[Covid Comment] 4. 6. 120. What can we gain?
11 May 2020

Be open. Be creative. Be brave.

4 questions. 6 panelists. 120+ years of experience

JOIN our first Tuesday Talk as we open the discussion with a group of travel partners I have the highest regard for. Now is the time for us to be open about what we need for success in the current and post COVID crisis, how we should be more creative within our partnerships, and finally be brave enough to make a transition.
DATE: Tuesday 12th May
TIME: 4pm South African time (GMT +2:00)

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South Africa
Craig has worked in inbound tourism since leaving university in 1995, firstly for Trafalgar Tours in London, and then Thompsons Africa in Durban. He started New Frontiers Tours, a tailor made FIT and small groups DMC in 2004, which was recently acquired by Bidvest. He is currently CEO of New Frontiers Tours.
Justin Wateridge — STEPPES TRAVEL
United Kingdom
Brought up in Zambia, Justin is an explorer at heart and his travels have taken him to over one hundred countries in the world, whether as a guide, expedition leader or for personal pleasure. He is Managing Director of Steppes Travel and was previously MD of Abercrombie & Kent UK.
Cherri Briggs — EXPLORE Inc
United States of America
Cherri founded EXPLORE Inc. in 1992 in order to pursue her interests in conservation and community development. Since that time EXPLORE has become one of the leading African travel companies in the USA and now operates in 18 African countries.
Maija de Rijk-Uys - GO2AFRICA
South Africa
A Chartered Accountant by profession with a passion for Africa, Maija qualified with PwC London, then worked with Travelstart before rolling out PwC Accelerator. She joined Go2Africa as Managing Director 4 years ago where she has found her forever work home!
Muriel Truter — ASKARI TRAVEL
Askari founder and principal Muriel grew up in Zimbabwe and has spent over 20 years exploring adventure travel destinations. Over a lifetime of travel and a career in tourism, Muriel has journeyed extensively, personally visiting over 50 countries.
Jono has just about had every safari-related job and discipline you could think of: from overland guide, staff trainer, first aider, business strategist to now safari specialist. After moving to Australia in 2008 he co-founded Encompass Africa with his wife Danica.


Send us your questions or comments to tuesdaytalks@classic-portfolio.com.
There will be Q&A chat capability during the webinar, but for greater visibility, we recommend you send your questions ahead of time. Not all questions may be addressed, but we will try our best to consolidate and address all issues.

The banner image from Blue Safari Seychelles was selected as it symbolises creating clear blue water between the past and present in our African tourism industry.

Your feedback is always valued and we ask you to keep engaging with us.
While we may be overwhelmed by our current crisis, through collaborating, listening and understanding each other's perspectives, we will navigate a way forward together.

Remaining positive and #allinthistogether

Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa

Impact Infographic Video

In case you missed this last week, here is an infographic communication about the impact and responsibility that our Members carry, and how we value the support of our trade partners.


WHAT WE LOVE:  Zimbabwe must be one of the most beautiful and scenic countries in Africa with wonderful weather.  It certainly does have political challenges but we feel extremely optimistic about the future of this destination.  Landlocked between the mighty Limpopo and Zambezi rivers, Zimbabwe is a country rich in natural and cultural heritage. From the Great Zimbabwe ruins in the south, to the magnificent Victoria Falls, known locally as ‘the smoke that thunders’ on its northern border, Zimbabwe offers beautiful scenery, wildlife and friendly people.


Ingwe Pan

Located in a private concession of Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 8 tents of Ingwe Pan are tucked into the woodland on the fringes of a large secluded pan. Throughout the season, the pan attracts animals large and small, making for exceptional game viewing straight from camp and in the surrounding areas. Ingwe Pan is a 30-minute drive from the famed Mana floodplain and the Zambezi River, and the terrain is a beautiful mix of baobab groves, mopane and riverine forest.