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ABTA recently completed its first familiarisation (Fam) trip for South African Travel Buyers, with a trip to Lagos Nigeria, where they also attended a corporate travel forum.

This Fam Trip proved to be an invaluable experience for those who attended and who were keen to elevate their level of expertise by gaining safe and time-efficient on-the-ground knowledge of the destinations that they send their travellers to.

According to Monique Swart, ABTA founder, while it was their 16th trip to Lagos, it was the first for the travel buyers from IDC, Landbank and SAFA who enjoyed it immensely. 

Says Monique: “It was a fantastic trip and a trip to Lagos should be on all travel buyers’ list of things to do in order to add to their travel management expertise.”
The corporate travel forum consisted of speed networking and round table discussions under the theme: Global Perception versus Local Reality.

Monique opened the forum with a window on ABTA dissecting its mission, scope and content of engagements, membership and benefits adding that many conferences are targeted at enlightening, educating and informing on the various trends, challenges, advancements and policies issues among others.

Monique’s opening address was followed by addresses from NANTA president, Bankole Bernard; South African Airways Regional Manager, North, West & Central Africa Global Sales, Ohis Ehimiaghe; General Manager, Protea Ikeja, Miguel Farinha; Assistant Travel Co-ordinator, Landbank South Africa; Head of Sales & Account Management, BCD Travel and Marketing Manager, Africa and Indian Oceans, Sun international, Didier Bayeye, on their products, services and how to add value to what you do.

The attendees on the Fam trip had the following to add:

“Thank you for the opportunity to join you on the Lagos Fam trip!  It was very educational. There is no better way to learn and have confidence in selling travel products than on the ground experience and I am grateful that we got to visit some hotels and meet the GM’s.  I have shared all that I have learned with my colleagues and we are now able to give better advice to our travellers traveling to Nigeria in the future.” – Joey Kganyago, IDC

“The Fam trip went smoothly from beginning to end.  I have always wanted to visit Nigeria and I am glad that I got to go on the Fam trip to learn more about the Nigerian Corporate Travel Industry. The hospitality and friendliness of all who we came into contact with was really nice.  We got to do site inspections at 5 hotels and I can proudly say I am now far more familiar with Lagos, Nigeria.  Thank you ABTA!” – Mixo Shivambu, Landbank

ABTA first announced that it was launching the familiarisation trips across Africa as a new initiative in January.

In addition to ABTA’s 16 events for the year in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola and Ethiopia, ABTA will also be hosting another Travel Buyers Fam Trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24 to 26 Ma as well as hosting several others for Travel Buyers and TMC’s to Nigeria and Kenya.

For more more photos of the Fam trip and corporate travel forum click here