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FEBRUARY 2010

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Senegal in 2010


AFRICA NOUVELLES FRONTIERES SENEGAL HAS WIDELY MULTILINGUAL REACH

Taking the idea for its name from a JFK speech, Nouvelle Frontieres Senegal is a division of Groupe Nouvelles Frontieres, the first tour operator in France, whose head office is located in Paris. It has been a member of the TUI network since 2000 (with 37 incoming agencies worldwide). Operating throughout Senegal since 1983, Nouvelle Frontieres has become the first incoming agency in terms of clients—mainly from Europe, but more and more from North America and Africa. The company also handles surrounding countries such as Mali, the Gambia, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Benin, Togo and Ghana. Services include adventure tours, cultural tours, ecotourism, beach resorts, conferences, incentives, FIT, excursions, transfers, airport assistance, car rental, and air ticketing with local and international companies. A dedicated and efficient team of 25 is committed to responding with initial feedback to requests within 24 hours. Languages spoken are French, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Arabic. Guides are multilingual. The company has four offices: Dakar, Airport, Saly and La Somone. It has contracts with main hotels and tourism providers all over Senegal and allotments with the main hotels. Their fleet of coaches is renovated yearly. Nouvelles Frontieres’ services are regularly subjected to strict quality inspections, and are in full compliance with international health and safety rules for tourism. Rates and programs are available in English upon request. Nouvelles Frontieres, contact@nfsenegal.com, www.nfsenegal.com

CTA INCENTIVE PROMOTES SENEGAL TO THE U.S. TRAVEL MARKETPLACE Operating since January 2001, CTA INCENTIVE is a Senegalese DMC agency specializing in the MICE market. Its team members each have nearly 15 years of experience. CTA belongs to the association Pensées d’Ailleurs, created by Belgian and Senegalese volunteers sharing its vision of humanitarian and sustainable tourism. CTA’s focus is: incentive travel with high-level standards, teamTravel World News • www.travelworldnews.com

building programs, tailor-made tours for individuals or small groups, events by corporate meetings, and professional travel and learning expedition programs. Attractive programs are presented, from the Lompoul desert, the Pink Lake, Bandia reserve, Saloum Islands, Gorée to Saly. The majority feature an original concept from CTA INCENTIVE—Talent Event® parties that showcase international artists celebrating Senegalese talent. There are parties under the stars or under Mauritanian tents on the beach or inside Bandia reserve with “Out of Africa” atmosphere. In Goree Island, in authentic places like the Slaves House with Gospel songs or in a private house with a Gorean soul for party, cocktail or private visit, emotion is raised. A high-level bivouac on the beach or in the forest with Talisman Lodge® (25 luxury mobile tents) or a charming house for a small group—one might enjoy any of these with CTA INCENTIVE. Some treats are Olympic challenges through the forest; treasure hunts in Goree and Ngor Islands, Pink Lake or a fishing village; the beauty of the Baobab tree, sports—quad, 4x4, jet ski, catamaran, nautical ski, canoe races (with lifejackets and rowing), and various artistic challenges. For strengthening the harmony of a sales team or building culture for customers, CTA INCENTIVE provides original services embracing Senegalese realities and activities. CTA INCENTIVE, awacta@orange.sn, www.ct-afrique.com

The Land oof Legendary Teranga and Beautiiful Touristic Sites...Welcome!

SENEGAL Senegal Tourist Office Phone: (212) 695-9630 Email: sentouroffice@aol.com

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AFRICA AFS VOYAGES HIGHLIGHTS EXCLUSIVE SENEGAL TOURS

ACT’S UNIQUE JOURNEYS EXEMPLIFIED BY ‘MEDICINE’ TOUR

AFS Voyages specializes in Senegal, a West African country that has 435 miles of coastline, almost 250 miles of sandy beaches, 12 months of sun and eight months of springtime. Their eight-day/seven-night Djolof Tour explores the special African cities and sites of Dakar, Lac Rose, Saint Louis, and Saloum. Accommodations are in three-star hotels; encampment is in The Saloum. An air-conditioned bus and a local guide fluent in English make the tour comfortable and informative. The Song of the Praise Singer—Land of Colours, Land of Nomads is a nine-day/eight-night tour that encompasses Senegal from its national parks, desert, endless seaside and natural sites like the “pink lake” to the Mauritanian territory where cities spring from the desert. The authentic journey is enhanced by the friendliness of welcoming natives with whom travelers share tea under the shade of their tents. A Combination Tour and Stay Senegal runs eight days/seven nights and takes in a variety of places from the boundaries to the cities—rich with history, natural wonders, and warm welcomes. Travelers with an interest in touring Senegal should email AFS for prompt responses, including quotations. Note—Technical imperatives may force modifying some programs on occasion, but this will not change the meaning or quality of the services of AFS. AFS Voyages, afsvoyages@sentoo.sn, www.afsvoyages.com

Africa Connection Tours (ACT) has designed programs with strong focus on the cultural aspects of Senegal: Ethnicity, Ancient and Modern Arts, Traditional ceremonies, Rites of passages, Historical roots of the African American Diaspora, Black History Month special programs, Music festivals, Workshops on African handicrafts and more. They also have special birdwatching programs and ecotourism packages. ACT is presently developing Inter-African Tours that combine various West African countries such as Senegal/Mali/Ivory Coast or Senegal/Gambia/Guinea Bissau, or Senegal/Ivory Coast/Ghana. One special tour is called Traditional Medicine ‘On the Paths of the Medicine Men.’ It starts with a Dakar conference given by a Senegalese professor known for his research in the field of traditional medicine. Travelers get to visit markets where traditional herbalists share their knowledge of plants and their uses. Toubacouta along the Saloum Delta is rich with vegetation and bird sanctuaries. Crossing the Gambia River by ferryboat, Gambia’s capital Banjul offers exchanges with tradipractitioners. The main market in Ziguinchor, Saint-Maur—with its numerous medicinal plants, provides more interaction with herbalists. In Mawa there’s an opportunity to meet the “Marabout” spiritual leader and medicine man. It is here that the principles of traditional psychotherapy are applied. Visitors go to Malango Center in Fatick, known for its efficiency in healing sick persons. The clinic gathers outstanding tradipractitioners in the Sine region— “Saltigués,” and modern medicine doctors. Beyond healing, the Saltigués are believed to be capable of predicting the future. Africa Connection Tours, act@orange.sn, www.actours-senegal.com

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Your APTA Membership Includes:

r Educational Dinner Programs r Guest Speakers r New Sales Tools r Destination/Product Presentations r Networking Opportunities r Access to Informative Website r Member Supplier List on Website r Special Discounts r Invitation to Annual Travel Show “Discover Africa” r Quarterly Newsletter Subscription and Submissions r Unique Educational Opportunities Let us put you on the right track! Visit www.apta.biz or info@apta.biz.

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ETHIOPIAN AIRLINES OPENS NEW WEST AFRICAN HUB Officially realizing Ethiopian Airlines’ longstanding vision to form a hub in the West African region, ASKY, the new community airline of Africa, has begun operation as of January 15. One year after Ethiopian Airlines and fledgling airline ASKY signed a management contract guaranteeing the preeminent East African carrier management rights for a period of five years and a 25-percent stake in the startup airline, the two companies now have a new West African hub in Lome, Togo, for regional and intercontinental routes. Strategically positioned in one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, ASKY is a multinational private airline initiative geared to meet the growing demands for safe, reliable and competitive air transportation services in Central and West Africa. Its equity ownership includes the private multinational ECOBANK and the two major development banks of the region, namely EBID, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Bank of Investment and Development, and BOAD, West African Development Bank and South African investors. Ethiopian Airlines, www.ethiopianairlines.com www.travvelw worldnew ws.com • Travel World News



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