We’ve had a very busy year so far, both on the road and in the office.
Earthstompers has grown so much that we needed to hire another staff member to assist with tour planning. Welcome Togeda! She is no stranger to us, having worked in the industry for many years already. She started on 1 December and we threw her in the deep end of the tour spreadsheets. She has completely taken control of the situation and is now managing multiple things including our weekly tours, organizing guides and vehicles and managing our sister company; Cape Food & Wine. Looking back now, we have no idea how we did it without her!
We are attending all the big travel and tourism shows this year, always working towards attaining new agents and getting fresh ideas for our tours. We are especially looking into alternative and niche ideas for our customized tours.
World Travel Market 19-21 April 2017
WTM was once again an awesome experience. This year we shared a stand with South African Youth Travel. We only had a few scheduled meetings, but had a lot of interest and conversation from people just passing by the stand.
I attended a few workshops that were really interesting. The guys from Instaeats did a workshop on how to optimize your Instagram account and following which I will apply to day-to-day marketing for Earthstompers. All in all we felt that the show was a success and we enjoyed attending.
We also attended most of the afternoon and evening events including a lovely opening party at the Grand Café and Beach, hosted by WTM. These are great fun and more importantly, a very casual way of networking and getting to know people in the industry.
Indaba 16-18 May 2017
We are attending Indaba next week, as a local Hosted Buyer. Thanks to SATSA and South African Tourism, we have been sponsored to attend Indaba 2017. There are some exciting new developments to expand the variety of products presented, like the “Hidden Gems” campaign.
A total of 90 small businesses or “Hidden Gems” from around South Africa have been selected to attend Indaba 2017. This initiative is funded by the National Department of Tourism through its Tourism Incentive Programme and is being executed by South African Tourism in partnership with the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA).
It is aimed at broadening the variety of tourism products on the market while upskilling and empowering black-owned small enterprises operating in this sphere.
Our Earthstompers buses have been freshly branded! Look for these buses picking you up on tour!