best of this region through the power of social media.”
Kwakye Donkor, Marketing and Communications Director at RETOSA Director, describes the partnership as healthy win-win opportunity for public and private stakeholders. “It is critical that all our Member States and industry partners take advantage of this program by providing product information in order to maximize the gains of this collaboration” says Donkor.
This platform will offer tourists and travel trade the opportunity to explore and package authentic multi-country experiences, products and attractions online.
RETOSA’s Acting Executive Director, Simba Mandinyenya commented: “We are especially proud about this initiative, which we believe will play a significant role in attaining Southern Africa’s long-term objective of promoting the region as a single but multi-faceted destination.”