The Belfast-based company, established over 15 years ago, is a specialist tour operator with an exclusive focus on tailor-made travel to African and the Indian Ocean Islands. Co-founder and Director of Sales, Greg Fox will lead the South African division. “First-hand product knowledge and excellent supplier relationships are central to Mahlatini’s success. As the company continues to grow exponentially it was a natural move for us to build a permanent base in South Africa.”
The Cape Town office will serve as a sales and product office with all other functions being retained in the Belfast headquarters. Chris Goldring, Director of Operations explains: “We have state-of-the-art bespoke systems that enable us to easily connect with our international client and supplier base. The Cape Town office will seamlessly operate as an extension of the UK office and that ‘on the ground’ presence will provide numerous benefits to our clients. An increase in response times to sales enquiries and providing assistance to travelling clients are amongst the many benefits we envisage.”
Chris continues: “Cape Town is at the heart of the luxury African travel sector and we are excited to extend our fantastic team of exceptional travel experts through this sister office. Many of the existing Mahlatini team are African citizens or have lived and worked there so there will be a natural synergy.”
The new SA division will be based in contemporary office space in Salt River. It is scheduled to open within the next few months.