‘Trade Appreciation Evening’ organised by Sun International in association with the South African Consulate General Mumbai, India and Airline partner Air Seychelles in Mumbai on June 24th, 2022
Sun International in association with the South African Consulate General Mumbai, India and Airline partner Air Seychelles organised a ‘Trade Appreciation Evening’ in Mumbai on June 24th, 2022. The Cocktail Dinner was well marked with Her Excellency Ms. Andrea Kuhn, Consul General (Republic of South Africa), Ms Sherene Allaman -VP – Sales & Marketing Sun International, Vasudha Sondhi- Managing Director, Outbound Marketing (India Representative of Sun International Hotels) and Mr Rakesh Bhandari, Account Director, Sun International playing hosts to the trade and media alike. The objective of the event was to network once again with the Indian Tour Operators, MICE Agents, Wedding planners and media, and thank them for their continued support in keepin the business flowing to Sun International by creating and maintaining an aspiration amongst the consumers in India to visit Sun International properties in South Africa.
The event started with a brief on the destination, South Africa and Sun International with its diverse portfolio of assets including world class premium five star hotels & resorts, modern and well located casinos along with their offerings of experiential luxury, enduring quality and incredible adventure supported by an authentic dedication to personal service. The event ended with a lucky draw. The winners won Hotel Stay Vouchers for Maslow Timesquare, Maslow Sandton, The Table Bay, Boardwalk and the mega prize included Free air tickets for a couple by Air Seychelles and Stay Voucher for a couple at The Palace of the Lost City.
Her Excellency Ms. Andrea Kuhn was happy to be surrounded by a sea of enthusiastic faces. She quoted ‘ The SA team in India is working hard to re-introduce direct flights between India and SA, especially considering that we will be celebrating 30 years of our bilateral relations in 2023. I also wish to extend my congratulations and appreciation to Sun International for a memorable evening and for bringing South Africa to Mumbai tonight.’
Ms. Serene Allaman while talking to the media expressed, “We are thankful to our clients in India who have been relentlessly promoting South Africa and motivating tourists to stay at Sun International Hotels. We have seen an extremely positive trend in the last 2 months where the business is flowing in from all possible Travel Segments including Leisure, Corporate, MICE and Social Events. There cannot be a better time than this to celebrate our bond with our Travel Partners in India. And that is why I decided to be here and appreciate their support and thank them personally through our Appreciation Dinner.’
While speaking about the new additions she said, ‘Sun International has upgraded its Hotels, Services and Activities. We are ready to welcome our guests with impeccable hygiene and highest service standards. Ms. Allaman added ‘We are proud to mention that we have taken up the mammoth task of upgrading all rooms in our Flagship Hotel The Palace of the Lost City, including a brand new Spa and Gym. The Table Bay celebrates 25 years as we continue to deliver the most memorable experiences at the Best Address in Cape Town and are delighted to announce the inclusion of SIBA The Restaurant together with a renowned local celebrity chef infusing African and European dishes.’
Ms. Vasudha Sondhi, MD, Outbound Marketing, representing Sun International in India, said that “ Travellers are looking at experiences and South Africa has that rare combination of offering experiences at every level backed by great infrastructure and product. We are encouraged with the bouncing back of business to Sun International Hotels and South Africa.”
NOTE TO EDITORS
The Sun International brand has a proud legacy in the gaming, hospitality, conferencing and leisure sectors. The Group’s diverse South African property portfolio includes 15 hotels, two premier resorts and 11 well located casinos, all of which offer modern, fully-equipped conferencing and banqueting facilities. It is also the local industry leader in online gaming and betting through the SunBet platform which offers the latest global technology and the most innovative and exciting online betting experience.
During 2021, the Group launched a direct booking hotel reservation platform allowing hotel guests to book and secure their reservations through a simple and safe online payment process. The new booking platform also allows users to purchase accommodation vouchers to gift to others, and for corporates to use as part of their rewards and incentive programmes.
In addition to the iconic Sun City resort, Sun International’s other equally exciting properties include the Wild Coast Sun resort, a slice of beach paradise on the tropical South Coast, the luxurious Table Bay hotel in Cape Town, The Maslow Sandton and The Maslow Time Square in Gauteng, The beach facing Boardwalk in Gqeberha, The Golden Valley Lodge in Worcester’s beautiful Hex River Valley, The Sibaya Lodge in Durban’s Umhlanga Rocks, and Meropa in Polokwane, an ideal gateway to the Kruger National Park.
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