Monday, 13 February 2017 09:43

Tourvest expands East African portfolio

Tourvest East Africa has been awarded the full management contract for Kili Villas near Arusha in northern Tanzania. The contract comes into effect on March 1.

Leanne Haigh, Lemala Chief Executive and Tourvest East Africa Director of Operations, said the property would be rebranded to Lemala Kili Villas.

There are three villas with a total of 13 rooms.

Built around a central private courtyard, each villa has a reception, living and dining room with views of both Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. The villas can be rented on a per person basis or on an exclusive-use basis.

Haigh said Kili Villas was a welcome addition to Tourvest’s growing portfolio of properties in East Africa, and that she planned an extensive refurbishment of each villa. “We look forward to adding considerable value to the daily operations and marketing efforts of this iconic property through
our hands-on management approach.”

Tourvest East Africa already operates the Lemala tented camps and Kuria Hills permanent camp in the northern Serengeti, as well as the Wildwaters Lodge and Adrift river-rafting company on the River Nile in Uganda.

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Tourvest East Africa has contracted Luxury Representation Collection of the United Kingdom as representatives for Vintage Africa, Sense of Africa Uganda and the Lemala Camps and Lodges to cover the United Kingdom and Ireland, with effect from 1 November. Effective the same date Ynot Concepts of Australia will provide representation services to the same Tourvest East Africa brands across Australia and New Zealand.

South African born Luxury Representation Collection owner Tesna Simonsen George has been working in the industry for over 16 years gaining experience from the various segments of the travel market before finding her true passion in the field of representation.

“Tesna is extremely passionate about Africa and through years of dedication and drive, alongside Kirstine Vercoe she has built up an excellent reputation in the UK and Ireland. Their combined experience and enthusiasm makes Luxury Representation Collection an ideal fit for Tourvest in East Africa,” said James Haigh, joint CEO and Sales and Marketing Director of Tourvest East Africa.

Rob Gurr, owner of Ynot Concepts comes from a strong sales and marketing background. Until recently he headed the South African Tourism trade marketing team in Australia. He implemented national marketing campaigns, business plans, developed and created relationships with key stakeholders and has an excellent understanding of the Australian and New Zealand markets.

“We are very excited to have Tesna, Kirstine and Rob on board as we continue to expand and we look forward to the value they will add to our sales and marketing effort,” he said.

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