DENVER, CO (October 9, 2008) – Despite challenging economic times, record numbers of Americans are finalizing their plans right now for their “trip of a lifetime” to Africa in 2009. Kent Redding, one of the leading experts in African travel today, outlines what he sees as key trends in travel to Africa in 2009.
“There are some clear trends when it comes to African travel for 2009,” said Kent Redding, President of Africa Adventure Consultants. “Destinations like Zambia and Zimbabwe are lighting up, and travelers are increasingly incorporating eco-friendly travel options into their safaris. Our clients are also, now more than ever, looking for ways to stretch their dollar the furthest when planning a safari to Africa.”
The following are five key trends in African Travel for 2009:
Carbon Neutral Travel: 2009 will be the “moment of truth” for Carbon Neutral travel and Carbon Offsets. Consumers have proved slow to fully grasp these initiatives, and these trends will either take hold in 2009 – or fade away.
Wild Africa: Zambia is definitely the rising star of the African travel industry. With new properties, remote game reserves and specialist safari guides, in-the-know safari operators like Africa Adventure Consultants can now offer a true “wild Africa” experience.
Second Chance for Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe may be coming back on the radar when it comes to African safaris, following word of the power-sharing agreement among the politicians there. Soon the country may be in a position to rebuild and flourish and the entire African travel industry anxiously awaits its rebirth.
Competitive Prices: As domestic airfare prices soar in 2009, air travel to Africa is still affordable. With new flight routes to Africa being added all the time, prices should remain affordable well into 2009.
Value: As the American economy faces some of its greatest challenges since the Great Depression, even luxury travelers are branching out and demanding more value for their travel dollars. Many travelers are seeking out destination specialists, such as Africa Adventure Consultants, who can help them plan an itinerary that is an outstanding travel experience but at less overall cost.
Denver-based African safari expert Africa Adventure Consultants organizes safari adventures throughout East and Southern Africa, with destinations including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Victoria Falls and most recently, Ethiopia. The company sells destinations they know personally and offer guests assurance of strong on-the-ground partnerships with only the best local companies. Africa Adventure Consultants supports a variety of African conservation organizations, community-based tourism programs and humanitarian causes. And now, the company runs a completely carbon neutral office in Denver and is further committed to carbon neutral safaris by automatically offsetting 50% of each African trip they sell as well as offering clients the opportunity to offset the remaining 50%. With an eye on personal service, the principals create carbon neutral safaris and customized trips for individuals and small groups. To learn more, please call 1.866.778.1089.
About Africa Adventure Consultants
Denver-based Africa Adventure Consultants organizes carbon neutral safari adventures throughout East and Southern Africa, with destinations including Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Victoria Falls. The company sells destinations they know personally and offer guests assurance of strong on-the-ground partnerships with only the best local companies. Africa Adventure Consultants supports a variety of African conservation organizations, community-based tourism programs and humanitarian causes. With an eye on personal service, the principals create customized carbon neutral safaris for individuals and small groups. To enquire about a safari with Africa Adventure Consultants please contact Kent Redding, President, at 1.303.778.1089 or 1.866.778.1089.
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