Sun Int’l strengthens Nigeria partnership with trade awards

Left to Right: Thekiso Rakolojane, South African Tourism Regional Manager, West Africa; Wonuola Lamidi, Co-founder Diamond and Pearls Travels and Didier Bayeye, Sun International Market Manager, West Africa & Indian Ocean during the Sun International awards in Lagos

Posted by Sade Williams

Sun International, one of Africa’s largest hospitality group have strengthened its partnership with the Nigerian travel trade through award recognition of outstanding performance.

In a lifestyle cruise event held along the Lagos waterways, Sun International awarded top and loyal travel agents who have been selling the brand for the past year, 2018.

According to Didier Bayeye, Sun International Market Manager, West Africa & Indian Ocean, the second edition of the annual Sun International awards is to continuously appreciate the outstanding effort and doggedness of the Nigeria travel trade who have prioritise the selling of Sun International properties to Nigerian travellers.

Diamonds and Pearls Travels and Tours, Afro Tourism and Njetours scooped the Top Achiever award while 1860travels and Apeiron Global won the Loyalty Award.

“Our Nigerian travel trade partners are outstanding supporters of brand Sun International who despite the many competition in the South African hospitality industry show wholesome commitment to our brand,” stated Bayeye.

He continued, “From the Maslow in Johannesburg, Table Bay in Cape Town, Time Square in Pretoria to Sun City and indeed all other Sun International properties across South Africa received a quality number of Nigerian visitors in 2018 orchestrated by our Nigeria trade partners.”

One of the highlights of the cruise was the out pour of encomiums on Sun International by Juliet Ibrahim, a celebrity movie star and brand influencer. She told the story of her beautiful vacation with her son in South Africa where she experienced the Sun International Time Square, The Maslow and Sun City exquisite properties.

The delectable actress used the opportunity to announce her special birthday getaway travel package billed for South Africa from 28th February to 6th March this year which is supported by Sun International, South African Airways and South African Tourism.

Wonuola Lamidi, Co-founder Diamond and Pearls Travels appreciated the recognition as a Top Achiever by Sun International and promised to continue selling the brand as their customers were excited and happy at all the Sun International properties visited in the past.

Among the several personalities at the event are Ohis Ehimiaghe, South African Airways Regional Manager, North, West and Central Africa and Thekiso Rakolojane, the new South African Tourism Regional Manager, West Africa based in Lagos.

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