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Increase VAT Botswana

Botswana Increases VAT

Effective April 1, 2010, Botswana’s VAT (Value Added Tax) will be increased from 10% to 12%. This is a Government tax increase and beyond suppliers control. Suppliers are required to charge this rate on all existing and new bookings for travel 01 April 2010 onwards. If you have existing client bookings for Botswana travel that begins or extends 01 April, please contact your suppliers immediately for information on the new tax rate and the financial impact this has on the client booking.

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Tourism Product Enhancements New Tourism Product and Product Enhancements

A new spa at Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge; new safari product by Sunway Safaris, and an extensive airport renovation and expansion project in Gaborone kick off 2010 product development news.

Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge…Revive The Body!
Construction of a multimillion dollar Clarins Health and Beauty Spa is well underway at Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge. Scheduled to be operational in April 2010, the Spa will offer a health bar, sauna room, manicure and pedicure rooms, plunge pool and multiple massage rooms. The Cresta Mowana Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of the Chobe River, which is an ideal destination base for safari and wildlife enthusiasts. For more information visit: www.crestahotels.com

Sunway Safaris…Launch Of New Safaris In 2010
Planet Okavango introduces the new Sunway Safaris Botswana Kalahari & Delta Safari. This 15 day small group mobile camping safari includes the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Okavango Delta, Nxai Pan, Chobe & Victoria Falls. A true exploration of Botswana, guests visit the awe- inspiring Central Kalahari, the famous Okavango Delta, the game rich Nxai Pan, the vastness of the Makgikgadi Pans, the elephant herds of Chobe and finish off with a natural wonder of the world - Victoria Falls! Package pricing starts at $2,265 per person (retail). Agent commissionable. For more information visit: http://www.sunwaysafaris.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=BK15

Expansion at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport Nears Completion
The expansion project at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE) in Gaborone is nearing completion. Scheduled to be completed by late May, 2010, just in time for the FIFA 2010 World Cup games, the expanded airport will be able to handle 870 passengers per hour at peak times, up from the current 120 passengers per hour load. The capstone of the expansion project is the extension of the runway. The new runway can accommodate wide-bodied aircraft such as jumbo jets carrying up to 400 passengers, enabling increased air capacity for direct long-haul flights in the future.

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Commissionable Travel Packages Newly Announced Agent Commissionable Travel Packages

Orient Express, &Beyond, SGS Africa, Tuli Safari Lodge, African offer up new travel packages for 2010. Read more
• Orient Express ….Photographic Workshop
• &Beyond’s Simply Spectacular Safari Offer
• Tuli Safari Lodge - Green Season Special Offer
• SGS Africa Announces Customized World Cup Packages
• Anastasia’s Africa… Exceptional Botswana Travel Offers for 2010
• African Travel, Inc. Announces 2010 Botswana Super-Luxe Travel Offers.

Orient Express... Photographic Workshop
Orient Express is offering your clients’ two exclusive photographic workshops, one in April and another in November, 2010. Eight guests can experience the adventure of a lifetime with highly acclaimed wildlife and nature photographer, Heinrich van den Berg. The trip includes stays at Khwai River Lodge, Eagle Island Camp and Savute Elephant Camp. For more information
visit: http://www.orient-express.com/exclusives/photographic_workshop.jsp

&Beyond… Simply Spectacular Safari Offer

Send your clients on 6 night safari to discover the Chobe National Park, experience the arid beauty and ample wildlife of the Savute Region and explore the watery wetland of the Okavango Delta with this special travel offer from &Beyond. Clients can spend two nights at &Beyond Chobe Under Canvas followed by two nights at &Beyond Savute Under Canvas, the final two nights will be spent at one of four &Beyond lodges of your client’s choice. The rates quoted below (and on the web) are the Rack Rates and are commissionable to agents up to 20%.
Valid from 01 March to 31 May 2010). &Beyond Special Offer Price: $3,291;Regular Price: $4,029; Savings: $738. For more information or to book this trip, visit
For more information click here to visit us.

Tuli Safari Lodge  - Green Season Special Offer

Tuli Safari Lodge, voted best safari lodge in Botswana for the past 3 years, is a convenient option for travelers wishing to experience a safari in Botswana from South Africa.  An easy 5 ½ hour drive from Johannesburg, Tuli’s guests are met at the Botswana/SA Pontdrift border post The adventure begins the minute you r clients are met and cross into Botswana in a cable car suspended over the Limpopo river.  Tuli is offering a discounted rate from 16th February to 22nd March 2010. Operators with contracted net rates will be offered an extra 5% discount.
Tuli’s special offer rack rates are shown below (current currency conversion is approx. 7 BWP to 1 USD; 7.7 ZAR to 1 USD)
4 ele suites P950 pp sharing - R1056.00
5 ele suites P1200 pp sharing - R1334.00
The above rates include all meals and 2 game activities per day; they exclude beverages and items of a personal nature.

SGS Africa Announces World Cup Packages
It's World Cup year! SGS Africa will be offering special prices on trips over the FIFA 2010 World Cup time frame. With easy access from Johannesburg to Kasane, Livingstone and Victoria Falls, the Chobe region in Botswana provides an excellent opportunity to get away from the craziness of football (that’s soccer for us Yanks). Relax for a few days to take in the wonders of Chobe National Park and Victoria Falls, and even go further afield in Botswana’s pristine wilderness! Whether your client chooses to visit before or after FIFA 2010 or in between the games we can help you plan their perfect getaway. Contact SGS Africa at reservations@sgsafrica.com for special world cup packages and let us show your clients the beauty of Botswana, just a stone’s throw away from the goals.

Anastasia’s Africa 2010 Botswana Values
Anastasia’s Africa says 2010 is the year to experience Botswana...a land of awesome contrasts. This TO is highlighting two travel packages :
 11-Night Botswana Journey & The Falls
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Following in the Footsteps of the No. 1 Ladies Detective
For more information or to book thee tours, go to Anastasia’s Africa Botswana Exceptional Values Page

African Travel, Inc. Announces 2010 Botswana Super-Luxe Travel Offers
African Travel, Inc., a company that specializes in offering super-luxe journeys to Africa, recently announced special offers on select Botswana safaris for the 2010 season. These special offers give travelers the opportunity to experience a 9-day safari on “The Last Refuge” with all overnights at 5-star Orient-Express properties for prices starting at $3,650 or a 4-day Savute extension which can be added to any Southern Africa trip priced from $1,995. For more information about “The Last Refuge” safaris, visit http://www.africantravelinc.com/Tourindex/lr_2010.htm. For more information on other Botswana travel arrangements, visit the website.

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Tourism for Tomorrow Botswana Top Finalist in WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards

Botswana has been has been selected as one of the top finalists in the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) 2010 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. Botswana’s Okavango Delta is recognized as one of world’s top 3 sites as a leading example of Best Practice in Travel & Tourism in the Destination Stewardship category.

The prestigious WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, launched in 2003 under the stewardship of the WTTC, recognize demonstrated best practice in sustainable tourism in four different categories – Destination Stewardship, Conservation, Community Benefit and Global Tourism Business.  

An international team of independent judges determined the 12 finalists- three per category-are amongst the best in the world at demonstrating sustainable tourism practices, including improving the livelihoods of local communities and supporting the protection of natural and cultural heritage through sustainable tourism development. Over 160 entries were received this year from over 45 countries.

Botswana Tourism Board entered the Okavango Delta Ramsar Site (ODRS) in the Destination Stewardship category. This entry is in recognition of the Delta’s contribution to the advancing the social and economic benefits of tourism and the livelihood of not only people living around it, but that of the people of Botswana.

The Ramsar Convention, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable utilisation of wetlands officially designated the Okavango Delta as a Ramsar Site in 1996. The convention recognizes wetlands of international importance.

The Botswana government actively champions sound sustainable tourism development through its established and ongoing ecotourism policies to guide the development of the sector, emphasizing regard for the environment. Some of the instruments developed to date include the National Ecotourism Strategy, the Ecotourism Best Practice manual and the recent introduction of the Eco Certification Programme, which are all intended to guide and recognize efforts made in sustainable tourism development. 

The WTTC team of judges will conduct a site tour of the Okavango Delta as the next step in the competition. Winners of the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards will be announced in Beijing in May 2010.

For more information on Botswana’s policies and practices in sustainable tourism, visit  http://trade.botswanatourism.us/aboutus1.html and http://www.botswanatourism.co.bw/grading/ecotourism_manual.html.

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1We hope you enjoyed reading this issue and learned something new about Botswana tourism and travel opportunities in 2010, next month's issue will focus on Botswana-based suppliers. In preparation for Indaba, be watching for it and get ready to make new connections in 2010!

Yours in travel,
Botswana Tourism, North America

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