[COVID Comment] Who we are. What we stand for.
22 March 2020

Private. Unique. Committed.

17 visionary owners.
60 privately owned camps & lodges.
Committed to long term sustainability
in 30 protected areas across 12 African countries.

Before another mad week begins, we want to share some inspiration!
While tourism is down, in some places non-existent, our travel trade partners and lodge owners are in the midst of a storm; and we probably still have worse to come. We are all facing exceptionally challenging times. As we navigate these waters, please remember the principles upon which our Classic Portfolio members are founded:

  • We are committed to CONSERVATION — We operate in some remote and vulnerable wilderness areas across Africa. As guardians of these wild places, we have enormous responsibilities to ensure they are safeguarded for future generations.
  • We collaborate with COMMUNITIES — Empowering local communities is a cornerstone of each member. During these challenging times keeping local teams employed is critical as this global crisis will undoubtedly result in severe economic impact for African communities.
  • We are underpinned by COMMERCE — Cancellations, postponements and booking chaos; we are all going through this as African countries start restricting travel. Our members are being reasonable and flexible in terms of managing each booking by working with trade partners. Decisions need to be made to protect commercial integrity, which in turn supports communities and maintains conservation commitments.

#allinthistogether

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Hang in there. This too shall pass.


Suzanne
Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
OWNER
Classic Portfolio
Sustainable Africa

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