South Africa for Clients: Top Destination for 2021

South Africa is home to some of the greatest wilderness experiences, including safaris, and awe-inspiring landscapes and mountains. In addition, the country offers world-class wines, restaurants, and galleries. Use this list as a guide when planning your clients’ South African vacation for 2021.

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Visiting Japan: Top Destination for 2021

As we, at Sky Bird, geared up for travel to happen again in 2021, we compiled a list of destinations people are most eager to visit. As springtime arrives, it is no surprise that customers are asking about Japan. With the beautiful Cherry Blossoms approaching full bloom, Japan is also full of adventure (ranging from laid-back to heart-pumping), World Heritage Site landmarks, amazing shopping and delicious cuisine. Keep reading to learn what all there is to do in Japan.

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Qatar for Clients: Top Destination for 2021

Qatar is a peninsula Arab country and a regular stopover destination. Whether your clients are scheduled for a short visit or a full trip, introduce this Sky Bird agent-favorite as an alternative to places they have already seen. Full of tradition, adventure, shopping, and enough spas to un-do the effects of 2020, Qatar offers a stunning welcome back to the joy of traveling.

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Top Travel Destinations for 2021

After more than a year without regular traveling, the big question your clients have for you will be, “Where should we go?” Here at Sky Bird, we have compiled a list of 2021’s top 10 destinations that will make your clients want to pack their bags! Our list blends some of our most booked destinations we have seen in the travel business, and some of our agents’ personal favorites.  Pack your client’s next journey full of culture and adventure, and book it seamlessly on our WINGS Booking Engine.

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Why Travel Agents Should Utilize GDS

Global Distribution Systems, or GDS, are the bread and butter of airline consolidators, but many travel agents are not utilizing these amazing tools to their full potential. By working with an airline consolidator, travel agents can save time, money, and have a competitive advantage. This article is part of a monthly series on airline consolidators and how travel agents can put their services to work for them.
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Running the Extra Mile

How Sky Bird Provides the Best Customer Service

Travel Agent: I booked my customer’s flight through you and they are experiencing a problem with a cancelled flight.

Other Airfare Consolidators: We can’t help you with that. You’ll have to  call the airline.

Um, no. At Sky Bird, we do things differently. We are committed to going the extra mile for our customers. A happy traveler is a repeat customer for you. We are more than happy to go out of our way to support you and your clients from the moment you book the flight until they return home.

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How To Answer “Are Travel Agents Still Relevant?”

You’ve probably read the articles. They shout “Travel Agents Are Relevant Again!” and it makes you feel good thinking that customers who once sought the ease of OTAs will come knocking on your door.

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Sky Bird Travel & Tours Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Airline Industry Guests Fêted at The Henry Ford

There was no more appropriate place to celebrate a travel company’s anniversary than the Henry Ford Museum. Retired planes suspended from the ceiling served as the perfect backdrop for the 40th Anniversary celebration of Sky Bird Travel & Tours, a leading airfare consolidator.
On the evening of Thursday October 20th, dozens of guests from airlines and elsewhere in the travel industry gathered at the Henry Ford. The color of the evening was red – symbolizing the new Sky Bird logo, unveiled earlier this year, as well as the Ruby Anniversary of the company.
For forty years, Sky Bird has been a trusted airfare consolidator. The company was founded in metro Detroit in 1976 by husband and wife team, Arvin and Jaya Shah. From these humble beginnings, Sky Bird grew to the award-winning company it is today, with offices across the country and two international branches in Toronto, Mumbai, and Manila.
Sky Bird Travel & Tours would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all who helped make our 40th anniversary a success!

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Ice sculpture to commemorate Sky Bird’s 40th Anniversary

 

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Mr. Shah addresses the guests of the 40th Anniversary Gala

 

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40th Anniversary Gala at the Henry Ford Museum

 

Left to Right: Akshay Shah, Vice President of Marketing; Shweta Shah, Marketing Director; Jaya Shah, Executive and Co-Founder; Arvin Shah, Executive and Co-Founder.
Left to Right: Akshay Shah, Vice President of Marketing; Shweta Shah, Marketing Director; Jaya Shah, Executive and Co-Founder; Arvin Shah, Executive and Co-Founder.

 

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Left to Right: Raj Patel, Executive; Manisha Patel; Jaya Shah, Executive and Co-Founder; Arvin Shah, Executive and Co-Founder.

 

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Elegant place settings at the 40th Anniversary Gala

 

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Traditional Indian flute player

 

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KGB, a Motown Tribute Band

 

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Musicians play traditional Indian music at the 40th Anniversary Gala

 

Around the World: Arderne Gardens

Cape Town, South Africa

This garden has been well-loved by South Africans for nearly 200 years. It began as a private residence in the 1840s. Ralph Henry Arderne was a timber merchant living in the area and his unique position allowed him to acquire dozens of exotic seeds. On his land he built a house known as “The Hill.”

Garden of Champions

Gardens on the estate became a favorite spot for local residents to stroll and enjoy nature. When Arderne died in 1917, the property was divided and The Hill was demolished. Eventually the city government purchased the land and continued to make this place a relaxing spot to enjoy nature.

Today, the park is known for its trees, of which there are over 300; a koi pond, and the sprawling green lawns. Six of the trees have been designated as Champion Trees, meaning they are the largest tree of a species based on trunk circumference, height, and average crown spread. The Moreton Bay Fig is one of the largest trees in the country. The Arderne Gardens are popular for weddings, leisure seekers, and botany enthusiasts.

Moreton Bay Fig - a Champion Tree of Arderne Gardens. Photo Credit: By Marie Frei - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42543661
Moreton Bay Fig – a Champion Tree of Arderne Gardens. Photo Credit: By Marie Frei – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42543661

How to Get There

By car from Cape Town, it’s only 12.4 km south. To fly to Cape Town, we’re partnered with over 90 airlines, so no matter their city of departure, we can get your clients there. As a top airfare consolidator, Sky Bird Travel has the lowest net fares to South Africa. Call or email us today to get started!

 

Are your clients looking for something off the beaten path? Are they not interested in tourist traps? Stay tuned for our Around the World series. Several times a week, we share interesting things to do in exotic places. Give your clients a new experience in old places!