Belfast travel firm Mahlatini has roaring success at British Travel Awards
A BELFAST firm which provides luxury breaks in Africa has won a major UK travel award.
Mahlatini Luxury Travel won the best small safari, wildlife and nature holiday company at the British Travel Awards in London.
The business was set up by South African born Gregory Fox in 2004 and offers bespoke holidays to adventurous travellers and honeymooners.
Destinations cover much of south and east Africa while the company also organises trips to the Indian Ocean islands Seychelles, Mauritius and the Maldives as well as UAE and Oman.
Company director Chris Goldring said the firm was "absolutely delighted to receive this recognition of our expertise and African safari specialism".
"We focus on providing the perfect ‘once in a lifetime’ African and Indian Ocean experience – from adventure safaris to honeymoons on paradise islands – and work very hard to ensure our teams unique knowledge of the category guarantees lifelong memories for our clients.”
Although based in Northern Ireland, the business sells to holidaymakers the world over.
"Sixty per cent of our business comes from outside the UK - 30 per cent of which is from the US," said Mr Goldring.
"This award is testament to our unique approach to catering for our clients. We believe ‘once in a lifetime holidays’ are so precious that our customer service and knowledge of the destinations we promote must be unparalleled. At Mahlatini Luxury Travel we pride ourselves on only working with destination partners who align to our vision.”
British Travel Awards’ chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton congratulated the firm.
"Competition was fierce this year with more companies entering the competition than ever before - but ultimately it is the travelling public who decide the winners by voting for the travel companies they consider the best in the business," she said.